Since winning their fifth Super Bowl, nearly two decades ago, the Cowboys have been the butt of plenty of jokes. Poor personnel decisions, questionable coaching hires, and general on-field ineptitude have characterized the NFL’s most valuable franchise for the majority of those two decades. Well, the Cowboys may be back! Off to a 6-1 start behind a dominant offensive line, all-world running back DeMarco Murray, and a no-name defense, Dallas could send a message to the rest of the NFC tonight. They’ll host the 2-5 Redskins, and with a line of -10, many of you may be reluctant. We’re here to say don’t worry, give the points, and take the Cowboys.
Cowboys QB Tony Romo has been called plenty of names during his career. “Primetime choke-artist” is prominent on that list, but if Romo is the cause for concern, listen closely. Romo has unjustifiably been pigeonholed as someone who melts down on the big stage. Sure, he’s thrown some untimely interceptions throughout his career, but without Romo, the Cowboys surely wouldn’t have had a chance in most of those games. Romo-haters, this Dallas team isn’t all about the QB.
After spending three of his last four first-round picks on offensive lineman, Jerry Jones is finally doing something right as the owner/GM of the Cowboys. Behind that massive line, DeMarco Murray is on pace for the most touches by a running back in NFL history. He’s also in striking distance of Eric Dickerson’s all-time single season rushing record. Moreover, armed with an array of different weapons, including All-Pro WR Dez Bryant, Romo is usually left waiting patiently in the pocket to find his receiver. With an offense that’s clicking, and capable of churning clock, Dallas’ leaky defense has been able to stay fresh and make some stops.
Tonight, though, the Dallas defense may not need much help. With Robert Griffin III still on the mend, the Redskins have moved onto their third starting quarterback of the season. Colt McCoy, the pride of Texas, makes an interesting homecoming to Dallas tonight as Washington’s starting QB. McCoy has bounced around the league as a backup since busting as Cleveland’s "quarterback of the future." He’s simply a placeholder until RG3 is ready to return from his broken ankle. Clearly, if the Redskins fall behind early, the Cowboys should be considered a lock to cover. McCoy doesn’t have the arm to stretch the field, so with any lead, the Cowboys can sit back and wait for a mistake. If the ‘Skins stand any chance of pulling the upset, they’ll have to hammer away with Alfred Morris in the running game. If they get down early, Colt will have to make some plays. Don’t count on that happening.
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