Dallas Cowboys vs. Tampa Bay Bucs: Position Battle Breakdown

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Both of these defenses would like to claim they’ve improved from a season ago. Both teams have tremendous cases that show they have. As a matter of fact, you might expect a significantly lower scoring game than what we saw in 2021. Let’s stack up these defenses, Dallas Cowboys fans.


The Dallas Cowboys play out of a 4-3 base while the Bucs play in a 3-4 base. Throw it out the window. It doesn’t matter. Teams are too multiple in their alignments and schemes to truly designate a base defense. So we will just look at the players each team uses as their Ends and Edge players.

The Bucs will sport a couple of inside/outside guys in William Gholston and rookie Logan Hall, followed by their wide rushers in Joe Tryon-Shoyinka and Shaq Barrett. The Bucs also signed Carl Nassib in the offseason. That’s a quality, well rounded and deep group.

The Dallas Cowboys need DeMarcus Lawrence to stay healthy. They’re simply better when he’s on the field. He’s their best traditional D Lineman in both the run and pass. The team made off season additions with Dante Fowler and rookie Sam Williams. They also brought back Dorance Armstrong who had a breakout season in 2021. With this, the Bucs would take the spot. Unless we’re forgetting someone…


DALLAS – The Dallas Cowboys have the ultimate hybrid player. Micah Parsons played quite literally everywhere his rookie season. Now, he’ll have more opportunities to come off the edge whether it be as a DE or OLB. He does both. Parsons makes all the difference in the world. No one in the league has a player that can do what he does. Seven of his 13 sacks came off the edge last season. Most of which occurred in the final 9 games where he racked up 11 sacks.