It was a case of the Good, Bad and the Ugly for the Cowboys offense on Sunday or perhaps I should say Ugly, Good then Bad. Through the first quarter and a half of the game, Dallas looked dysfunctional on offense as Dez Bryant and Kevin Ogletree had route running issues, Romo threw three interceptions, one going for a thank you very much touchdown by Jason Pierre-Paul, as Romo threw it right in his hands.
Down 23 to nothing, Dallas finally got things together and marched down the field for a Felix Jones touchdown and another big play by Bryant set up a field goal.
Dallas would go on to dominate the third quarter as Jason Witten went on to pile up 18 receptions on the day, Romo threw for over 400 yards and Dallas finally took the lead 24 to 23.
That was the good, and then another Romo interception and another drop by Bryant in the end zone (he also dropped a two-point conversion against the Ravens that would’ve tied the game) left Dallas on the losing end as the Giants put up two field goals in the fourth quarter to win.
It’s a big “if” but this team has the talent to allow Romo to be a weekly QB1 option. Problem is there is just too much time spent where this group goes into funk and too much on-the-job training while poor decisions are translating to turnovers, costing the team wins and fantasy owners points.
Still, we should see another 350 yards effort from Romo as the Cowboys head out to Atlanta, but who knows if he will find the end zone more than once or how many turnovers he will have in the game.
What Did We Learn From Week 8?
- Well, well, it looks like Matthew Stafford finally learned how to play without trying to force feed the football to Calvin Johnson. Perhaps it was because Stafford knew coming into the game that Johnson was nursing a knee injury, so he would have to go elsewhere.
Whatever the reason, Stafford finally started a game the way we would expect, throwing for almost 200 yards in the first half and a couple of scores. Good to see this offense get back on track, against a good defense, but I need to see more before I’m convinced Stafford can produce the way we expected coming into the season.
- Coming off a bye week the Chargers were horrible for the standards we would expect from a Norv Turner offense. Perhaps we are seeing the Browns defense rounding into shape as Joe Haden played in his third game back since his suspension.
It was clear that Turner has put the handcuffs on the passing game to a certain extent, but to only get the football to Antonio Gates two times should never happen. We need to see more from Rivers before considering him an option in leagues that only start one quarterback.
Sean’s Week 9 Watch List
- Michael Vick should keep his job this week, but rookie Nick Foles is likely to come in if Vick should struggle early on. If Vick can’t make plays against the Saints struggling defense he doesn’t deserve to keep his job. Don’t look to him as an option in fantasy leagues this week.
- Josh Freeman took his success with him on the road against a good defense last week, but perhaps the short week was a benefit for Freeman as the Vikings had little time to prepare for him. This week Freeman heads out to Oakland and he should have another QB1 performance against the Raiders' shaky secondary.
|2||Peyton Manning||@ Bengals|
|5||Robert Griffin III||Panthers|
|6||Matthew Stafford||@ Jaguars|
|8||Josh Freeman||@ Raiders|
|9||Ben Roethlisberger||@ Giants|
|10||Cam Newton||@ Redskins|
|12||Tony Romo||@ Falcons|
|14||Joe Flacco||@ Browns|
|17||Ryan Tannehill (I)||@ Colts|
|18||Jay Cutler||@ Titans|