It’s been made official. After back surgery for a herniated disk Tony Romo is out for the season. This changes the Dallas Cowboys‘ game plan headed into Sunday night a lot to say the least.
They are going to need to ride their workhorse running back into the ground. 25-30 carries for DeMarco Murray shouldn’t be out of the question for Jason Garrett and company. While Kyle Orton is a solid backup quarterback who can get the job done he has not seen significant snaps and live game action in a long, long time.
The running game will need to get the job done. If the Philadelphia Eagles don’t have to respect the run and can simply key in on Orton and the passing game this one could get ugly quick.
The Eagles face pressure of their own. The offense is clicking on all cylinders and should torch a weak Cowboys defense, minus their anchor in the middle in Sean Lee. They also will be expected to win and win big with the Cowboys playing minus Romo.
This one is for all the marbles. Unfortunately, Romo won’t be on the field with the opportunity to silence his critics who say he can’t get it done in December and January. Regardless of the game plan for the Boys, the Eagles should still take this game in fairly easy fashion on paper.
As we know, though, the game is not played on paper. It is never dull with these two, but I believe the Eagles’ health and superior talent wins out.
Final prediction? 37-24 Eagles.