Recently, Nate Davis of USA Today predicted that the Dallas Cowboys would go 3-13 in 2014. Of course, “National Writer Says Cowboys Will Be 3-13” became a headline and Cowboys fans, as ALL sports fans are prone to do, lost their collective minds after seeing that, claiming that the big, bad media machine was once again out to get them.
But if you read PAST the headline, Davis has a point, and his belief isn’t crazy.
First of all, 3-13 wasn’t just a randomly assigned number. Davis actually picked each of the 256 regular-season games to arrive at his record predictions. Davis also gives a one sentence explanation for each team, writing for Dallas “Tony Romo‘s back, defense are looking awfully frail. Dallas fans might end up pining for .500 teams.”
The 34-year-old quarterback is coming off a well-documented back injury and multiple surgeries. He’s proven in the past that he’s about as tough as they come at the quarterback position, playing through not only the back injury for much of last year, but also broken ribs and a punctured lung in previous seasons. However, as scary of a thought as it may be, there’s no guarantee that Romo will be able to come back and be the same prolific passer that he’s been during his career in Dallas.