Thanks, Jason Hatcher and Tony Romo for giving Peyton Manning and co. a motivating factor to beat up on the Dallas Cowboys this Sunday. You both just could not keep your mouths quiet for one moment, could you?
After being pummeled by the air assault in last week’s defeat provided by the “gun-slinging” quarterback Philip Rivers of the San Diego Chargers, who threw for 401 passing yards and completed 83 percent of his passes, the Cowboys’ defensive end Hatcher had to proclaim to the media on Thursday his team “ain’t scared of nobody”.
Well, Hatcher, you should be.
Manning is having a record-breaking campaign and has been near flawless in the first four weeks of the regular season. He has generated a 138 passer rating to go along with 1,470 passing yards, 16 touchdowns and zero interceptions. He is currently on pace to throw for 5,880 yards, 64 touchdowns and zero interceptions.
With future projections this gaudy, the entire Cowboys team should not anxiously be waiting to face the dangerous Denver Broncos offense.
If Hatcher truly believes the Cowboys can contain the unstoppable Manning, he needs to take a closer glance at the statistics about his defense. The Cowboys’ defense ranks 27th against the pass, allowing opposing teams to average 307 yards per game in the air. To add insult to injury, quarterbacks are averaging nearly seven yards per pass and have a passer rating of 105.
If stats never lie, then Manning should have very little problems figuring out the Cowboys’ leaky defense.
Romo added more flames to the fire as well by suggesting the Broncos’ secondary rarely gets called for penalties for obsessive contact with wide receivers. To the contrary, the Broncos have been called for 10 defensive penalties, including five of them being pass interference. It is absolutely a facepalming moment for Romo to antagonize the Broncos’ defense, that has collected 11 sacks and six interceptions on the season.
I commend both Romo and Hatcher for potentially angering players on both sides of the ball for the Broncos and instilling a spark for team that does not even need it in the first place. Can anyone say a lose-lose situation?
Ryan Neiman writes for Rant Sports covering Dallas Cowboys Football. You could follow him on Twitter @FantasyUSports or @RyanNAnthony