Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 5/22/13
It would appear that everyone on earth is talking about Tony Romo’s back surgery except for Romo, himself. But then again, this is Dallas and well, everything is bigger in “Big D.”The noise, the stadiums, the controversies and of course the contacts. With a quarterback who just signed a new contract in excess of $100 million, if figures that every move Romo makes will be scrutinized by the local and national media.The past two years, the Cowboys have been 8-6 heading into the final two games of the season and with a playoff berth in sight, the team failed to make the postseason, causing an even larger uproar in NFL circles, not to mention the ire of one Jerry Jones.With the start of the 2013-14 season, there is renewed hope this will be the year this team gets to the playoffs and wins a postseason contest.In terms of fantasy football, this could be a big season for this club with a solid list of players who could come up big this year.At quarterback, everything will rise and fall on the arm of Romo. For a quarterback who has been deemed an enigma at times, Romo plays hurt, plays through the pain and is one of the toughest in the league. Last season, even with injuries and failing to get to the postseason, he tossed the ball around or 4,900 yards and 28 scores. With a solid running game and a healthy corps of receivers, who knows what he can do. Is there 5,000 yards in his future?Is there a better backup in the league than Kyle Orton? He restructured his contract to make room for Romo to sign his giant deal. Orton could start for about a dozen teams in this league right now, so his value is not taken lightly.Running back is the one position on the roster that still causes me some concern. DeMarco Murray was injured last season, rushing for under 700 yards on the season. At times, Murray looks like former Oklahoma alum, Billy Sims. At others he looks like KI Jana Carter. If he is on his game, then he is a stallion for this club.The team lost backup Felix Jones to Philadelphia in free agency and the idea of Kendial Lawrence and Lawrence Dunbar do not strike fear in anyone.The receiving corps is where the Cowboys will excel. Everything starts with Dez Bryant. The sleek, talkative, Terrell Owens-like receiver is one of the best and has not taped his full potential yet. Bryant caught 92 balls, had 1,382 yards receiving and found the end zone 12 times. This year could be even better.His sidekicks will be Miles Austin and Kevin Ogletree, who are solid and dependable receivers.Jason Witten is still one of Romo’s favorite target. Last season, he had 110 catches for 1,032 yards and three scores. What Witten did was move the chains. That above everything else, was most important to this offense. And he showed his grittiness by playing hurt to start the season.To give you an idea of how much of a difference there was in the passing game versus running the football, the Cowboys average 298 passing yards per contest while only gaining 79 yards on the ground. That will need to change if things are to improve and this team is to make the playoffs.Something also to consider is that the Cowboys will play in an improved NFC East where Washington may be the best team in the division and the Giants the worst. And along with the Eagles, the Cowboys see all of them six times.Also on the schedule is seven playoff teams from last year.There is also one thing that might be bigger in Dallas this coming season - a headache the size of the state if this team cannot deliver.
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