Run 'N' Shoot: Can the Cowboys Survive?
Run 'N' Shoot: Can the Cowboys Survive?

This article is part of our Run 'N' Shoot series.

Did you "survive" Week 2? Most Survivor players didn't. Neither did Tony Romo nor the opponents of the Raiders, Bucs, Jaguars, Browns and Redskins. Yes, five of the worst teams in the NFL in 2014 all won. Is anything predictable in the NFL anymore? Well, yeah – the Patriots are still the class of the league. Let's try to make sense of everything else, Run'N' Shoot style.

Survivor craziness aside, the story of the NFL in Week 2, for me, was the play of the sophomore quarterbacks. Derek Carr, for the first time, looked like a possible star in the making, Johnny Manziel and Blake Bortles finally looked like they (might) belong, and Teddy Bridgewater may be quarterbacking a playoff team. Let Week 2 be a reminder – things change quickly in the NFL, and we can't just assume bad teams will stay bad.

The Cowboys are 2-0, but can they survive two months without Tony Romo and Dez Bryant? My gut says "no," but who's going to win the NFC East? In a division without a dominant team, might it be the Redskins? Washington has vastly improved in the trenches on both sides of the ball, and rookie Matt Jones seems destined to relegate Alfred Morris to second string. If I'm Dallas, I'm looking at what Washington is doing – solid defense, ball control behind a good offensive line – as the template for staying alive until Romo and Dez can return.

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Mark Stopa
Mark Stopa has been sharing his fantasy insights for Rotowire since 2007. Mark is the 2010 and 2012 Staff Picks champion (eat your heart out, Chris Liss) and won Rotowire's 14-team Staff League II in consecutive seasons. He roots for the Bills and has season tickets on the second row, press level to the Rays.
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