Dallas Cowboys vs. Arizona Cardinals: Tony Romo’s Revenge

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo watches as his team is defeated by the Arizona Cardinals November 2, 2014 - Mandatory Photo Credit Matt Thornton

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo watches as his team is defeated by the Arizona Cardinals November 2, 2014 – Mandatory Photo Credit Matt Thornton

After Dallas Cowboys QB Brandon Weeden entered last Monday night’s game against the Washington Redskins and went 4/6 with 69 yards passing and a touchdown, fans were impressed. In that same game, Cowboys QB Tony Romo returned from a back injury and proceeded to not win the game, and some might have said, “Weeden should have stayed in.” In fact, many Cowboys fans went so far this week voicing their opinions through social media and otherwise that they thought Weeden might be a better quarterback than Romo.

We may agree now that Brandon Weeden’s 18 completions on 33 attempts for 183 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions in a 28-17 loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday was a sort of revenge for Tony Romo against those who were calling for him to lose his job. Understand that Romo is in no way happy about his team’s loss in his absence, so I freely admit revenge probably isn’t the best description of his feelings. I stood directly behind Tony the duration of Sunday’s Arizona game, and much of the time he was cringing outside of the 10 to 0 lead his Cowboys took in the first quarter.

To be honest, there wasn’t a whole lot for Cowboys fans to be happy about either. Weeden’s poor statistical performance gives him more credit than he is due in my opinion, because until his late fourth quarter garbage time drive in which he threw 7 of 10 for 80 yards and a TD, Weeden only had eleven completions and 103 yards without a score. At one point I believe the Cowboys should have considered putting former West Texas A&M quarterback Dustin Vaughn in to see if he could do any better.

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant looks on during the Arizona Cardinals game November 2, 2014 - Mandatory Photo Credit Matt Thornton

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant looks on during the Arizona Cardinals game November 2, 2014 – Mandatory Photo Credit Matt Thornton

Brandon’s throws were so far off their mark that it was almost comical. Whereas he looked poised and confident entering the game against Washington, Weeden never looked comfortable against Arizona. One example was the first play of the second half when Brandon threw a slant pass far behind wide receiver Dez Bryant who had no chance to catch the ball. Later in the third quarter, the Cowboys down 14-10 took over at their own 46-yard line.

During that drive, with 10:52 in the third, Weeden threw his first pass completion to a wide receiver, Cole Beasley. Later in the same series, the struggling Cowboys QB led Dez Bryant out too far on a slant pass which allowed safety Deone Bucannon a hard blind-sided pop to the outstretched Bryant. On the very next play Weeden threw an interception to Arizona’s safety Tyrann Mathieu. Weeden also struggled to get the ball to wide receiver Terrance Williams who some consider the most precise route runner on the team. Brandon’s passes were overthrown, behind, and underneath his receivers all day, and the frustration on their faces was evident.

Dallas is saying that Tony Romo could conceivably return next week when the Cowboys travel to London England to face the Jacksonville Jaguars. The 1-8 Jaguars, on paper, should be an easy victory for the Cowboys, but some wonder now if Weeden can deliver the win at Wembley Stadium. Brandon’s poor performance may press Tony Romo into service next Sunday, but the risk of course is that Romo could further injure himself requiring him to be out for a longer period of time. Whether its Weeden or Romo who starts in London, Cowboys fans are hoping the quarterbacks can prevent a third straight loss.

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