Halftime thoughts on Buccaneers-Cowboys

September, 23, 2012
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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are in a tight game at Dallas.

The Cowboys are leading 10-7 at halftime in a game that’s been dominated by the defenses.

Tampa Bay got an early break when cornerback Aqib Talib intercepted Tony Romo. That set up the Tampa Bay offense for a quick touchdown.

But it’s not just the Cowboys who are handing out free points. The Bucs basically have handed Dallas 10 points. Late in the first quarter, quarterback Josh Freeman was intercepted. Freeman’s pass went off the hands and facemask of running back D.J. Ware, but you have to wonder if Freeman might have been better off putting a little touch on the ball, instead of throwing a Nolan Ryan fastball. DeMarco Murray quickly followed that up with a touchdown run.

The Bucs also set up a Dallas field goal when Jordan Shipley, who was re-signed a couple days ago, failed to handle a punt and Dallas recovered.

Tampa Bay’s defense is playing pretty well. But the offense hasn’t been able to put together anything on a consistent basis since the first drive. If the Bucs are going to have any shot at winning this game, they need much better production from their offense in the second half.

Feel free to share your thoughts on the Bucs in the comments section below. I'll be back with a wrap-up soon after the game ends.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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