The Dallas Cowboys, pre-season favorites to finish in first place in the East Division of the National Football Conference (NFC), find themselves in last place with a Won-Loss record of 2-7 with just seven games remaining to be played. This club, which lost franchise quarterback Tony Romo to a shoulder injury in September, is clearly a long-shot to play in January.
The home team this Sunday, the Miami Dolphins, invested heavily in free agents prior to the start of the current 2015-2016 Season and expected to compete for first place in the East Division of the American Football Conference (AFC) but, after nine games, first place belongs to the undefeated New England Patriots and the Dolphins are in last place with a Won-Loss record of 4-5.
The Cowboys and the Dolphins have disappointed themselves and their fans so far this season. And first place in their respective divisions seems to be little more than a “pipe dream” at this point. Miami and Dallas, as well, can still win enough games to earn one of the two Wild Cards available to teams in the league’s two conferences. It will take consistent and winning performances on the gridiron beginning this weekend and continuing until the end of the regular season.
The Dolphins will continue to rely on their young signal caller, Ryan Tannehill, a player who has been good in some games, pedestrian in others. The Dallas Cowboys, also known as “America’s team,” will get its star quarterback, Tony Romo, back for the game in South Beach.
Romo is a signal caller who has been to the Pro Bowl more than once and he can make a difference when he lines up behind center this Sunday. The Cowboys have one of the best offensive lines in all of the National Football League (NFL) and it is a safe bet to believe that they will be working extra hard to protect Romo from opposing linebackers and defensive linemen.
If Romo is not rushed, he has the ability to “torch” an opposing defense by throwing to quality receivers like Dez Bryant and put points on the board for his team. If, however, Miami mounts an effective pass rush Romo, like all other professional quarterbacks, is likely to be less accurate when he passes the ball.
As always, it will be defense that decides this “must-win” contest. The Dolphins scored a “big win” last Sunday when they overcame an early deficit to upend the home team Eagles in Philadelphia. That victory kept their postseason hopes alive and probably energized them, as well.
The boys from South Beach can be expected to play “with fire in their eyes” when the game gets underway this weekend. The Cowboys will have to withstand the expected “early barrage” from the home team and if they are able to do it, Dallas has a good chance to emerge victorious in this competitive contest.
Both teams need a win. It seems reasonable to believe that performances on the field will reflect the desperation that will probably drive most players when the teams “take to the gridiron” a few days from now.
Courtesy of Rant Sports