After Week 1 of the NFL season, the Dallas Cowboys find themselves in a familiar situation.
One of them in particular will be former Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Brandon Carr.
Three times over the past five seasons, the team that for some reason people just love to hate, are on a 2-year Week 1 winning streak.
There is a real chance that one of the Chiefs’ biggest mistakes will come back to haunt them this coming Sunday afternoon.
Carr signed with the Dallas Cowboys last year and has been a shutdown corner.
He spelled all kinds of trouble for the Giants in Week 1. Three picks including one returned to the house, a 49-yard gallop, in Dallas’ win over NYG.
Carr said the Cowboys’ game against the Chiefs this week at Arrowhead will be his first time in Kansas City since he signed with Dallas.
“I don’t know how it’s going to feel,” Carr said. “I may have some goose bumps and chills going in there. But it’s a business trip. I’m going here with the Cowboys. We’re going to take care of business. This is game two, another step for us hopefully in the right direction.
Carr, a fifth-round pick from Grand Valley (Mich.) State in the same 2008 draft that netted the Chiefs offensive tackle Branden Albert, cornerback Brandon Flowers and running back Jamaal Charles, had eight interceptions in four seasons with the Chiefs, including four in 2011.
“I had a great four years in Kansas City,” Carr said, “but Dallas was the team that showed they had faith in my ability and they wanted me in the free agency process. So far it’s worked out pretty good.
Carr will be interesting to watch but make no mistake, when talking about the Dallas Cowboys, the player who comes to mind first, is none other than Tony Romo.
Yes, Romo is on this list, again, and he probably always will be, until he wins a Super Bowl of course, but the fact of the matter is Romo is always on the list because without him, the Cowboys do not win.
Half of the time they do not win anyways, but without him, there is zero chance. He creates so much of the good on his own most of the time, and a lot of the bad too, but it’s hard to imagine anyone else stepping up and being able to deliver in the hostile football market which just so happens to be in the state of Texas.
In Week 1, Romo was impressive enough to get the win (his second straight season-opening victory against the same team), going 36-49 in terms of passing and registering 263 yards, throwing two touchdown passes, both to Jason Witten, and also had a pick. Romo picked up 5.5 yards per pass attempt, partly because of the zone defence the Giants played. Most important, Romo stayed away from making those mistakes. Romo’s lone pick came because of a mistake by rookie receiver Terrance Williams. Romo suffered a bruised rib but was only sacked twice in the entire game.
Looking ahead to this weekend’s matchup in Kansas City where the Chiefs held Jacksonville to only 157 yards in Week 1. Kansas City also sacked Jacksonville QBs Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne six times in Week 1.
Romo however will present a whole new set of problems for KC linebackers, due to his ability to move around and his variety of targets.
Also, KC defensive co-ordinator Bob Sutton was on the NY Jets staff in the 2011 season opener when Romo torched the Jets with nearly 350 passing yards.
Advantage Romo/Cowboys this weekend.
Tony Romo has made 11 regular-season starts against Andy Reid when he coached the Eagles; he threw 17 touchdown passes (and 13 picks) against the 4-3 scheme Reid is known to use.
All bets are also on that Reid, who is familiar with the Cowboys, is going to utilize everything he knows about the Cowboys’ systems. He should know it well. He coached Philly from 1999-2012 and has a 17-11 record against Romo and company.
Now, Romo faces a 3-4 defence for the first time with Reid as head coach. In sweeping Reid’s Eagles last year, he had the first no-pick game of his tenure against Philly in games that he started and finished.
Against KC and Andy Reid this time around, Romo will still need to minimize the errors, or basically, make no errors. KC has one offensive weapon they didn’t have before in QB Alex Smith, but Romo is still going to have to be on top of his game, and he is going to need help from his defence if the Cowboys are to hope for a 2-0 start to the season.