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Cowboys Vs. Bucs: Tampa Looks Improved Under Greg Schiano

After a 10-6 season for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2010, the expectations for the young team with former first-round pick Josh Freeman at the helm were sky high. And the team fell flat on their face. With just four wins in 2011, the Bucs finished the season on a 10-game losing streak and Raheem Morris was fired.

While the move to hire Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano wasn't universally liked, the early returns for the Buccaneers have been promising as they've looked like anything but a 4-12 team in 2012. After beating the Panthers in Week 1, Tampa Bay built up a big lead on the road against the Super Bowl champion-New York Giants in Week 2.

Although the Giants pulled together a furious rally with 25 points in the fourth quarter to snatch away the win with less than a minute remaining, the second consecutive impressive performance hasn't gone unnoticed.

After a bad Week 2 loss to the Seahawks, the Cowboys have the task of hosting this improved Buccaneers squad in Week 3.

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