In their victory over division rival Philadelphia, the Cowboys suffered a setback with Tony Romo's collarbone injury. The quarterback won't need surgery, but he'll be sidelined for an estimated two months. Coupled with Dez Bryant's broken foot, have the Cowboys' playoff hopes already been sunk just two weeks into the season?

We turned to WhatIfSports.com's NFL simulation engine to find out. First, we simulated the remainder of the Cowboys' season with a healthy Romo at the helm and Bryant returning in Week 10. We played every game 501 times to generate a winning percentage and average score for each matchup. Dallas fans, this one might be a bit painful:

Tony Romo at Quarterback
Week Opponent Win % Avg. Score
3 Atlanta 58.0 27-24
4 @ New Orleans 64.2 25-21
5 New England 40.3 20-22
7 @ New York Giants 60.3 25-21
8 Seattle 51.7 22-21
9 Philadelphia 48.9 22-23
10 @ Tampa Bay 82.1 29-16
11 @ Miami 58.4 24-21
12 Carolina 77.4 27-18
13 @ Washington 77.0 29-19
14 @ Green Bay 43.4 22-24
15 New York Jets 70.2 24-17
16 @ Buffalo 53.1 23-21
17 Washington 78.2 28-19

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With Romo at 100 percent, the Cowboys are favored against all but three opponents in 2015: New England, Philadelphia and Green Bay. Dallas could realistically target a 13-3 record, although at home against Seattle (51.7 percent likelihood to win) and on the road at Buffalo (53.1 percent) are no guarantees.

Without Romo, things get a little dicey. We benched Romo for the Cowboys' next eight contests, subbing in Brandon Weeden and -€“ per Texas Governor Greg Abbott's suggestion - Tim Tebow:

Brandon Weeden at Quarterback
Week Opponent Win % Avg. Score
3 Atlanta 42.9 23-25
4 @ New Orleans 60.7 24-20
5 New England 35.0 18-23
7 @ New York Giants 56.8 26-22
8 Seattle 38.4 18-23
9 Philadelphia 43.6 21-23
10 @ Tampa Bay 73.9 27-18
11 @ Miami 47.7 22-23
Tim Tebow at Quarterback
Week Opponent Win % Avg. Score
3 Atlanta 41.3 23-26
4 @ New Orleans 47.7 21-22
5 New England 23.6 16-24
7 @ New York Giants 49.3 22-23
8 Seattle 30.9 17-23
9 Philadelphia 35.9 19-25
10 @ Tampa Bay 64.5 25-19
11 @ Miami 45.4 20-22

When Weeden is calling the shots, Dallas is favored in three of the next eight contests. We predict the Cowboys to fall to Atlanta this weekend, but like their chances against the Saints, Giants and Buccaneers. If the Cowboys are 5-5 when Romo returns in Week 12, we think the team can win five of their remaining six games for a 10-6 record that should earn Dallas a playoff berth.

However, if Dallas signs Tebow and gives him the nod over Weeden for the next eight games, we predict a 1-7 record for the Cowboys during Romo's absence. Tebow's only win would come at Tampa Bay, according to the simulation. If Dallas is 3-7 upon Romo's return, the team's playoff outlook will be bleak, to say the least.

So there you have it. Dallas should stick with Weeden and the governor should stick to politics.

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