You know a big weekend is ahead when the Minnesota Vikings and Dallas Cowboys are 0-2 two weeks into the season. Okay, so this scenario rarely happens in the NFL, but it's only natural for everybody to take full advantage of it while they can, right?
If you thought the Green Bay Packers had huge expectations heading into the 2010 NFL season, I suggest you take a look at the Minnesota Vikings and Dallas Cowboys fan base right now, considering that just about everybody has been rattled by their recent poor performances.
If it isn't the entire state of Texas buzzing ahead of tomorrow's fixture between the Dallas Cowboys and Houston Texans, it's Mall of America Field drooling at the anticipation of a possible win over the NFL's recent "close but no cigar" team, the Detroit Lions.
But as exciting and explosive as these two games are set to be, perhaps one storyline has been overshadowed a little amongst the water cooler talk.
No, I'm not talking about the "whose balder?" competition between Brad Childress and Jerry Jones, I'm talking about Tony Romo vs. Brett Favre, who have arguably been two of the league's most disappointing players early on this year.
So who is set to explode out of the gates like a race horse this weekend against their opponents?
Well, if the past two weeks have been any indication, a fair bet could be made that neither of them will. But to keep things interesting, here's a look at how the two compare right now, heading into their big time games.
If a player has ever taking a beating off the field, Tony Romo is definitely high on the list, considering he has only passed for 656 yards, 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions this season.
To be perfectly fair, much of this could be blamed on the Cowboys offensive line, that has looked a little wobbly the past two weeks.
While at the same time, it could also be said that the Cowboys have had to face some surprisingly good-looking defenses recently, in the Chicago Bears and Washington Redskins.
But aside from blaming other factors, the biggest issue comes from the problem itself, Tony Romo. As we all know, 656 yards for a quarterback of the Cowboys' caliber at this point in the season is far from good enough.
Sure, Tony Romo isn't the worst looking passer in the league right now, but when we all marked Dallas down as certain postseason contenders this offseason, we certainly weren't expecting an absolute no-show from number 9.
Yet as disappointing as this has all seemed, the bad news may not stop just yet for the Cowboys.
For you see, Dallas take on the red-hot Houston Texans this weekend, and right now there is no worse team Jerry Jones wanted to see pop up on the 16-game schedule when facing an 0-2 hole.
And why is that? Just take a look at the names Matt Schaub, Arian Foster, and Andre Johnson, and I doubt you'll have to think twice about the situation.
When it's all said and done, Tony Romo should come good again sooner or later. Still, the more losses the Cowboys accumulate, the tougher it will get, and of course the pressure will be laid on like gravy on potato considering the big-time expectations in Dallas this year.
It's arguable that Tony Romo has one of the toughest quarterback tasks this week in the NFL, yet it is something he can overcome. The Houston Texans defense has looked good recently, but keep in mind this was the team that allowed overtime against the Washington Redskins.
Big-time stakes face the Cowboys this week, and Tony Romo is on the firing line. For his sake, let's hope he at least gets the win; otherwise, the hotseat is lurking for the controversial quarterback.
Nobody really expected to be talking about Brett Favre in this frame of mind this early on in the season. But here we are two weeks in, and Favre has thrown a bag full of picks and a small pinch of yards as the Vikings starting quarterback.
To talk about a kick in the backside, the Minnesota Vikings must be beginning to regret their begging decision some four weeks ago.
Of course, Favre is more than likely to come good again very soon, but surely the Vikings could have done without this extra attention, especially since Sidney Rice is injured and Percy Harvin is once again exercising the aspirin aisle at his local Wal-Mart.
When it comes to what Brett Favre has done recently, it has been far from just a statistical problem. He's notably looked sluggish on the field, out of gas, and surprisingly enough, out of confidence.
Maybe he's outgrown his love for the game a little, or maybe he's just taking a while to get back into the kick of things, but whatever it is, something isn't right with number 4.
So what should we expect from the old timer this week?
Nothing short of greatness. Some fans may be sitting at home thinking I am showing favoritism toward Favre, but I assure you I am not. The simple factor remains that the Vikings are at home, and they face another 0-2 team, which should equal a recipe for success.
Unlike Tony Romo, if Favre fails again this week he won't be totally crucified. Talked about, yes, but he's done too much in his near 20-year career to be hung out to try by some jealous and no-brain group of people.
We all know that Favre is accustomed to interceptions, so it may be wise to just ignore his four picks already this season. As for the yards column, expect that to rise this weekend, especially if the Lions play in zone coverage.
Who Should You Mark Down For a Big Time Weekend?
Easy, Brett Favre.
The Lions are a far easier opponent than the Houston Texans, and as I've stated before, Brett Favre is notorious for coming back against the odds.
If his father's death didn't deter his mind from the game, a couple of poor performances certainly won't affect him.
Whether he has a massive day is best left to a fortune teller; however, just expect to see Favre at least look steady under center, even though he is now missing a few receiving targets.
As for Tony Romo, he may too have a decent game, yet it will take nothing more than a 100 percent work ethic to push the Cowboys over the line against what is sure to be a hostile Houston Texans crown at Reliant Stadium.
Is Brett back?
He should be; it wouldn't be the NFL without some fantastic Favre moments.
Ryan Cook is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. He is also an NFL columnist for Real Sports Net and a Green Bay Packers writer for Fan Huddle and PackerChatters. Ryan is also a contributing writer for Detroit Lions Talk, Gack Sports and Generation Y Sports. Don't forget to follow him on Twitter.
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