With Tony Romo out against the Cardinals, the job falls on RB DeMarco Murray to keep playing great and prevent backup Brandon Weeden from messing up.
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With the news breaking earlier that the Dallas Cowboys will miss QB Tony Romo for Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals, the Cowboys must be nervous, especially with the Philadelphia Eagles breathing down their necks for the division lead. QB Tony Romo may not be playing his best football – in large part because of the incredible number of carries being given to NFL rushing leader DeMarco Murray – but he is still a critical part of the Cowboys offense and the one man that can make WRs Dez Bryant and Terrance Williams look like the stars their highlights reels indicate them to be.
The Cowboys are in dangerous waters without Tony Romo, as the team has one precious few games when he has been injured. Nonetheless, the defense is still playing great and Murray is still the league’s best RB for the time being so the Cowboys should be capable of weathering the storm without Tony Romo – for just a few games hopefully.
Here are the NFL picks for Week 9:
Minnesota Vikings over Washington – Minnesota won’t be caught off guard the way the Cowboys were. There are no more high-emotions for Washington QB Colt McCoy and he should be expected to regress to the Colt McCoy we saw back in Cleveland back in 2011.
Kansas City Chiefs over New York Jets – If the New England Patriots couldn’t get a win over the Chiefs in that noise-asylum of a stadium, how can the Jets – a team that has only two road wins since 2013 – going to do it?
Arizona Cardinals over Dallas Cowboys – Without Tony Romo leading the charge, WR Dez Bryant is like a fish out of water. And the Cardinals defense feeds on vulnerable offenses.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers over Cleveland Browns – Considering that a win today would guarantee the Browns moving out of 4th place in the AFC North, a gambling man would bet against the Browns doing anything of the sort.
Philadelphia Eagles over Houston Texans – If the Texans had Clowney and Cushing it’d be a harder choice, but missing two vital elements of the front-seven will give the Eagles plenty of room to get their high-octane offense running as long as they keep away from J.J. Watt.
Miami Dolphins over San Diego Chargers – Hearts go out to Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin who lost his father – but he won’t let the Dolphins lose this game. There’s an unwritten rule that when a relative of a coach or star player passes away, that person has the game of their lives the following week.
Cincinnati Bengals over Jacksonville Jaguars – A home field against the Jaguars may be just what the doctor ordered – literally. With WR A.J. Green still hurting, the team needs all the advantages it can muster to reclaim the AFC North division.
San Francisco 49ers over St. Louis Rams – The 49ers are well-rested, at home, coming off a blowout loss in primetime. If the 49ers don’t cover the spread in the first quarter there is probably cause for concern.
Seattle Seahawks over Oakland Raiders – That Raiders first win won’t be coming this week.
New England Patriots over Denver Broncos – It doesn’t matter how good Denver is against the rest of the league, Tom Brady is Peyton Manning’s Achilles heel.
Baltimore Ravens over Pittsburgh Steelers – Gone are the days when this rivalry decided who would get a higher playoff berth or a first-round bye, now it’s just a pair of average offenses trying to fight old age with inexperience.
Indianapolis Colts over New York Giants – Looks like it’s the Giants turn to be the New York team hosting the barely-more competent non-conference opponent on Monday Night and getting embarrassed in their own stadium.