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Cowboys are Walking Wounded Going Into Monday Night
Posted By David Willow On Sep 23 2011 @ 7:33 pm In Dallas Cowboys | No Comments
The dust has settled after a Sunday of great highs and great lows. In the end the Cowboys got a huge moral victory with Tony Romo leading a gutsy comeback against the San Francisco 49ers, with the end resulted being cracked ribs and a punctured lung for the quarterback. The Cowboys also lost Miles Austin with a hamstring injury, Felix Jones suffered a separated should, and Jason Witten bruised his ribs.
So going into their first home opener the Cowboys will have the dreaded questionable tag on starters Tony Romo, Dez Bryant (who was out week 2 with a quad injury), and Felix Jones. Walking wounded indeed. That’s not to say I’m making excuses for the team, just a statement of fact.
That being said, Dallas will be a facing a Washington team that is on a roll. They are averaging a respectable 270 yard average through the air, and will provide miss matches of Santana Moss and Fred Davis that should give the Dallas’s secondary headaches. Moss may be held in check with the return of Terrence Newman, who has had success against Moss, though he will be playing his first game in months. They may be left wanting when matching up against Davis though.
When Rex Grossman played Dallas towards the end of last season he lit the team up for 322 yards and 4 TDs. He did also turn the ball over 3 times, but the Skins won in the end putting up 33 points. It’ll be interesting to see which Grossman shows up on Monday.
Dallas’ run game has improved a great deal, allowing for an average of 59 yards on the ground, good enough for 2nd in the NFL. With the aforementioned return of Terrence Newman, the Cowboys may be able to improve their overall defense, which will likely be the key to game if they are going to have a chance to win.
Tony Romo has been determined to play this week, after being fitted for a flack jacket to protect his fractured ribs. He has yet to practice, though that will likely have little bearing on whether or not he plays.
The scale could tip in Dallas’s favor a bit, if Dez Bryant suits up, as the Cowboys will look to employ the services of Jessie Holley, Kevin Ogletree, and rookie Dwayne Harris in his absence. They won’t totally incumber the team, but let’s be honest, without Bryant, or even with him for that matter, the Boys will be looking Jason Witten’s way a lot on Monday night.
DeAngelo Hall commented that he would target Romo’s ribs in an attempt to take him out if Romo were to play. This has launched a debate throughout the sports world. Bottom line is it’s a classless thing for Hall to say, and shows a true lack of confidence in his ability to just play the game and win, but it should be clarified that it’s not dirty. In the game of football it’s just they way of things. If a player is hurt, defensive players will target you, and if Romo plays he will go in knowing that his ribs will be targeted. Teddy Bruschi said the same thing when Arian Foster tweeted an MRI of his hamstring, saying that he would target the hamstring if he played against Foster and so would most defensive players.
Whether Romo plays or not, the game will likely be decided on the defensive end for each team. The scale is tipped in the Redskins’ favor, but I think the Cowboys will come in with a tonof confidence, especially if Romo plays. Edge to the Skins.
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