Philadelphia Eagles Defense Should Have Field Day vs. QB Tony Romo

By Joe Doris
Vladimir Cherry-US Presswire

When the Dallas Cowboys swag on into Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday afternoon, Philadelphia Eagles’ QB Michael Vick will not be the most turnover prone signal-caller in the stadium.

Instead, Cowboys’ QB Tony Romo will be the king of the oopsy-daisies.

Heading into Week 10 of this NFL season, Romo leads the league in interceptions, with a total of 13 on the year. Romo also lost two fumbles against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 3, making his turnover total a whopping 15 on the season.

Any defense facing off against Romo for the rest of the season will be licking their chops in anticipation, just waiting for their first chance to undercut one of the many ducks thrown by the quarterback.

And when it comes to the Eagles and their highly talented secondary, I predict that we are going to see plenty of turnover opportunities.

Eagles’ cornerbacks Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie will have their hands full against a stacked Cowboys’ wide receiving unit including Miles Austin and Dez Bryant, but should be on the lookout for plenty of ill-advised passes by Romo.

Eagles’ rookie CB Brandon Boykin should also see some opportunities, while the Cowboys will surely be airing the ball out with starting RB DeMarco Murray sidelined with injury.

One of the keys to the Eagles’ success against Romo will be their ability to get pressure on the Cowboys’ quarterback early, and often. The more frequently Eagles’ defensive ends Jason Babin and Trent Cole can beat their man around the edge, the more poor decisions Romo is bound to make.

Both Cole and Babin have had unimpressive seasons to date, with Cole totaling just 17 tackles and 1.5 sacks, with Babin putting up only 20 tackles and a pedestrian 3.5 sacks.

MLB DeMeco Ryans has proven to be a solid acquisition on the Eagles’ part, amassing 62 tackles on the year, but he himself cannot continue to anchor this defense on his own.

The Eagles desperately need to make a strong statement on defense in order to show their true potential this season. And with the unit facing off against Romo and his shaky, careless offense this weekend, it looks like the perfect time for the squad to take advantage.

If the Eagles want to win on Sunday they will need to force multiple turnovers, while leaving Romo down on the turf, gasping for air.


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