Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys
Time to rewind to last week, when Tony Romo was billed as a top performer heading into a tasty matchup against the Washington defense. That didn’t happen.
Granted, Dallas had an easy go of it, scoring two touchdowns on the ground and one via punt return. That left statistical scraps for Romo in the easy win.
This week, Romo gets an even tastier matchup. The Eagles aren’t coming off a bye, and they have one of the worst defenses in the league. With DeMarco Murray out, look for Romo to pace the offense.
Prediction: 350 passing yards, 4 touchdowns, 1 interception
Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos
Peyton Manning was paired with Romo last week, predicted to have a big week against the Jaguars. That did happen, though the game was far closer than anyone expected.
Unless you have been living under a rock on the planet Mars—with your eyes closed and your fingers stopping your ears—you know Manning is headed to his old stomping grounds, where he grew up as a young Colt.
All the rhetoric surrounding this brief reunion might have him fired up. Even if it doesn’t, it’s difficult to pick against Manning this season.
Prediction: 325 passing yards, 3 touchdowns, 1 interception
Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins
The Dolphins are no offensive powerhouse. But neither are the Bills on defense.
Miami is coming off a bye week, presumably utilized to fix some of the issues plaguing the offense thus far this season. If the offensive line improves its blocking and the receivers spent extra time with the Juggs machine to address those drops, Ryan Tannehill could see a spike in production.
Of course, it helps that Buffalo has been a sieve to opposing quarterbacks this season. Andy Dalton was the latest to cut through that secondary like a turkey carver through mashed potatoes. (Why you would slice through mashed potatoes with a turkey carver is a good question, but the metaphor stays.)
Prediction: 275 passing yards, 2 touchdowns, 1 interception—4 carries, 35 rushing yards, 1 touchdown