Here’s a look at everything you need to be fully prepared for today’s noon kickoff.
Date: November 2nd, 2014
Kickoff: Noon Central (1pm Eastern) – Don’t forget that clock’s moved back an hour!
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Betting Line:Currently -2.5, Over/Under 45.0 (Line opened at Dallas -4.5) Dallas is 5-3 ATS in 2014
Game-time decision. The team has finally come clean that Tony Romo has two fractured transverse process in his back. The injury doesn’t require surgery, can be played with, but there is possibly some inherent risk in trying to play through the pain.
So Romo -- 24-5 in the month of November -- is a no-go, with Brandon Weeden to be under center today. The risks for Romo are very real here; CowboysHQ.com sources note that while the transverse process can heal themselves in a matter of weeks, their connection to other parts of the back, and ultimately to the spine, creates concern.
One medical source who Fish says is "close to the Cowboys situation'' tells us flatly: "It's a fracture. Period. He shouldn't play.''
As expected, Dallas activated Demarcus Lawrence, rookie defensive end from Boise State. The second-round pick (and technically, third rounder too) will make his professional debut after sitting out the first eight games of the season. Lawrence broke his foot in training camp and was placed on IR/Designated but is ready to go.
Cowboys fans will get their first live glimpse of the physical specimen pegged to replace DeMarcus Ware as the weakside edge rusher needed to fuel Rod Marinelli’s system. Earlier in the week, we took a inside look into Lawrence’s situation, and the rest of the rookie class edge rushers. Was Dallas right that he was worth the move because the rest of the class was underwhelming?
To make room for Lawrence, Dallas waived DE Lavar Edwards. Again.
A quickie look at the important advanced metrics going into Week 9. This is normally a full-fledged column, but here’s a short introduction. No metric is more closely correlated to winning than Passer Rating Differential or Adjusted Net Yards Passing Per Attempt Differential (ANY/A). Here’s how the 32 NFL teams are ranked.
|Rk||Tm||Off Passer Rating||Def Passer Rating||Differential|
|2||Green Bay Packers||110.3||82.1||28.2|
|3||New England Patriots||106.2||86.8||19.4|
|7||San Diego Chargers||109.5||94.5||15|
|8||New York Giants||97.2||82.7||14.5|
|10||San Francisco 49ers||94.3||84||10.3|
|15||New Orleans Saints||97.1||93.1||4|
|18||Kansas City Chiefs||93||92.5||0.5|
|27||St. Louis Rams||90.2||105.9||-15.7|
|30||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||79.4||107||-27.6|
|32||New York Jets||62.2||113.5||-51.3|
ANY/A: Adjusted net passing yards per attempt = (Passing Yards + (Passing TDs)*20 - (INTs thrown)*45 - Sack Yards) / (Passing Attempts + Sacks)
|Rk||Tm||ANY/A For||ANY/A Allowed||Differential|
|2||Green Bay Packers||7.8||5.4||2.4|
|3||New England Patriots||7.7||5.6||2.1|
|6||San Diego Chargers||8.1||6.6||1.5|
|12||San Francisco 49ers||6.5||5.8||0.7|
|16||New York Giants||6.5||6.3||0.2|
|17||Kansas City Chiefs||6.1||6||0.1|
|18||New Orleans Saints||7||7.1||-0.1|
|28||St. Louis Rams||5.9||8||-2.1|
|30||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||5||7.9||-2.9|
|32||New York Jets||3.5||8||-4.5|