Bucs' lack of offense proves costly against Cowboys

3:47 PM, Sep 23, 2012   |    comments
Sep 23, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Miles Austin (19) avoids the tackle of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense during the second quarter at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-US PRESSWIRE
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Arlington, Texas --  The Bucs last minute heroics came up short for the second straight week as the Cowboys held on to beat the Buccaneers 16-10.

Tampa Bay got a Connor Barth 28-yard field goal with forty-four seconds left to go in the game to pull the Bucs with in six. But the Buccaneers were unable to come up with the onside kick attempt. Dallas improves to 2-1 and the Bucs' fall to 1-2.  

In the third quarter The Bucs were unable to convert two Cowboys fumbles in Dallas territory. And in a sloppy and penalty encrusted second quarter the Buccaneers trailed the Cowboys heading into halftime 10-7.

The turning point was when new Buccaneer Jordan Shipley's fumbled punt return was recovered by the Cowboys. The Dallas ensuing possession led to a go-ahead field goal, making it 10-7.

Josh Freeman is still struggling, completing just 5 of 10 passes for 23 yards, with a touchdown and an interception. The Tampa Bay offense has only mustered 70 yards on 23 plays, and they've yet to throw the ball for a pass completion longer than 10 yards in the contest.

Just before the half, Gerald McCoy sacked Tony Romo for the Bucs' first sack of the game. The tackle took the Cowboys out of possible field goal range.

Tampa Bay has committed 7 penalties for 50 yards.

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