DeMarco Murray might not quite be the same again this season. The Dallas Cowboys were dealt that horrifying news following last week’s heartbreaking 31-29 loss on the road to the Baltimore Ravens. Murray has a sprained foot that probably needs quite a bit of rest before he can get back to full strength. He won’t play this week, and the team has already had its bye, so it could be some time before we see the Oklahoma Sooner back in action.
This week, the Cowboys are going to meet up with the Carolina Panthers in a game where the loser is going to likely find itself giving up on the rest of the season.
Without Murray in the backfield, the ball gets turned over to RB Felix Jones, who has already proven time and time again in his career that he is not a man that is going to be able to carry the ball 25 times per game. Head Coach Jason Garrett has had so many problems with Jones over the course of the first few games of the year that he wanted to cut Jones and probably would have if not for the fact that owner/GM Jerry Jones silenced that plan.
That means it’s QB Tony Romo time. Romo has already averaged putting the ball in the air 37.4 times per game this year, and he is almost certain to throw it at least 40 in this one against Carolina. Against the Panthers in his career, Romo hasn’t exactly been the greatest in the world though, as he has just an 85.5 quarterback rating in three starts, accounting for two touchdowns and two picks in those three games.
Dallas is the slender one-point favorite on the NFL odds in Week 7, and it knows that its path back to .500 might be impossible if this one is lost. On deck after this are games against the New York Giants, Atlanta Falcons, and Philadelphia Eagles, the last two of which are on the road.