Tony Romo looked less than impressive in Week 1’s 28-17 defeat to the San Francisco 49ers. Although coming off an off-season back surgery, expectation was still high for Romo to guide the Cowboys to a competitive game, but his three interceptions quite frankly did the opposite. San Francisco scored early and often to blow the game wide open in the first half and cruise to the easy win.
The good news is Week 2 the Cowboys get to play against a far less formidable opponent in the Tennessee Titans. The only issue is the usual inconsistent and young Titan squad looked solid in their Week 1 victory. Namely their quarterback –Jake Locker.
As Locker looks to lead the Titans to their first 2-0 start since 2008 in their home opener, Romo will try to bounce back and help the defensively challenged Cowboys avoid their first 0-2 start in four years Sunday.
Tennessee, unlike the rest of the NFL is pretty high on Locker. In fact he led the way during Tennessee’s strong start last season with six touchdowns and no interceptions before suffering a hip injury against the New York Jets in Week 4. The Titans had gotten off to a 3-1 start, but then dropped eight of 12 while Locker missed nine games with two injuries.
With the fourth-year quarterback, Locker, finally back to full health, Tennessee (1-0) is thinking positively following Sunday’s 26-10 win over a Kansas City team that won 11 games and reached the postseason a year ago.
Locker looked like a top tier quarterback with is impressive outing of going for 22 of 33 for 266 yards and two touchdowns in a Titan win.
While the optimistic Titans look to open 2-0 for the first in six years, the Cowboys will try to avoid dropping their first two for the first time since their last losing season in 2010.
Sunday’s game of 23 of 37 for 281 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions from Romo leave many unanswered questions about how realistic a salvageable season can be made in 2014. Coup that with the defense giving up a whopping 28 points in the first half; it’s high-pressure time for many in Big D.
The one positive to take from last Sunday is star receiver Dez Bryant missed much of the contest while battling dehydration, and finishing with four catches for 55 yards. Expect his production to be a lot better against an inferior Titan secondary.
Another positive is the fact that DeMarco Murray had 118 rushing yards and a touchdown on 22 carries.
Expect to see the ship righted and the Cowboys to score and often. Tennessee played lights out defense against the Chiefs, but it’s hard to believe a team that hasn’t been to the playoffs since 2008 will pose a task so daunting that the Cowboys can’t bounce back to the winning track.
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