Can The Cowboys Keep It All In Stride Despite Obvious Limp?
Even though its only week 3 in the NFL For the Dallas Cowboys it already seems like the season has lasted an eternity over the first two weeks.
In as many weeks the Cowboys have managed to lose their main offensive weapons in WR, Dez Bryant (Broken Foot), QB, Tony Romo (Broken Collarbone) and possibly TE, Jason Witten ( Ankles, Knees).
Even though for now Witten is saying he is going to play this week he is still not 100% going into Sunday’s Game Vs Atlanta.
On the defensive side the Cowboys have also lost CB, Orlando Scandrick (Knee) for the season and Rookie DE, Randy Gregory (High Ankle Sprain), is listed as day to day and is needed at Rt. DE, until Greg Hardy can get into the lineup
Romo is expected to miss 6 to 8 weeks while Dez could miss 8-weeks or more and unless backup QB, Brandon Weeden and WR, Devin Street can fill the shoes of their fallen team mates it could be too much for the defending Eastern Division Champs to overcome.
Granted though the NFC East is a mess right now with the Cowboys injuries and the other three teams in the division (Washington, NY Giants and Philadelphia) all struggling just to get wins, It was only three weeks ago before the season began that many considered the Cowboys to be the overwhelming favorite to repeat as division champs, but now with the recent rash of injuries to the Cowboys they have suddenly slid back into the pack with their NFC East counterparts and even though they lead the division and are 2-0, if backups like QB, Brandon Weeden and WR , Devin Street don’t step up to the plate and deliver keeping Dallas on the winning track things could change in a hurry long before Romo and Bryant are able to return.
Dallas did make a trade with Buffalo last week giving a conditional draft pick to the Bills for former Patriots QB, Matt Cassel after the injury to Romo as added insurance should Weeden falter or become injured himself.
But unless any of the Cowboys backups manage to completely surprise everyone, for now the gap in talent at QB going from Romo to Weeden or Cassel OR WR dropping off from Bryant to Street is as wide as the Grand Canyon its self and leaves numerous questions that WILL be answered in the coming weeks.
If the Cowboys can manage to win just half of their games it’s possible they could still be in the race for the NFC East and getting Gregory and McClain back on defense and also finally getting DE, Greg Hardy on the team in three weeks could possibly give the Cowboys just what they need, a good enough defense to offset a questionable offense plus they already have one week under their belt when you count their bye week (week #6).
This is Whats On My Sports Mind about this subject:
The Cowboys are going to be tested right out the gate Sunday when they host the 2-0, Atlanta Falcons who have looked pretty good in the first two weeks of the season beating the Philadelphia Eagles and NY Giants. But for now My Sports Mind will have to reserve any definite opinion as to just how good the Falcons really are considering they beat two 0-2 teams.
During Romo’s and Dez’s Absence the teams the Cowboys will face are: Vs Atlanta, @ New Orleans, Vs New England, Bye Week, @ NY Giants, Vs Seattle, Vs Philadelphia, @ Tampa Bay and if they are not back after week 8 the Cowboys would be @ Miami in week 9 and home week 10 to face Carolina.
Now looking at their schedule My Sports Mind tells me winning half of their games or MORE is doable but it won’t be easy. Of the Cowboys up coming opponents only the Patriots, Panthers and Falcons are currently 2-0, with Seattle, Philadelphia and New Orleans at 0-2 and the other four opponents all at 1-1.
My Sports Mind tells me that when Romo and Dez finally return that Dallas is going to be 6-3-0 and still in the drivers seat in the NFC East. You heard it here first.
Perhaps the only team that looks to be the biggest obstacle for Dallas is of course the defending champion, New England Patriots, and to think I was glad when QB, Tom Brady’s four game suspension was upheld because I wanted them to be at their best when MY Cowboys play them in week 5 so they (Patriot Fans) wouldn’t have any excuses when we beat them. BUT now instead of the Patriots not having Brady, It’s a sure bet that Dallas won’t have Romo.
Oh well if the Cowboys lose at least I have an excuse right 😉
The best offensive formation for Dallas to lineup in during Romo’s absence, IN My Sports Mind is a double tight end formation, utilizing the size of a hopefully a near 100% Jason Witten and backup TE, Gavin Escobar. The Cowboys will still have the deep threat with WR, Terrance Williams and perhaps WR’s, Devin Street or newly acquired Brice Butler (Acquired in a trade with Oakland), But using the double TE formation will allow Weeden to have two BIG mid to close range targets giving him a much better chance of getting rid of the ball faster, better accuracy at mid and close range and also a little more of a comfort zone while he attempts to build his own confidence level.
I also feel that once DE, Greg Hardy’s suspension is up in 2-weeks and with LB, Rolando McClain returning and they are added to the equation on defense, My Sports Mind tells me they will have an even better chance of getting more wins while waiting on the offense to recover, at least I SURE hope so.
So Whats On Your Sports Mind about this subject?