TAMPA, Fla. — Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarter back Jameis Winston enters the next leg of a two-game trip against elite guards when he faces the Dallas Cowboys, ranked No. 5 over all, on Sunday (inch rebounds ET, Fox). Last week, Baltimore’s No. 1-ranked unit held him to a career-low 157 passing yards.
Here’s a look at Sunday’s match:
It’s really a Cowboys defense compared to the sole Winston when Dallas beat the Bucs 26-20 faced in 2016. The employees has changed. They are getting more pressure at the start with DeMarcus Lawrence, that continues to develop his job after having a 14.5-sack season in 20 17, since does Randy Gregory after lost most of 2017.
In addition they hailed linebackers Leighton Vander Esch along with Jaylon Smith and defensive end Taco Charlton, that has been coping with a shoulder injury. They also proceeded Byron Jones back into cornerback after he spent two years in safety.
“We only made a concerted effort being an organization to improve our defense. We played with a great deal of 38-35, 35-31-type games for quite a long time,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett explained.
It’s paying off. The Cowboys are allowing just 19.2 points per match, fourth-fewest in the league. Their 317.4 metres per game given up is also fifth-best in the league.
Under brand fresh defensive environments coach/passing game coordinator Kris Richard (Seattle’s defensive coordinator from 2015 to 2017), the Cowboys play with lots of Cover 3, single-high safety as opposed to a split-safety program.
How can that impact Winston?
Though Dallas has strong employees on the rear end, Dirk Koetter’s four verticals passing theory does allow the Bucs to attack seam routes, along with Winston’s usage of play-action can help capture defenders out of position when setting their safety at a bind.
Not much blitzing
Unlike past week, even when Winston faced a Ravens defense which blitzes greater per drop-back than any other team from the league (36.5 per cent ), the Cowboys only blitz 19.2 percentage of the time (eighth fewest).
Dallas prefers to rush with four, with stunts and twists. Will that change this week following the Cowboys put very little pressure on Andrew Luck a week at a 23-0 loss in Indianapolis? There’s been discussion their pass rush has burst down the stretch, but leave it to Rod Marinelli to get those guys back on trail.
Limiting QBs Beyond the pocket
1 thing the Cowboys did well against Winston in 2016 was limit his ability to make plays outside the pocket. They are doing this year, which makes it problematic for opposing quarterbacks to complete passes on the go.
Quarterbacks have a 96.3 passer rating against the Cowboys, 22nd in the group. However, their 66.1 percentage passer rating enabled out the pocket is fourth-lowest in the league. The Cowboys will also be the only team from the league which hasn’t given up a touchdown thrown from outside the pocket.
If you go back to past week Luck was able to scramble beyond the pocket for first negatives, something Winston does exceptionally well.
Like a week against the Ravens, when Winston and the Bucs were held to 12 points and closed out at the second half, the Bucs face another defense that’s good from the red zone. The Cowboys’ defense includes a 50 per cent Redzone efficiency score, sixth-best in the league.
The Bucs may also need to be efficient using their scoring chances. The Ravens controlled time of possession a week by conducting the ball, and that’s something the Cowboys can do with Ezekiel Elliott. The threat of wide out Amari Cooper prevents opposing teams from piling the box against Elliott, allowing Dallas to control the clock.