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From Darkening to Destitute – How the Injury of Tony Romo affects the Cowboys

By the time next year’s NFL season rolls around, the trifecta of jumbled femininity that is Wilson Phillips will have a better chance of coaching the Dallas Cowboys than Wade Phillips. And while it can be blamed on any one of a thousand and one instances of underperformance, the lack of Ws when it’s said and done will likely seal the fate.

For the past four weeks, Cowboys fans and others recognizing that Dallas has a boatload of great talent on their team have been giving possible scenarios for a ‘Boys’ comeback – insisting that, with hind parts in gear, this team is still tops in the NFC East and perhaps the entire NFC.

This is before Romo was sent to the sidelines for a minimum of 6 weeks (10 on the possible high end) after suffering a broken left clavicle in Dallas’ last game against the New York Giants. At 1-5 now, their hopes of making the playoffs are completely shot – we’re talking about 500:1 on the favorable—not necessarily realistic—end.

If you were a gambler, would you like the Cowboys’ odds of making the playoffs at this juncture, or would you have better luck playing online craps?

It’s not entirely about Dallas winning football games, either. Okay. So it would mostly be about Dallas actually snapping out of their weird and somewhat ridiculous slump and actually winning ball games. But a playoff push would also require other decent teams to become donkeys to make room for Dallas.

What are the odds that the stars align for a dysfunctional team? The Cowboys will undoubtedly have any of that New England Patriot universal luck—like the mysterious “tuck rule” and strange-bouncing fumbles—at their disposal. Not to mention that, at some point, you craft your own luck by being levelheaded, assertive and showing a passion for the game.

With the 5-2 Giants and both the ‘Skins and Eagles at 4-3, not to mention six other NFC teams with winning records, Dallas could conceivably win out and still miss the playoffs.

Then there’s the undeniable truth about the Cowboys: even though Kitna had to come in and operate a contrasting but still relatively potent offense, it was Dallas’ defense that completely broke down and allowed an impressive lead to turn into a 41-35 loss.

Checking out your approved USA online casinos and sports books, the Cowboys are big dogs coming out of the bye week and heading to New York for a Romoless rematch.

If there are any bright spots at all, it’s that the Cowboys can bring a nothing-to-lose mentality that should perfectly match with Kitna’s journeyman’s-last-leg demeanor. He’s not a bad quarterback, especially with big-time weapons, as we saw with a seriously-lacking-in-the-defensive-department Detroit Lions team. So to think the Cowboys are a 2-14, 3-13, 4-12 team is a bit of a stretch, all things considered.

They are, however, bottom rung in the NFC to date and about as likely to hit the progressive jackpot playing slot machines online as they are to actually make the playoffs.

7-9 seems reasonable for Dallas at this juncture, with 6-10 being far more likely.

Dallas’ problems extend far past Tony Romo, and thus will not hang on Jon Kitna. They’re far from interchangeable players, but the odds don’t favor Dallas any better at all with Romo under center.


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