5. Romo-less Cowboys fall to Cardinals
No Tony Romo, huge problem. Led by Brandon Weeden starting in place the of injured Romo, the Cowboys fell to the Cardinals 28-17 in Jerry’s World, a second straight loss for the Cowboys at home.
The surprising Dallas defense had no answer for Carson Palmer and Co. Palmer threw for 249 yards and three touchdowns, while Weeden could not get into the end zone until the game was out of hand.
The NFL’s leading rusher, DeMarco Murray, snapped his streak of consecutive 100-yard rushing games, finishing with 79 on the afternoon. He was actually out-gained by Andre Ellington, who gained 95 on the ground.
Also concerning, Cowboys linebacker and NFL Comeback Player of the Year candidate Rolando McClain left the game in the fourth quarter with a knee injury.
The win helps Arizona remain atop the NFC West and a game over the idle Lions for No. 1 in the conference. The loss drops Dallas into second place in the NFC East behind the Sanchez-led Eagles. Dallas still owns the tiebreaker with Seattle for the No. 5 seed and top Wild Card spot.