The Dallas Cowboys’ 2015 season could be in jeopardy after losing star quarterback Tony Romo to a collarbone injury until at least week 11.
The Cowboys have placed Romo on the Injury Reserve/designated to return list, which means he will have to miss at least the next eight weeks.
This injury doesn’t bode well for last year’s NFC East playoff representatives who lost Dez Bryant in week one to a foot fracture that will require surgery and DeMarco Murray in the offseason when he signed for division rivals the Philadelphia Eagles.
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Can the Cowboys cope?
After losing the 2014 rushing leader in the offseason and star receiver Bryant in week one, even with an active Tony Romo, the 2-0 Cowboys would be struggling this season. Now with backup Brandon Weeden called upon winning, the NFC East title and making the playoffs looks very improbable.
Weeden will at least get protection from a great Cowboys offensive line, but his career doesn’t set him up for a winning season, dumped by the Cleveland Browns in 2014 and having a passer rating of 73.5.
Who can take the NFC East?
Perhaps the only comfort is that everyone else in the NFC East looks terrible and despite injuries, the Cowboys still lead that division with a 2-0 record.
The Washington Redskins are the only other team with a win (1-1) whereas New York Giants (0-2) have conceded two straight games late and Chip Kelly’s Eagles (0-2) haven’t been able to get anything going with offseason acquisitions Sam Bradford and DeMarco Murray.
If Giants’ quarterback Eli Manning can start to manage the clock better, this really could be the their division, Odell Beckham showed against the Atlanta Falcons that he’s still the elite wide receiver he was at the back end of his rookie 2014 season.
When Victor Cruz returns the Giants have another receiver Eli can target, so as along as the Giants defence can hold up the Giants could be in line for a division win.
That’s as long as the Philadelphia Eagles don’t get their act together.
Philly probably has the strongest defence and you have to expect eventually Murray will be able to find some rushing yards and whatever Kelly saw in Bradford, which made him trade Nick Foles for him, will eventually shine through.
As for the Redskins, their run game is certainly very strong at the moment, rookie Matt Jones rushed for over 100 yards and scored two touchdowns against the Rams on Sunday but the Redskins are far from a playoff team, even with the rest of the NFC East’s issues.