Tony Romo is the only quarterback in NFL history to beat two undefeated teams with a record of 7-0 or better. He’s also playing some of his most desperate and reckless football since becoming the starting quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys. Romo is turning the ball over with regularity this season (ten interceptions), due in large part to a total lack of an offensive line, poor play calling and coaching, and an inconsistent running game. Maybe Tony Romo can’t do it all by himself, but the Atlanta Falcons should still be on upset alert in Week Nine for a number of reasons as their undefeated season faces an interesting challenge from a confusingly underachieving Cowboys squad.
The incredible comeback effort the Dallas Cowboys put forth last week could bleed into their matchup with the Falcons. Don’t expect the same sloppy display that started their matchup with the New York Giants.
Another week to get acclimated to losing their starting middle linebacker can only help a top-rated Dallas Cowboys defense. The Cowboys defense picked up the slack for their horrible offense all game last week; imagine what they can do if they’re not put in horrible positions all game. Additionally, the much-improved Dallas secondary is one of few in the league that can cover both Julio Jones and Roddy White. The Falcons will struggle offensively if they cannot maintain a balanced attack throughout the game.
After Jason Witten’s historic outing against the Giants, it seems no one can cover the future Hall of Famer. The Atlanta Falcons defense likely won’t have an answer for him either, particularly since he’s stopped dropping passes.
On the flip side, Dallas has struggled mightily this season and lacks continuity and discipline. Dez Bryant was unable to practice all week, but was given permission to stay out beyond his curfew for a birthday party before Sunday night’s matchup with the undefeated Atlanta Falcons. DeMarco Murray and Sean Lee are out, representing arguably the two most talented players on the Cowboys on either side of the ball. Tony Romo continues to get hit just about every other snap, which is a recipe for disaster for any gunslinger quarterback.
In the end, the Cowboys are as dysfunctional as they’ve been in years, but I wouldn’t sleep on them. They’re desperate, talented, and getting four points on the road against a Falcons team that has been far from dominant over their first seven games. I think Dallas gives them a game this week.