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Possible big night Monday?

Joe has been reading breakdowns of Monday night’s game between the Bucs and the Cowboys that say the Bucs could take advantage of a shaky Dallas secondary provided failing offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich has an epiphany and decides to exploit matchups.

Yes, Dallas corner Trevon Diggs is good. But it’s not like Mike Evans hasn’t had success against him.

A guy Joe respects a bunch is Greg Cosell of NFL Films. He co-hosts NFL Matchup and Joe really likes his decades of smart film study. In the video below, Cosell demonstrates how well Tom Brady reads defenses. Yeah, at 45, Brady still has it.

Then Cosell spoke more about Diggs and the Cowboys secondary.

Cosell said rarely is Diggs ordered to match up against one receiver the entire game. Cosell noted games against the Vikings where Diggs tailed Justin Jefferson and against the Eagles where Diggs matched up with A.J. Brown.

“Diggs is not necessarily a matchup corner,” Cosell explained. “He predominantly plays on the right.

“He’s matched up a couple of times this year. Jefferson, A.J. Brown. He did not match up to Evans. Did not travel with him in that game.”

In a 40-3 blowout of the Vikings in Minneapolis in Week 11, Diggs took out Jefferson, who had only 38 yards. Now Joe doesn’t know what game (or both) Cosell referred to about Diggs matching up on Brown, but Brown had a mixed bag in the two games the Cowboys and Eagles played.

In a 26-17 Eagles win in Week 6, Brown had a meh game, five catches on eight targets for 67 yards, but he did have a touchdown. Diggs had no passes defended.

In a 40-34 Dallas win in Week 16, Brown blew up with 103 yards on six catches and eight targets. Diggs did not have a pass defended.

Cosell didn’t seem to think the Cowboys will matchup Diggs on Evans because Dallas may need help from Diggs on the left side at times.

“They’ve got issues at left corner,” Cosell said. “They don’t really know who their left corner is right now.”

As Joe stated, provided someone gets through to Leftwich and he goes after matchups, the Bucs offense may be in good shape.

Of course, we’re talking Leftwich here. So Joe has virtually no faith. But, there is hope.

Monday Night! #GoBucs vs #DallasCowboys ! Tom Brady will look to take advantage of favorable 1-on-1 matchups on the outside vs Dallas depleted secondary. @gregcosell breaks down how Brady & the Bucs offense create & recognize favorable matchups.@DariusJButler | @PlaybooKFoley

— NFL Matchup on ESPN (@NFLMatchup) January 14, 2023

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