Cowboys: Becoming a more complete team in Romo’s absence

Darren McFadden has been a spark on the Cowboys' struggling offense.
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By Shane Larson

It’s obvious now in Texas that the Dallas Cowboys do not have the firepower on offense as they have had in previous seasons. The impact that Tony Romo has on his team is unreal and is very apparent these days. The Cowboys cannot seem to find the end zone and they are settling for field goals on every good possession. From the outsiders perspective one would say that there is no good to take from this situation. I am here to put that argument to the test. The Cowboys have actually in fact improved in many areas which is what makes Romo’s return in three weeks very scary for opposing teams.

Who would have thought that the Cowboys would be sitting pretty with a 2-5? Here’s a little bit of the reason why. Darren McFadden.

In Romo’s absence the Cowboys have found their horse in the backfield with McFadden taking the starting snaps now. In the last two weeks, McFadden has stepped up to the challenge and has shown some signs of excellence. This success he is having is with the defense stacking seven and eight guys in the box. Imagine what will happen when the pass game gets back on track and the Cowboys are able to spread out the defense!

This offense is just one spark away from being unstoppable and luckily due to the fact that they are in the NFC East, they aren’t too far out of the hunt for the division.

On the other side of the ball, the Cowboys have also made a name for themselves on defense. Rookie Byron Jones is absolutely killing it at the safety position and has definitely done an outstanding job when matched up with some of the league’s best tight ends.

The pass rush is getting there. Greg Hardy is dominating the opposing tackles and don’t expect him to slow down anytime soon. This line is nasty and deep with talent. Now how does Tony Romo fit into this? Well think for a second what it will be like when the opponent actually has to rely on passing the ball to win the game. Every game so far, none of the teams that the Cowboys have played have had to throw the ball to beat them. With Tony Romo back in the game, Dallas should be able to put up points and pull away from the other teams.

The Cowboys are quietly becoming a very well-rounded team. This is the exact reason why many of the fans around the world aren’t too scared yet because they have that little feeling in their stomach that everything is going to be okay. It has been a few years in the making but the Cowboys finally have their team locked in and when the return of “King Romo” actually happens they will be a force to be reckoned with.

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