September 22, 2015 Louisville, KY. (Analyzed Sports)
Can Dallas Cowboys remain in playoff contention without Romo, Bryant?
The numbers over the years suggests NFL teams that start out 2-0 to any regular season since 1978, have a close to 70 percent chance at making the playoffs. The Dallas Cowboys (2-0) are in a very peculiar situation after their first two wins of the 2015 NFL season. The Cowboys have opened up the season with two pivotal wins against division foes, but have been unfortunate losing out on several key players to injury, in the process of each victory. Week one, Dallas opened up the season against the New York Giants at home in AT&T stadium. It would take last-minute game heroics from QB Tony Romo in the 4th quarter to earn a 27-26 victory over the Giants (0-2). Although Cowboy fans were happy and felt fortunate enough to pull out a win, they would later wonder how many games their star Pro-Bowl Wide-out Dez Bryant would miss after suffering a fractured fifth metatarsal in his foot during the game.
Although it’s a mystery about when the star receiver Bryant will return back to action, the Cowboys did tag and keep Dez off the short-term IR list which gives him a chance to get back to playing football within 6 or 7 weeks. To make matters worse, the Cowboys would suffer another blow losing talented rookie DE Randy Gregory who sustained a high ankle sprain during the same game against the Giants which could keep him out four to six weeks with his injury.
ROMO GETS HURT TOO
The next major win and injury would occur in Week two’s game against another division rival Philadelphia Eagles. This time it would be Pro-Bowl QB Tony Romo who sustained a left broken collarbone in the third quarter of a 20-10 victory against the Eagles (0-2). According to multiple reports Tony Romo doesn’t need surgery for the broken collarbone, but could miss up to 7 or 8 games, leaving for a possible return towards the end of November against the Miami Dolphins, or a Thanksgiving game against the Carolina Panthers.
“The NFL is really about adversity in general.” the injured Romo stated after the Eagles game. “It’s how you handle it, how you approach it on a day to day basis individually and collectively as a team. I think the job for our football team is just to find ways to win and I think we have guys in there that can do that.”
The number one question that is on Cowboy fans, media experts, and sports enthusiasts minds is can the Dallas Cowboys take advantage of a fortunate 2-0 start and make the playoffs without the likes of a Tony Romo or Dez Bryant in the lineup during the next upcoming weeks. The answer is yes and here’s why. For the sake of argument let’s hypothetically say Dez Bryant and Tony Romo miss the next 7 games and return back healthy and ready to play against the Miami Dolphins on November 22nd. How many games would the Cowboys need to win below to stay in the playoff hunt while playing without Romo and Dez? If you look at the schedule below you will see that the next seven games for the Dallas Cowboys are against four opponents who are currently 0-2 in the Giants, Eagles, Saints, and Seahawks. In order for Dallas to stay in contention they would need to find two wins from either the Eagles, Giants, Saints, or Seahawks, along with two more wins against either the Falcons, Buccaneers or the Patriots. Wherever they find the wins, they need to finish with a record of 4-3 over the stretch of the next seven games to stay in good shape to end with a 6-3 record before the return of their marquee players.
HERE’S FOUR REASONS WHY THE COWBOYS WILL MAKE THE PLAYOFFS:
BEST OFFENSIVE LINE IN THE NFL WILL ALLOW PROTECTION FOR BACKUP QB BRANDON WEEDENTHE DEFENSE IS PLAYING WELL AND WILL ONLY GET BETTER WITH THE RETURN OF GREG HARDY FROM 4 GAME SUSPENSION AND POSSIBLY ROOKIE DE RANDY GREGORY FROM INJURY. THE NFC EAST DOESN’T HAVE A DOMINANT TEAM THAT WILL RUN AWAY WITH THE DIVISION AND DALLAS ALREADY HAS DIVISION WINS OVER THE EAGLES AND GIANTS. THE ROSTER IS STILL TALENTED ON THE OFFENSIVE SIDE OF THE BALL WITH THE LIKES OF T. WILLIAMS, BEASLEY, WITTEN AND THE 3 HEADED RB’S.
I don’t feel a sense of panic within CowboyNation over the unfortunate injuries to their superstars. Here’s why, One, Cowboys faithful know their defense will only get better as the weeks goes by. Secondly, they know the best offensive line in the NFL will continue to open lanes for Randle, McFadden, and Dunbar, which allows them opportunities to create in space. Lastly, with the NFC East not being a super hard division, Cowboys fans feel like a 10-6 record can win the division to the make the playoffs as a four-seed, which will still give them a chance to make a run at Super Bowl 50 with hopefully a healthy Dez Bryant and Tony Romo back in the scheme of things.
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