It is unclear if Tony Romo will be able to play in this week’s contest with the Philadelphia Eagles. This game will be at AT&T stadium and it will have a playoff atmosphere. If there is any way possible, if cleared by team doctors, Tony suits up for this one, he will be playing on heart and guts alone. This is another credit to Romo’s character. If Tony is able to play, the team will rally behind him and play with an inspired amount of intestinal fortitude.
Now, assuming that Kyle Orton makes his first start in a long time, expect some rust. Expect Dallas to try to wear down the Philadelphia defense the same way Minnesota was able to do just two weeks ago, jumbo packages and DeMarco Murray. If Dallas is effective running the ball, it will open up the intermediate passing game.
On the other side of the ball, Dallas expects to be missing Sean Lee, once again. DeVonte Holloman, Sean Lee’s replacement, will need to step up his game in order for the defense to slow down LeSean McCoy. The defense will also need DeMarcus Ware, Jason Hatcher and George Selvie to play their best game of the season. They will have to put pressure on Nick Foles. Maybe, the secondary gets a much-needed boost with the return of Mo Claiborne. Barry Church will need to have his presence felt while he is playing in the box.
Special teams will get Dwayne Harris back, but it may have been a mistake to release Michael Spurlock.
If the Cowboys can limit their turnovers and maximize their takeaways, Dallas could enter the post season on an Eagle wing and a prayer.