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Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Breakfast links: Will Romo play Monday?

By Dan Graziano
ESPN.com

Oh, you know you've got to have your links. Most important post of the day. All the experts say so.

Dallas Cowboys

Dr. Michael Kaplan would be surprised if Tony Romo were able to play Monday night, given that he apparently has a punctured lung to go along with his fractured rib. I'm not going to predict this either way, except to say that, since it's Romo, I expect that there will be a great deal of drama involved in this decision and the days leading up to it.

Jason Garrett said the play he called at the end of regulation Sunday -- the toss to Miles Austin -- was a bad call. I think we can all agree on that. Not only did Austin injure his hamstring on the play (which he could have done no matter what play was called), but they blew a chance to move the ball closer for Dan Bailey's tying field goal. It didn't matter, because Bailey hit the kick anyway, but I guess it's good that Garrett isn't being stubborn about it.

New York Giants

Steve Politi says the fans who didn't like what they saw from Eli Manning and the Giants on Monday night aren't likely to feel a whole lot better about things as the season goes along.

The Giants need Aaron Ross, and they need him to be good, and they need him to be consistent. He was not those things Monday night, and he got himself benched briefly as a result. It will be fascinating to see what, if any, lingering issues result from that episode. The Giants absolutely can't afford to have Ross at anything but his best.

Philadelphia Eagles

Sheil Kapadia's breakdown of the defense's performance from Sunday night shows that Trent Cole and Cullen Jenkins were very good and Jason Babin and Jamar Chaney weren't so good. Kapadia has more details, as he always does, and is worth taking the time to read, as he always is.

Andy Reid said he got too conservative and should have asked more from Mike Kafka after Kafka went in in relief of Michael Vick. Even if it's Kafka who draws the Sunday start in Vick's place, don't be surprised to see Reid get aggressive against Ross and that Giants' secondary.

Washington Redskins

Mike Wise offers a reality check for Redskins fans getting overly giddy about the team's 2-0 start. It's funny and worthwhile and speaks to the issue of early-season overreaction, and so I enjoyed it. I just feel like it's been a while since Redskins fans could feel this good about things, so they're entitled to a little irrational exuberance. And this is the NFL, after all, where five new teams make the playoffs every year. We really don't know ...

Dan Daly writes that we didn't get a chance to see the offense Mike Shanahan wanted to run last season, so this is really our first look at it. Put it that way, what's to say it can't be a good one? Maybe we need to get Daly and Wise in the same room and hash this thing out, I don't know. Fact is, the Redskins look good, in whatever context. And they could draw a brutally banged-up Dallas team Monday night.

I'm going back to bed for a couple of hours and rest up for the chat. Been a late couple of nights. See ya!