Weeden (at left), Romo (third from left), Cassel (far right) – Photo credit:Â Mike Stone/Getty Images
Dallas Cowboys -Â Six Straight and Sinking Fast
Eagles 33 Cowboys 27
By Michelle Jinks @TheSportsJinks
November 8, 2015 â€“ Days after the NFL draft, the Dallas Cowboys were full of potential â€“ Super Bowl potential. They had just completed the best steals in the draft and free agency, including todayâ€™s most hated man in Greg Hardy. With these additions Dallas was certain to surpass the 12-4 finish from 2014 and perhaps move closer to San Francisco in February.
Fast forward six months and there is no resemblance of the team with such great expectations.Â
After a 2-0 start all hell broke out for the Cowboys. Dez Bryant broke his foot in the season opening win over the New York Giants. The next week Tony Romo went down with a broken collar bone in a win over Philadelphia. Joseph Randle, the starter for the first six games, was released on November 3rd after an injury and a pending suspension for violating the NFLâ€™s personal conduct policy stemming from two separate arrests within four months. Not to mention Sean Lee continues to show he is not reliable after suffering another concussion last Sunday against Philadelphia.
Things are crumbling in Dallas at a rapid pace. But not without giving the fans hope that perhaps they could overcome all that seem to come their way.
This team could very easily be 7-1 rather than 2-6. With the exception of the New England game, the Cowboys were leading in the fourth quarter or had the ball in the final minutes with the opportunity to seal the victory.
Their hopes unfortunately were in the hands of Brandon Weeden and Matt Cassel, two quarterbacks who have combined for a 0-6 record in Romoâ€™s absence.
But can we only blame the quarterbacks?
This season alone there are 10 teams that have played with a backup quarterback (Cowboys, Redskins, Steelers, Browns, Bears, Titans, Colts, Saints, Texans, 49ers, and Bills). Theyâ€™ve combined for a 6-18 record. Only Matt Hasselbeck (2-0), Mike Vick (2-1), Ryan Mallett (1-2) and Blaine Gabbert (1-0) have recorded wins.
Throughout Romoâ€™s 9 year tenure in Dallas, his team is 6-15 without him and they havenâ€™t won a game in his absence since 2010.
Good coaches find a way to get their players ready to play despite the hurdles. Good defenses step up to the plate and make up for big losses on offense. Super Bowl capable teams figure out how to win a game or two in the absence of their best player.
The Cowboys have one last chance to win without Romo when they face Tampa Bay on the road this Sunday. At this point, Dallas has to win out if they have any dreams of playing past the regular season.
Do the Cowboys have any â€œgoodâ€ on their side?