Bucs-Cowboys Preview

September 8 – It's show time. The regular season is finally upon us and the road to Super Bowl XXXVI will start in Dallas for Tampa Bay when the visiting Buccaneers take on the hometown Dallas Cowboys. Buccaneer Magazine has the preview.

MATCHUP: Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-0) at Dallas Cowboys (0-0)

WHERE: Texas Stadium in Dallas, Texas

WHEN:: Sunday, Sept. 9 at 1:00 p.m. ET. on FOX

LAST WEEK: The Bucs-Cowboys matchup will be both of these teams' first regular season games of 2001. Dallas finished the preseason with a 27-17 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars and a record of 2-3.

The Buccaneers were blown out, 36-7 in their preseason finale loss to the Atlanta Falcons. Tampa Bay achieved a record of 1-3 in preseason.

LAST SEASON The Cowboys had a dismal and injury filled season in 2000 and finished in fourth place in the NFC East with a 5-11 record. Dallas was 3-5 at home in 2000.

THE LAST TIME THESE TWO TEAMS MET: December 3, 2000-The Buccaneers defeated the visiting Cowboys in Raymond James Stadium last season, 27-7. Pro Bowl RB Warrick Dunn was the star of the day, rushing 22 times for 210 yards. This game would be the last time Tampa Bay played against QB Troy Aikman, who retired this offseason. Aikman struggled against the Bucs' relentless defense, completing just 16-of-30 passes for 158 yards. The Bucs defense created four turnovers against Dallas, one of which was an Aikman interception, which CB Brian Kelly returned 9-yards for a touchdown. Tampa Bay's defense also limited RB Emmitt Smith to 80 yards on 20 carries. At halftime, Tampa Bay was up in this game, 20-0.

BUCS-COWBOYS SERIES: Tampa Bay and Dallas have met each nine times in their history. The Cowboys have the all-time edge in this series, 8-1, and in the regular season, the Cowboys are 6-1 against the Buccaneers. Going into the 2000 season, Tampa Bay had never defeated two teams in NFL-the Cleveland Browns and Dallas Cowboys. Although the Bucs are still winless against Cleveland in the regular season, they recorded a win against Dallas at Raymond James Stadium last season.

The Buccaneers are winless in Dallas with an all-time record of 0-7. The last time the Pewter Pirates visited Dallas to play the Cowboys was in 1990, where the Bucs lost 14-10.

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