After seeing his struggles in Cleveland, Cowboys fans must be very nervous about having Brandon Weeden take over for star QB Tony Romo.
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There is nothing scarier than a team with a successful QB that loses that QB and is forced to go to the backup. But if 2013 taught people anything it’s that not all backups are a detriment to the team. With long-time clipboard holders Matt Flynn in Green Bay and Josh McCown in Chicago, the two QBs were able to keep the ship upright until the starting QBs returned in time for a division title match at the end of the season.
Whether or not Cowboys QB Brandon Weeden can do the same for the Dallas Cowboys is a question that will be answered sooner rather than later. With QB Tony Romo hurting, the Cowboys got only a small taste of Weeden’s aptitude with the playbook this past week in a loss to Washington. Weeden was impressive, but the sample size was too small to say with certainty if he can recover from his two terrible seasons in Cleveland to stay the course in Dallas until Romo recovers from his injuries.
Here are the 5 teams with the most to prove heading into Week 9:
Dallas Cowboys – It all rests on Brandon Weeden’s shoulders – literally – until Tony Romo comes back. That and DeMarco Murray’s legs. But with Weeden throwing the ball, Murray’s 100+-yard rushing streak could be coming to an end soon.
Cleveland Browns – With a guaranteed move up in the AFC North standings on the line with a win, the Browns need to prove that they can build off a good win and get another one over a bad team if they are serious about making a playoff run.
San Francisco 49ers – The Niners are at home, coming off a bye, following a humiliating loss to the Broncos. If they can’t beatdown or just plain beat the Rams, the 49ers may be as bad as people are rumoring them to be.
Philadelphia Eagles – That loss to the Arizona Cardinals caught them off guard. Can the Eagles rebound against a playmaking defense with many similarities to the Cardinals?
Miami Dolphins – The Dolphins face a hot-and-cold Chargers team at home after head coach Joe Philbin lost his father a few days before. Nothing would say this team is a legitimate playoff contender quite like a win over a high-powered offense like San Diego.