10. I fully realize that Tony Romo suffered a broken left clavicle Sunday afternoon in Philly and I’m aware that – despite his 7-of-7 performance – Brandon Weeden isn’t the long-term answer at quarterback. Nonetheless, don’t even breathe of Johnny Football. Or for that matter, Tim Tebow. Or Robert Griffin III. The Cowboys could place Romo on IR/designated return, in which he would miss eight weeks. The Cowboys do have Kellen Moore on the practice squad. And, for now, it’s Weeden. In the short-term. But the best guess for how long the Cowboys won’t be without Romo? Let’s go with eight weeks. Ouch.
9. No Dez Bryant. No Romo. No problem. Thanks to Chip Kelly’s hideously inept Eagles’ offense, the Cowboys are 2-0 for the first time since 2008 and have won a franchise-record 10 consecutive regular-season road games.
8. Philly’s supposedly a rough place and all, but the Cowboys have won four in a row and six of seven at Lincoln Financial Field. Suck it, cheesesteaks. Oh, and this time they beat the Eagles despite no Romo and with a franchise-record 18 penalties.
7. Sean Lee, now you’re back. Back and everywhere. He was helped by Sam Bradford’s inexplicable decision to throw toward a covered receiver in the end zone. But, still, his interception reminded us how Lee’s ball skills are among the best in the NFL.
6. I’m giving rookie La’el Collins credit for his hustle after Gavin Escobar’s fourth-quarter fumble. With Dallas leading only 13-3, the tight end fumbled and had it scooped up by Malcolm Jenkins. But after 34 yards Collins managed to shove him out of bounds before he could score and totally turn the game’s momentum. On Philly’s first play from the Cowboys’ 30, Sam Bradford fumbled an early snap recovered by Dallas.
5. The Cowboys have their own issues without Romo and Dez and Randy Gregory and Greg Hardy and Orlando Scandrick, but wow are Kelly’s Eagles a mess. Gone are the speed-kills playmakers DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin and LeSean McCoy and left are … what? Philly just looked, well, harmless.
4. I’m in Las Vegas as you could sense the gasp when Romo went down. True story: As Romo lay on the turf in pain, the fire alarm in the casino sportsbook went off. It was ultimately a false alarm, but the Cowboys’ dilemma at quarterback isn’t. And Vegas was quick to respond to Romo’s injury, lowering next week’s line against the Falcons from Dallas as a 4.5-point favorite to a Pick ‘Em and decreasing their odds to win the Super Bowl from 8/1 to 10/1.
3. Seriously DeMarco Murray? You’re gonna talk trash and toss the football at Dan Bailey? A kicker?! You should be embarrassed. But I’m sure you already are. I mean, the leap over Brandon Carr was pretty sweet. But you and your 2 yards on 13 carries should just keep quiet.
2. In 2010 Romo missed 10 games with a similar injury. At that point, however, they were already 1-5 and there was no need to have him rush back. At 2-0, the timetable will be ramped up. And, maybe it was just me – or the drugs – but even with his arm in a sling Romo’s demeanor didn’t depict that of a man whose season was over.
1. 2-0, but also 2 and Oh!
A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.