We have all witnessed eight weeks of football so far this season, and some surprises have popped up in the league.
For starters, last night’s game against the Washington Redskins was a heartbreaker to all Dallas Cowboys fans. At the sound of the last whistle, the final score was 20 to 17 after overtime in favor of the Redskins. Starting quarterback Tony Romo took some big hits and is set for an MRI on his lower back. This may be cause for worry if you’re a Cowboys fan because this is not the first time that he has injured his back, having had back surgery twice in his career already.
DeMarco Murray had a monster game taking 19 carries for 141 yards rushing, yet the Cowboys still came up short. In my opinion, if he gets four more carries, the Cowboys win this game. It’s weird, but anytime Murray has gotten 23 carries or more the Dallas Cowboys have come out on top this season. In all three losses, they have taken fewer than 23 carries. On the Redskins side, there may be a quarterback battle brewing. Colt McCoy played another solid game last night, and with the injury-prone Robert Griffin III, one has to wonder if McCoy can take the starters position pending good, productive play.
The team that benefits the most from Romo’s injury is the division rival Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles lost to a high-powered Arizona Cardinals team 24 to 20. Nick Foles threw for 411 yards passing on two touchdowns and two interceptions. Even though the Eagles came up short, they still find themselves with one of the best records in the NFL at five and two. Their next game will be up against the Houston Texans, who are currently at .500 in their win/loss column. The Arizona Cardinals’ next opponent are the Dallas Cowboys. I like Arizona’s chances over the Cowboys, and Philadelphia will have the chance to take first place in the NFC East.
Bears fans must be wondering why Chicago can’t win football games. Well, it’s hard to win when you’re giving up an average of just under 28 points per game. In the Bears’ most recent loss, they managed to give up 51 points to the New England Patriots. The Chicago defense gave up 354 yards passing and five touchdown receptions. Needless to say, Tom Brady had a great game. Chicago is in real trouble with a three and five record and their next game on the road being against their longtime rival Green Bay Packers. The Bears are currently tied for last place in the NFC North with the Minnesota Vikings!
Yet another NFL record was nearly broken this past week. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw for 522 yards and six touchdowns against the Indianapolis Colts. He was 33 yards away from breaking the single game pass yards record. The Steelers destroyed the Colts and seem to be turning their season around. They are now five and three and they are on a two game win streak with their next game against the Baltimore Ravens.
We are only halfway through the season, but here’s what the playoff picture is looking like: The Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots will battle it out for the number one seed, but both teams will make the playoffs. The Colts are playoff frontrunners in the AFC South and the AFC North is still a tossup. Any team in that conference has the potential to make the playoffs, but the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Baltimore Ravens are my picks. On the NFC side, the Arizona Cardinals and the Detroit Lions will more than likely battle for the number one seed in the playoffs. Sorry Chicago fans, but the Green Bay Packers will not only win next week’s game, but you will see them in the postseason as well. Dallas and Philadelphia could end up being a tight divisional race. If Romo has to miss an extended period of time, I give the edge to Philly. In the NFC South every team is essentially struggling, but I give the upper hand to the New Orleans Saints. That’s all for this edition. Look for the next issue of NFL Sunday Blitz after week 12 of the NFL season.