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Storylines for fans to watch for this NFL season

[one_half] To kick or not kick?

By Russell Dorsey

Remember, those chip-shot field goals you took for granted all these years after your favorite team scored a touchdown? You may want to pay closer attention to them this season.

The NFL owners agreed to move the spot of the extra point to the 15-yard line, the equivalent of a 33-yard field goal. Kickers made 99.9 percent of extra points from the two-yard line last season. This preseason, kickers have made only 96 percent of extra points attempted from the 15-yard line. How will this affect the game?

Teams will now have to decide whether the risk of missing the kick from the 15-yard line is greater than the risk of going for two-point conversions from the two-yard line, adding more strategy to the game. Although a majority of teams will elect to kick for the extra point, there will undoubtedly be an increase in two-point conversion attempts in 2015.
Whatever teams decide, it’s something football fans can be excited about. [/one_half]

[one_half_last] Where’s Romo?

By Solomon Williams

“He will have all day to throw.” “Anyone can run behind that line.” Is this a recording? Cowboy fans seem to think their offensive line is somehow part two of the Immaculate Conception.

2014 was undoubtedly the best year of Romo’s career. He threw less than 10 interceptions for the first time in four seasons and his 113.2 passer rating was a career high. In 2015, expect Tony Romo to come back down to earth.

The unsung hero to Dallas’ success walked out the door and across the division to Philly in the offseason. Expect the Cowboys, especially Romo, to feel the brunt of it.

Without the fear of leading rusher Demarco Murray taking one to the house, every play action and draw just became a lot less scary. Defenses will lick their chops at the opportunity to blitz Romo and bait him into the poor throws we’ve seen in times past. A career year by Murray benefited Romo and the Dallas offense in historical ways. 2014 was a one-year wonder for all parties involved. Expect reality to set in and the love-hate relationship with Romo to resume after a brief sabbatical. [/one_half_last]

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