Cowboys - Bucs Report Card

Quincy Carter didn't get much time to throw, and he had no help from the running game. He was off target and forced passes into coverage. He completed 15 of 25 passes for 140 yards with two interceptions.

PASSING OFFENSE: F -- Quincy Carter didn't get much time to throw, and he had no help from the running game. He was off target and forced passes into coverage. He completed 15 of 25 passes for 140 yards with two interceptions. They didn't have much of a chance because Carter rarely had time to throw. Still, they did little with the chances they had. Antonio Bryant, who had a drop, was held without a catch for the first time this season.

RUSHING OFFENSE: F -- Troy Hambrick rushed 11 times for 25 yards. Fullback Richie Anderson rushed for 17 yards on six carries, and running back Aveion Cason carried twice for minus-1 yard and lost a fumble. The offensive line could do nothing with the Bucs' defense against the run.

PASS DEFENSE: C -- This unit was solid. Ends Greg Ellis and Eric Ogbogu each had sacks. However, it could have done more. End Kenyon Coleman had a chance to fall on a fumble after the Ellis sack but unsuccessfully tried to pick it up and run. Cornerback Terence Newman gave up a TD reception to Keyshawn Johnson. Mario Edwards was flagged for holding and illegal contact. Darren Woodson was burned by tight end Ken Dilger for a 48-yard reception.

RUSH DEFENSE: D -- Middle linebacker Dat Nguyen had a team-leading 15 tackles. But the Cowboys allowed Michael Pittman to rush for 113 yards. He is the first runner to top the 100-yard barrier against the Cowboys in 12 games, dating back to Jacksonville's Fred Taylor last season.

SPECIAL TEAMS: D -- Billy Cundiff ended a streak of 12 consecutive successful field-goal attempts with a miss from 41 yards out. Terence Newman turned a Tampa Bay field goal into a Tampa Bay TD with a penalty.

COACHING: D -- Tampa Bay coach Jon Gruden succeeded where Bill Parcells failed. He got some offensive production in a defense-minded game. The flea-flicker was right out of the playbook Parcells used against the Cardinals. Parcells said it best. The score was a lot closer than the game, which ultimately means the Cowboys are a lot farther away from the top than they thought they were.

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