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Aug 24, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Kyle Orton (18) throws in the pocket in the third quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at AT

Tony Romo Lost For Season: All Hopes Ride on Orton

Dec 15, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) reacts after getting sacked in the fourth quarter against the Green Bay Packers at AT

This afternoon Adam Schefter reported the kind of news no Cowboy fan wanted to hear: “Cowboys QB Tony Romo has been ruled out the rest of the season due to his back injury, per league source.”

Ouch. On a Monday where Cowboys fans were riding high off the recent comeback win in Washington, all hopes quickly fell back to earth in a heartbeat. Now it all falls on Kyle Orton to get the job done. For the past two seasons the Cowboys boasted they had one of the very best backups in the league in Kyle Orton. We get to see if that’s true.

The Cowboys are obviously changing the game-plan in light of recent news. DeMarco Murray now becomes the most important element of the offense. He will be expected to carry the load like never before.

Kyle Orton and his career 79.7 QBR will have his work cut out for him. The Cowboys O-line has improved greatly in the run game but still struggle to pass protect. Orton doesn’t even have a fraction of Romo’s elusiveness at his disposal, and will need max protect to stay alive on 3rd downs. Max protect means TEs stay in to block and WRs are usually double-teamed.

Jason Garrett has time to adjust but HE MUST ADJUST. This team cannot simply plug Orton in and expect to win. The Eagles are red-hot and looking for redemption.

When Dallas beat Philly earlier in the year, QB Nick Foles played one of his worst games as a pro. The Cowboys claimed good defense but the reality was – Foles just played poorly. The Cowboys should not expect that to happen again.

The Eagles were better in almost every way already. Now we can add QB to the list. The Cowboys have a very difficult task at hand…

Tags: Dallas Cowboys Kyle Orton Nick Foles Tony Romo

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