Weeden as Quarterback: New Hope of Cowboys
Brandon Weeden wasn’t the problem after all, playing for Cleveland Browns was. Weeden, the 2012 first-round pick played for Browns for 2 years before he was traded to become the backup of Tony Romo for Dallas Cowboys.
When Romo fractured his clavicle last week, Weeden was forced to be the Cowboys’ starting quarterback; and this could be the case for the next 8 weeks. During the first half of the game last Sunday against the Falcons, it seemed like he is a future Hall of Famer than just an ordinary quarterback.
Last week as he came on in relief of Romo, he went for 7 for 7 for 73 yards a touchdown. Meanwhile his starting stats this week were 9 of 9 for 105 yards; and 10 of 10 after he threw an interception halfway through the second quarter. He set his record over 2 games.
Jerry Jones said during an interview last week, “This quarterback Weeden can drive the ball down field. He’s a thing of beauty on throwing a football. His passing motion and his arm, frankly, you won’t see a more gifted passer, power, accuracy, the entire aspect of it. If he can basically prepare, be the starting quarterback, come in and execute and keep his head right, then I feel good about Weeden.”
Jones also said in a radio interview last week, “He’s a thing of beauty on throwing a football. His passing motion and his arm, frankly, you won’t see a more gifted passer, power, accuracy, the entire aspect of it.”
Cowboys’ Loss to the Falcons
When Julio Jones glided over the goal line for a touchdown, the Dallas crowd was silenced as they had early hopes that their team may have found a way to survive without their QB Tony Romo and Dez Bryant. The rest of the silencing was filled in by Devonta Freeman.
With Romo sporting a sling that supported his broken left collarbone on the sidelines, and Bryant also in casual clothes because of a broken right foot, Weeden started with 9 of 9 that pushed his streak to 16 completions to start the season. However, this run had ended in the 2nd quarter when he was intercepted in favor of the Falcons.
“We did a lot of really good things. Maybe not so much in the second half,” Weeden said.
Dallas’s running back, Joseph Randle, had 85 yards on his first 3 carries, which included a 37-yard touchdown helped the Cowboys attain a 14-0 lead.
The Falcons fought back by making Matt Bryan drive a 32-yard field goal during the last 40 seconds of the first half to get within 11, gaining momentum from the Cowboys.
The ill-advised throw made by Weeden to his left was then intercepted by William Moore, thereby putting Falcons on the Cowboys at 23. Freeman’s touchdown during the second quarter helped pulled the Falcons up. As Weeden rarely looked downfield after the interception, Ryan and Jones got going after they started slow.
“When you are rolling on a third down, and you’re running the ball effectively, that’s when you get into a mode offensively where you think, ‘No matter what happens, we’re going to find a way,’” said Ryan.
Jones was able to get 137 of his yards during the second half, including his 45-yard catch and run touchdown which ended with a dive while holding the ball over the goal line, outstretching his arms. Their 2-point conversion pulled the Falcons within 28-25.
While Weeden has 22 of 26 for his 232 yards, the only receiver that could catch a pass was Cole Beasley. Randle then finished an 87-yard rush and 3 touchdowns, thereby matching his record total from the last season as he was the NFL rushing champion being the backup of DeMarco Murray.