Dallas Cowboys vs. Tampa Bay Bucs: Position Battle Breakdown

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Next up we look at the rest of the offense starting with the OL


This was a major advantage for the Bucs a season ago. The Dallas Cowboys had hopes for the offensive line in 2021, but it ended up being one of the biggest ailments of the Dallas Cowboys team.

Now, the Bucs are starting a 2nd round Left Guard, an inexperienced Center moved from Tackle, and Pro Bowl LT Tristan Wirfs has dealt with a severe high ankle sprain along with an oblique strain. He should be able to go Sunday night, but will it impact his game?

The Dallas Cowboys offensive line is in question due to similar circumstances, though all members of the OL seem healthy. However, they’ll put a rookie in Tyler Smith at Left Tackle, where he didn’t get a ton of work in the off season. Connor McGovern should be the LG where he isn’t as strong. Tyler Biadasz is a question mark at Center. Terence Steele is experienced and a very good run blocker, but still a struggling pass protector. And of course Zack Martin is Zack Martin.


PUSH – It’s close and too close to call. The right side is a good competition. Zack Martin is the best player on either OL. The Cowboys run blocking is still solid with what they’re rolling with, but the pass protection is a big question. The Bucs OL have stability on the right side with new addition Shaq Mason and Donovan Smith. That’s where Dallas is stable as well and probably better with Martin. Just as TB is probably better on the left side thanks to Wirfs.