The vocal, aggregate angst from Cowboys fans is quite understandable. While you would be right to direct your anger at some well-heeled Cowboys, Tony Romo isn’t one of them. In fact, he is the reason you really matter.
You have to admire the chutzpah of officials from the city that lost the NFL Rams in 1994. That franchise moved because they could not secure a new stadium and now, with no plans to build a one, Los Angeles has targeted the Panthers as their team of the future. Is owner Jerry Richardson listening? That is the $80 million question.
The Cowboys seemed to have found their running game against the defensive minded Ravens and against the Panthers this Sunday it could open new vistas in the passing game now that Tony Romo has found his favorite target. Dallas also has a solid defense and that could create problems for a Carolina team in desperate need of a victory.
The Panthers season comes down to this: They have one foot in the grave and the other on a banana peel and the only way to get back on solid footing is to beat the Cowboys on Sunday. But Dallas is on notice from their owner to shape up or ship out and they need a win just to get back to the .500 mark.
Even the most optimistic Panthers’ fan will look at the upcoming schedule and probably think, “No way they can win the next four.” Those games are outside the NFC South and each team has their own agendas when it comes to making the playoffs. It could prove difficult for Carolina to begin turning 2012 around.
The Drive Tuesday 10-2-12-From ESPN Ed Werder talks with The Drive about Tony Romo’s performance on Monday Night Football, if Jerry Jones is doing the right thing with the Cowboys, and they get into the Panthers/Falcons game.