1. Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson
When the offense needed a big play last week, Matthew Stafford turned to Calvin Johnson. I heard all throughout the game how Minnesota’s corner Chris Cook was drafted specifically to “shut down Calvin Johnson”. I’ll give Cook some credit because he did a good job against him in the first half. However, in the end Stafford and Johnson got the best of Cook and the rest of the Vikings defense. I checked ESPN today to see that they have Matthew Stafford currently fourth in the MVP race. I know that it is early but it shows how hot Matthew Stafford has been this season. Only elite corners have a chance against Johnson and the Cowboys don’t have one. I expect the trend of Johnson making big plays in big moments to continue this week.
2. Tony Romo
Tony Romo fractured his ribs and punctured his lung early in their game two weeks ago in San Francisco against the 9ers. Romo didn’t play the second half of that game but did play against the Redskins this past Monday. He says that his lung is fine and his ribs are getting better. Cowboys blog, The Landry Hat, told us that there should be no concern for Romo’s ribs. However, Romo and the ‘Boys are coming off a short week and his ribs won’t be fully healed. It doesn’t help that the offensive line has already allowed 18 hits on the QB so far this year. Romo did struggle against the Redskins on Monday; his QB Rating was only 70.9. How much of it was due to his injury? I would say a big part of it was. We will find out how much of an impact it has on his play come Sunday.
3. Possible Return of Nick Fairley
It looked like Fairley was going to make his NFL debut this week but he may not now after he missed practice on Wednesday. If he does, he probably won’t get a lot of play time but I do expect him to make a difference. Fairley sounds anxious to get back on the field from what I’ve read on the internet this week. He’s going to want to prove why he shouldn’t have slipped so far in last year’s NFL Draft. If he does play a little bit on Sunday, it just gives more rest to the other DTs like Suh, Williams, and Hill. It doesn’t look likely that he’ll play on Sunday. If he does manage to play a little, I expect him to make an impact on defense.