How many punches to the gut can the Dallas Cowboys withstand? After NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Sunday that top wideout DezBryant would actually miss 10-12 weeks, twice the initial estimate, because of a bone graft needed in his foot surgery, the team suffered another during the division clash with the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday.
In the third quarter, Tony Romo went down hard on his left shoulder and was taken to the locker room. Not long afterward, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reported that Romo was expected to miss eight weeks with a broken clavicle.
Even though the Cowboys won 20-10, the game overall was a great loss.
What does this team look like without all three of them?
The final quarter of Sunday’s matchup against the Eagles provided a peek. Brandon Weeden was surprisingly proficient, going 7-of-7 for 73 yards and a touchdown, but will he be able to carry this team for eight or more weeks? Weeden is 5-16 as a starter.
Philadelphia was perhaps an easy target for the hobbled Cowboys. Quarterback Sam Bradford had more interceptions (two) than touchdowns, and in an unfortunate turn of events he was also the team’s leading rusher, with nine yards. Former Cowboy Murray carried 13 times for just two yards.
Atlanta won’t be quite so easy. The Falcons are off to a hot start this season, 2-0 and tied for the lead in the NFC South. They had 402 yards of total offense and were a perfect 3-for-3 in the red zone. Matt Ryan had 363 passing yards and a touchdown, connecting with star wideout Julio Jones 13 times for 135 yards.
Jones looked virtually unstoppable. But even he had some criticisms of his performance.
“Every opportunity that I get, when a ball is thrown at me, I feel like it’s my job to catch it,” Jones said after the game, per the Associated Press and via ESPN.com. “I had 15 targets and I caught 13. I think I did OK. I wish I could have caught all 15.”
Dallas’ secondary, which allowed Eagles receivers 224 total yards in Week 2, had better make sure Jones doesn’t go 100 percent on all his targets next week. A loss could be the beginning of a slippery slope into a losing record.