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Cowboys Face Unknown In Olson

The Cowboys will head to Raymond James Stadium this weekend to open the ’09 season against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In the teams only meeting last year the Cowboys edged out Tampa Bay 13-9, on the back of Roy Williams’ first touchdown as a Cowboy. This week they will be going against Bucs’ new offensive coordinator Greg Olson. Olson took over the position just 11 days ago when the Bucs fired Jeff Jagodzinski. Jagodzinski did not even last a full preseason as O.C. in Tampa Bay. He was one of a few coordinators that lost their jobs in the last two weeks.

For the Cowboys this will present a challenge. The Cowboys have lots of film on the Bucs, but most, if not all, is useless when trying to figure out how new head coach, Raheem Morris, and new offensive coordinator, Greg Olson, will attack this Cowboys defense. One thing the Cowboys do know is that this offense will be more aggressive then they have leading up to this point. “You will see more of the down field, double-move hitches. You’ll see things of that nature. You’ll see the timing game there as well. But if we’re going to be a good team, we’re going to have to use our play-action passing. We want to use it as a weapon. You’ll get a chance to see some of that stuff from Oly,” Morris said on Tuesday.

The Cowboys will head into this game hoping to make a statement against a solid Bucs defense led by CB Rhonde Barber and LB Barrett Ruud. Many respected media outlets have criticized the Cowboys for having a lack of explosiveness on offense. But, the one thing the Cowboys offense has shown in this preseason is that they can score points. They will have a chance to show their abilities this Sunday 1 pm EST.

My pick: Cowboys 33 Bucs 13.

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