While there’s a reasonable degree of hysteria about the condition of Tony Romo’s back and the Cowboys’ playoff hopes, the guy who will likely decide the latter is fairly calm.
While he hasn’t played this season, he did have the run of the Cowboys offense most of the offseason while Romo recovered from a procedure to remove a cyst in his back. So there’s a degree of familiarity with the receivers and the system that gives them some degree of comfort.
“I’m excited,” Orton said. “I really feel like my game is in a great spot right now, and I’m really confident heading into the week. . . . I’ve played a lot of games in this league and had some success, so [I’m] just excited with the group of guys I’ve got around me.”
The 31-year-old Orton was brought in for just this kind of opportunity (if the General Manager must say so himself), but the pressure’s a little more real now.