On Sunday night when the Dallas Cowboys take on the Philadelphia Eagles for the NFC East division title they will have to take the field without their beloved quarterback Tony Romo. It was reported earlier on Friday that the Cowboys $100 million dollar man would miss the remainder of the season with a herniated disc that required surgery.
It was originally reported earlier on Monday that Romo would be evaluated throughout the week, but obviously that was just another hoax by Jerry Jones and his coaching staff. It became clear when general manager Jones reached out to Jon Kitna that the team was preparing for life without Romo.
Instead of having Romo leading the offensive charge against a questionable Eagles defense, head coach Jason Garrett will have to rely on veteran back up Kyle Orton and Kitna the high school coach managing his offense. Is that really a bad thing for the Cowboys on the field using a backup quarterback though, or just bad that the head star of “The Jerry Show” missing?
Ever since 2006, Romo has not had a very good week seventeen posting a 1-5 record. In those games he has completed 124 of 195 passes for 1,408 yards, 8 touchdowns, and 8 interceptions.
Over the same amount of season ending games dating back to 2005, Orton has posted a 2-4 record. In his games he has completed 106 of 204 passes for 1,211 yards, 5 touchdowns, and 7 interceptions.
The only issue that Orton could have this week is a little rust after spending so much time on the bench. Over the past two seasons he has only completed 12 of 15 passes for 129 yards.
Leading the Cowboys to a win over the Eagles could be all it takes for a team to offer Orton a starting job next season. A run through the playoffs with this team would guarantee him a job somewhere next season.
A run to the Super Bowl by Orton would even sweeter for some since it would finally prove that the Cowboys are team that is bigger than one player.