It’s week 17 that bittersweet time for Dallas Cowboys fans where it boils down to another win and get in game against a division rival for the playoffs. I can’t say I didn’t forewarn you that this would happen, much to the chagrin of those fellow fans who follow my blog. The only difference is, this year; we are doing it without our starting quarterback Tony Romo.
Once again, the Cowboys will finish up the regular season on Sunday Night Football for the division title with the exception of starting this game with a backup quarterback. Surprisingly enough there are certain fans happier about this than most, especially with the rumor being that Romo “chokes” during win or go home games. However, having Kyle Orton starting changes the game plan a little bit and the Cowboys will be forced to do what they should have been doing all along, run the ball.
Gone will be the play calling mishaps that only Tony Romo’s escapability will get the team out of. Going into this game, you know that the defense isn’t going to hold the Eagles offense, especially if they come out showing like they did in the Chicago Bears game last weekend. With the defense already on its last leg and more second and third stringers in than starters, they aren’t going to be the deciding factor in this game. Dallas fans can’t expect the defense to magically stop playing as badly as they have the last couple of games. This isn’t realistically possible. So this game will be left up to the offense to take up the slack as they have all season long.
So we take a long turn back to the play calling. This game for me personally will determine a few unanswered questions. Is it really Tony Romo who is struggling to produce the ball downfield or is it really the play calling? We won’t have Romo being himself at the helm and therefore we will have Orton there instead. Orton, while considered one of the better back up quarterbacks in the league, can be hit or miss. After all, Orton was once benched for quarterbacks Rex Grossman and Tim Tebow. However, not to sell Orton short, he’s been on this team and is one of the higher paid backups for a reason he just isn’t our Romo.
Regardless of who is playing and who isn’t playing the NFL is a team sport. It’s time for the team to rally and want to win. Whether Kyle Orton or newly resigned former backup Jon Kitna or even emergency quarterback Dwayne Harris is at the helm of the offense this is the time the coaching staff, Jason Garrett, Bill Callahan and Monte Kiffin need to get their players ready and lay it all on the line.
Unfortunately, in my heart, I do believe this will be another win or go home game, that Dallas cannot put together and will once again embarrass the Dallas Cowboys fans on national television.