The Dallas Cowboys have two absolute studs to line up with Tony Romo every Sunday, in Dez Bryant and DeMarco Murray. This weekend, though, it could end up being two other players who lead the charge for the Cowboys' offense. While Murray and Bryant are going to get plenty of touches (or targets in Bryant's case), it's going to be interesting to see what
One thing that you can be sure of, though, is that Romo is going to do what he's done all throughout the 2014 season, which is to simply hit the open man. He won't force the ball to Bryant, and while Murray will get plenty of rushing attempts, he's going up against the top-ranked rushing defense in the NFL. The Lions allow just 69.3 yards per game on the ground, and while Murray has torched plenty of opponents this year, Sunday's game will truly be his toughest test yet.
As for Bryant, the Lions are fully aware of what he's capable of doing, as he's taken over down the home stretch of the 2014 season. Bryant caught six passes for 114 yards and three touchdowns against the Philadelphia Eagles, then caught five for 73 yards and a touchdown in a blowout against the Indianapolis Colts and capped off his impressive year with a four-catch, 99-yard performance which also included two touchdowns against the Washington Redskins. Bryant proves to be a matchup nightmare week in and week out, but we should prepare to see the Lions throw everything they can at both Bryant and Murray.
So what does that mean? It means that Jason Witten and Cole Beasley could be in for quite a heavy workload.
Romo has shown an amazing connection with Witten throughout his career, and his ability to find number 82
While the Lions have an incredibly talented defense, expect to see them do anything and everything possible to slow down both Murray and Bryant. In turn, this will result in two of Romo's favorite receivers down the home stretch getting plenty of work in the biggest game of the entire season.