Thursday, November 22, 2012
Big Decision: Jason Garrett should rely on Tony Romo, Dez Bryant
By Jean-Jacques Taylor
ARLINGTON -- DeMarco Murray is out. Felix Jones will try to play on two sore knees.
Don't be surprised, at all, if Lance Dunbar starts.
Considering the Cowboys have the NFL's worst first-down rushing offense -- 3.37 yards per carry -- this would be a good week for Jason Garrett to use the pass to establish the run.
That's right, Garrett should start this game throwing the ball and asking Tony Romo to shoulder the responsibility of the offense.
Think about it, the Cowboys' best players today will be the guys in the passing game whether it's Romo, Jason Witten, Dez Bryant or Miles Austin.
Running the ball will create too many second-and-long situations, as we've seen all season, which will benefit Washington's defense.
Attacking on first down will help the Cowboys avoid those situations. Although the offensive line has been ravaged by injuries, the Cowboys can use three- and five-step drops to keep Romo out of harm's way.
Besides, Romo is playing his best football of the season. His passer rating has been above 90.0 in five of the last six games. Witten and Dez Bryant are each playing their best football.
Passing is what Dallas does best.
And if the Cowboys can grab an early lead with their passing game, then perhaps Dunbar and Jones can get some work done in the second half.