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Cowboys gobble up Bucs, 38-10

The Dallas Cowboys spotted the Tampa Bay Bucs a touchdown to start the traditional Thanksgiving Day game at Texas Stadium, and then proceeded to beat the stuffing out of them. Tony Romo had his best day as a Cowboy by going 22 of 29 for 306 yards and 5 TD's. He also didn't turn the ball over and was sacked only one time. Terry Glenn caught 2 TD's, Marion Barber caught 2 TD's, and Terrell Owens caught one.

Early in the game, the Cowboys secondary had a breakdown at safety and Joey Galloway got loose for a 53-yard catch that set up a Mike Alstott TD for a 7-0 lead. Dallas roared back behind the arm of Romo to score 14 straight points before surrendering a FG to Tampa. After that point, the Cowboys took over the game and dominated the Bucs both offensively and defensively scoring 24 unanswered points for a 38-10 victory and moved to 7-4 on the year. They currently reside in first place in the NFC East pending the outcome of the Giants game on Sunday.

Tony Romo continues to improve and turned in one of the best performances by a Dallas QB ever on Thanksgiving Day. Terry Glenn had a big day catching 4 passes for 89 yards and the aforementioned two TD's, and Terrell Owens caught 8 passes for 107 yards and a TD. Once Dallas had the big lead they turned to Marion Barber to grind out the clock and he lead Dallas with 83 yards on 16 carries. Barber also caught two TD's from short distance giving him 11 on the year.

The Dallas defense struggled briefly with the Bucs running game in the first half and allowed Cadillac Williams 78 yards on 17 carries for the game. But the Bucs fell behind late in the first half and had to rely on the passing game. Rookie QB Bruce Gradkowsi was over-matched by the Dallas defense and finished the game with 120 yards passing and threw interceptions to Roy Williams and Akin Ayodele.

Dallas dominated the Bucs in almost every statistical category including time of possession which they won 37 to 23 minutes. In short, they played like a team on a roll and one ready to make some serious noise in the NFC. Now, they've set themselves up for a showdown with the Giants next week for control of first place in the NFC East.

Not a bad day for the Cowboys, and not a bad day for Jessica Simpson's boyfriend.

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