Letdowns, New Leases and Late-Night Football

My thoughts on Tony Romo, unfair scapegoat, what comes next in Minnesota after Josh Freeman’s signing and the thrilling novelty of football 'round the clock

For almost 60 minutes, Tony Romo went toe-to-toe with a peaking Peyton Manning and almost won, but he'll just be remembered now for his costly fourth-quarter interception. (Tony Gutierrez/AP)
For almost 60 minutes, Tony Romo went toe-to-toe with a peaking Peyton Manning and nearly won, but he’ll just be remembered now for his costly fourth-quarter interception. (Tony Gutierrez/AP)

Now that was a really fun day of football and sidebars to football. A day plus, really, including tension in the Black Hole at 2:32 Eastern Time this morning. The highlights:

Mr. Freeman goes to Minneapolis. Josh Freeman wasn’t an unemployed quarterback for long. As Mike Florio reported on NBC late Sunday night, Minnesota GM Rick Spielman signed him to a one-year contract, and he’ll report to the Vikings today. Minnesota is coming off its bye week, and has a home game with Carolina Sunday afternoon. Freeman did the one-year deal for a strategic reason: He wants to be a free agent next March, able to sign with any quarterback-needy team before the lucrative 2014 quarterback draft in May. (More on the filthy-rich prospective QB crop lower in this column.) For now, Christian Ponder and Matt Cassel will have company in the quarterback meeting room, and Freeman’s been brought in to play, not sit. The Vikings are only 1.5 games out of the NFC North lead, but before you get too excited about Freeman, check out my Stat of the Week. He’s a 50.8 percent passer over his last 10 starts, and that’s not going to win any jobs in Saskatchewan, never mind the Metrodome.

It’s not the right day to say Romo’s a bum. We all saw the pass Tony Romo, with 506 passing yards in a 48-48 tie very late in the Denver-Dallas game, threw. And he shouldn’t have thrown it. Denver linebacker Danny Trevathan stepped in front of rookie tight end Gavin Escobar and made an athletic interception at the Dallas 24. Eight plays later, as the clock ran out, Matt Prater kicked the winning 28-yard field goal. It follows the Romo pattern, of course, of throwing the ball to the other team in a vital moment. I have a hard time, though, saying, “Same ol’ Romo,’’ when his line before that throw was 25 of 35 for 506 yards, with five touchdowns and no interceptions; when he’d put up 48 points and the defense had a track meet run on it by Peyton Manning. I’m not absolving him of the error—just saying it’s not fair to rip Romo when he’s played the game of his life, and when Manning made the exact same mistake just a few drives earlier, throwing one to Morris Claiborne in a tense time. My takeaway from this game: There are no great teams in the NFC East; there may not even be one good one. But Dallas should win the division, even if it’s with a 7-9 record.

Danny Trevathan was shocked to be playing, never mind intercepting, on Sunday. “No way I thought I’d be here after what happened to me this week,’’ Trevathan said by phone after the game. On Wednesday at practice, Trevathan felt his knee pop and went down in pain. Lucky for him, an MRI showed no damage. “Just a strain,’’ he said. He said he broke on the Romo pass and was going for the interception all the way. “The ball was low, and I’m thankful for all the ball drills we do in practice,’’ Trevathan said. Ever been in a 51-48 game before, or one like it? “No sir,’’ he said. “This is the first game like this I’ve ever been a part of. It was a game we found out a lot about our character.”

How much longer for Matt Schaub? I know Gary Kubiak said last night Schaub is his quarterback, and the Texans will do everything they can this week to get him mentally ready for the boos at home, because they’re coming. The Rams will come to Reliant Stadium, and it’s got to be Schaub’s last stand. He looks like a shell of himself. He’s not a confident thrower right now, and it looked like he telegraphed a pick-6 90 seconds into the debacle loss at San Francisco. Amazing, really, how bad the Texans look right now, with such good players across the board (except for the offensive line, which is playing poorly and leaking too much pressure, and of course the quarterback). How the Texans do this week in performing mental rehab on Schaub will go a long way in determining whether they can salvage the season. 

Tramaine Brock (far left) helped Matt Schaub make the wrong kind of history, returning Schaub's interception for a touchdown 90 seconds into the Texans-49ers game. Schaub's four straight games with a pick-6 are an NFL record. (Cary Edmondson/USA Today Sports)
Tramaine Brock (far left) helped Matt Schaub make the wrong kind of history, returning Schaub’s interception for a touchdown 90 seconds into the Texans-49ers game. Schaub’s four straight games with a pick-6 are an NFL record. (Cary Edmondson/USA Today Sports)

What’s my line? Depending on your source for gambling, it’s either 27.5 or 28 points for Jacksonville-Denver, which is significant because it is the most lopsided line in NFL history—or at least since records have been kept on such things, since 1972. A bookie in New Jersey (no names, please) told me last night he’d bet on the 0-5 Jaguars for a couple of reasons. “You don’t know who’s playing in the fourth quarter for Denver,’’ he said. “They could have [Brock] Osweiler in and take it easy on Jacksonville, or run a lot just to run out the clock. I’d bet Jacksonville.’’ We’ll be doing a series at The MMQB this week looking at the Jaguars’ place in the lowlights of NFL history, and how lines like this are created.

The play of the day wasn’t a pass. It was a punt. The most amazing play I saw all day was Cincinnati punter Kevin Huber booting one—in a monsoon, with a crosswind diagonally in his face and with the Patriots sending a punt-block team—57 yards with two minutes left and the Bengals trying to protect a 13-6 lead. “Heaviest rain I’ve ever punted in or played in, ever,’’ Huber said an hour after it was over. When, presumably, he was dry. I asked Huber to walk me through the play. It was 4th-and-2 at the Cincinnati 17. Huber stood at his own 2, and Patriots punt-returner Julian Edelman was downfield at the New England 40. The rain pelted down, and Huber wiped his hands a couple of times before the snap, not wanting the ball to slip through. “Mainly, you want to treat it like any other punt,’’ he said. “I saw they had everyone coming except for one blocker on our gunner and their return man, Edelman. The visibility was okay, and the snap was good. I’m not even thinking about the rain, just the punt. I was trying to get it directionally left, because I know how dangerous a returner Edelman is. When I kicked it, it felt good. It jumped off my foot. Like a good golf shot. They say when you hit a great golf shot, you can hardly feel it and it’s effortless. That’s what this felt like, and so I was pretty happy.’’ When Huber’s left foot contacted the ball, it was at the Bengals’ 6. Edelman kept retreating. Back and back and back, until he had one foot on the 25. Sixty-nine yards in the air, through a monsoon! “I never had one at the end of a game like that,’’ he said. Never mind the conditions. Edelman took it to the 35, and Tom Brady, in desperation, couldn’t finish the drive. Adam Jones ended it with an athletic pick. But the most valuable play in this game? A punt.

Dungy joins the chorus. As respected a voice on the NFL as I know, NBC analyst Tony Dungy, said last night on TV that Washington owner Dan Snyder should change the name of his team. “The Redskins nickname is offensive to Native Americans. In 2013 we need to get that name changed.” I reported last night that Snyder continues to be resolute about not changing the name. This comes on the heels of President Obama suggesting that if a “sizable group of people” is offended by its nickname, the owner should consider changing it. Last night, the attorney for the team, Lanny Davis, was strident to me in saying people were taking the president’s statement too far—and he’s right. “What is a sizable group?’’ he said. “In 2004, the only sampling of Native Americans [on this issue] was taken in an Annenberg Poll. Nine of 10 said they were not offended by the nickname. We respect anyone who is offended, but it is not a reason to change our name. When we sing ‘Hail to the Redskins,’ it is not an attempt to dishonor anyone.’’ I asked Davis if it was fair to characterize Snyder as resolute that he would not change the name. “I’d say the team is resolute, he is resolute, 95 percent of our fans are resolute and 90 percent of Native Americans are resolute,’’ he said. NFL owners meet in Washington Tuesday, and the Oneida Indian Nation has scheduled a symposium at the same hotel to discuss why the name “Redskins” is offensive to Native Americans.

That’s a lot of windy days, and nights. The way Al Michaels calculates it, Sunday night’s Texans-Niners game was about the 340th football or baseball game (the 26th football game) he’s done at Candlestick Park … and barring a game in the old dump being moved via NBC’s flex-scheduling in the last two months of the season, it was his last one. He did three years of San Francisco Giants baseball on the radio in the ’70s, then some baseball for ABC, and, of course, Sunday and Monday night football games. And the game he remembers most was one that wasn’t played. On Oct. 17, 1989, Michaels and partner Tim McCarver, readying for game three of the Bay Area World Series between San Francisco and Oakland at Candlestick, were nearing the end of a taped piece at the top of the show, at 5:04 p.m Pacific Time, when … well, listen to Michaels: “You’re in an intense state of concentration doing your job, but there’s suddenly this noise—sounds like kids banging bats on the floor of the upper deck—and this movement. We start to move. I lived in California, so I know earthquakes, and I know it’s either a big jolt that subsides, or a small jolt that builds. And so the lights in the booth went out. We couldn’t hear the truck. We didn’t know if we were on the air or not. McCarver grabbed my left thigh and squeezed it … I mean, we were holding on. I felt for a moment we’d be pitched out onto the lower deck.’’ It lasted 14 seconds, officially. Michaels guessed it was more like a minute. “You’re on national TV, so you don’t want to act like a baby. You have to keep your wits about you.’’ And finally, he did the open of the game that wouldn’t be played on the phone, on national TV. “Well folks, that’s the greatest open in the history of television, bar none.” I asked Michaels where this Candlestick moment ranked next to the Lake Placid Olympic hockey game. “That one’s on a shelf by itself,’’ he said. “But this one, you felt the importance of it. I was on the air on ABC till Good Morning America the next morning.’’

Monday Morning Football was fun.

D.J. Hayden's first interception sealed the Raiders' second win long after most had gone to sleep Sunday night. (Kirby Lee/USA Today Sports)
D.J. Hayden’s first interception sealed the Raiders’ second win long after most had gone to sleep Sunday night. (Kirby Lee/USA Today Sports)

With the Chargers driving frantically just inside the two-minute warning of the fourth quarter, rookie Raiders corner D.J. Hayden made the biggest play of his young career. He darted in front of San Diego wideout Keenan Allen in the end zone and intercepted a Philip Rivers pass, securing the 27-17 Oakland win with the first interception of his NFL career.

At 2:32 this morning on the East Coast.

I found myself loving it—the lateness, the novelty, the vigor of the Black Hole crowd, the sereneding of Charles Woodson after the 56th interception of his career, the tremendous story of a player who nearly died on a college field last November (Hayden) being one of the heroes here.

The game ended at 2:39 a.m. Eastern Time, 11:39 p.m. Pacific Time, 8:39 p.m. Hawaii Time (held that late because of the time needed to change over the O.Co Coliseum after the Saturday night American League playoff game). At 3 a.m. Eastern, I polled my Twitter followers, asking them if they’d like to see a weekly very late Sunday night game. More football! Let’s gorge on football!

By 7 a.m., 127 of you morning people had responded. Voting yes: 91. No: 36. But as several of you tweeted, if I held that vote at noon on Monday instead of 3 a.m., I’d get a heck of a lot more no votes. One interesting refrain: Many of you said, in effect, the league should get rid of the Thursday night game and hold one of these late jobs after NBC’s Sunday night game is over. The biggest problem, of course, would be the venues and teams willing to hold a game so late. There are six teams in the Mountain and Pacific time zones, and it’s clear those are the teams that would need to host these games; hard to imagine midnight madness at East Coast stadia.

It’s an interesting concept, but one I doubt that would have any chance of happening. Just thought it was novel, and quite a few of you night owls enjoyed it.

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ArnoldNewman
ArnoldNewman

The 10% of native Americans who are bitching about "Redskins" should lose all their benefits.  Then they'll have something real to complain about.

gary41
gary41

We're real tired of reading about the Redskins name change.  You might like to know 3 out of 4 fans favor keeping the same name, so you might want to get off the political thing and get on with the business of football......

BAYOURANCH
BAYOURANCH

Atlanta just fell out of your 15 spot

captainfuzzypants
captainfuzzypants

the problem isn't "a health-care law some of the politicians don’t like,"   It's a law that half of them don't like, and that half of america doesn't like.  if it was just some, implying a few, then they wouldn't be stuck passing their next horribly destructive "budget".  We didn't get to debate it when it was being forced on us, and we don't get to debate it now i guess.  All or nothing: the new "negotiation"

ChiBears85
ChiBears85

You all can let Romo off the hook all you want, but as Herm Edwards famously said: "THE POINT IS TO WIN THE GAME!"  This game is about wins and losses, and if you can't finish, you're going nowhere.

Richard Long
Richard Long

As a Denver fan, I think I would have preferred to face any other QB in the league other than Romo on Sunday.  Not that he plays like that every week, but on Sunday, he was every bit as good as Manning.  Denver's D is not that bad.  When you have a line that protects like the Cowboys did and a QB make the decisions and deliver the ball as Romo did, there isn't much you can do to stop him.  Sure he threw a pick, but so did Manning.  Romo just threw his with 2 minutes to go. 

retro-grouch
retro-grouch

Romo played a great game for 58 minutes.  Here’s the rub.

Situational awareness 101: final possessions in a tied game have an extremely high value.  It doesn’t matter whether the score is 48-48 or 3-3, except in the high scoring game with tired DBs the QB should have a reasonable expectation that patience and mobility will be rewarded by open targets.   The win probability needle is way over to the team with their offense on the field and execution is determinative.

Throwing from a stale pocket with blocking traffic in front of him Romo opted for a tight window with a good cover LB tight on his target rather than taking the vastly wide open checkdown to his RB.   His foot contacted his own lineman as he stepped up and that's why you don't force a tight window from a busy pocket.

It was one bad play by a QB who had dozens of good plays under his belt but situational awareness and keeping clean in the pocket are part of the job description.

DennyCrane
DennyCrane

" to protest a health-care law some of the politicians don’t like"

Stop lying Peter. When the law was voted in not a single Republican voted for it because their constituents didn't want them to. That means millions of conservatives didn't want ACA. A number of Democrat politicians had to be bribed by their OWN PARTY to vote for it because, without the sweetner their millions of constituents didn't want the ACA.

Many unions and friends of Obama have opted out of the ACA because they don't like it and finally, Obama, Pelosi, and every member of Congress and their staffs have opted out of it because they don't like ACA.

Please stop being so stupid and continuing the lie that "only politicians" don't want the ACA because that's demonstrably not true. Even the very persons who voted for it don't want it.

IvanAJagerbomb
IvanAJagerbomb

Newsflash Peter -- Tony Dungy is not a respective analyst by the fans.. he is a torture to listen to and focuses too much on not enough black QBs or coaches.... and nonsense like the Redskins name change

2001mark
2001mark

Romo is fair game.  If they win (even if they had to eke) out the W v Denver, it would've been headlines the league over 'Romo finally bags a big one!'

Well, he didn't, so that makes it not on him?  

DaveBolt
DaveBolt

TONY (CLAP CLAP) CHOKER (CLAP CLAP). It's like clock work. Throw him more money, Jerry!

Gregory2
Gregory2

Wow, I just realized that the Sports Illustrated writer does not name the Redskins anymore.  Any comments on the Fighting Irish?  That is much more derogatory than the Redskins.  Blackhawks? Braves?  Why does he not have a problem with the Cowboys?  After all, they stole land from the Redskins, I mean the Indians, I mean the Native Americans, I mean the First Nation peoples.  Buffalo Bills, who are named after Buffalo Bill Cody should be a major concern for this retard, after all, he was an Indian Fighter, and PETA should be incensed since he murdered over 4000 bison!

Seriously, these PC morons should really concentrate on what they think they know, and that is sports, and not what I know they don't know, and that is politics.

johnc596
johnc596

"Same ol' Romo" means great performance until the clutch and then fail.  How does that not fit?  It's a real hoot to watch the Cowboys refuse to run with only one linebacker in the middle.  How can a team with the collection of coaches they have be so strategy-challenged?


LeBP
LeBP

Well Peter--guess Atlanta did not enjoy hosting a team from New Jersey--Time to stop hating the Jets and admit the Team is well coached.

tjw_ia
tjw_ia

Many good comments. Disclosure...not a DCowboys fan.

re: Romo's turnover at the end...it was a hold by that linebacker w/ his left arm. It slowed the TE running his route and sling shotted the LB into position. The pompous one's will believe whatever they want to believe...

friendly--neighborhood--scrawler
friendly--neighborhood--scrawler

After the Cowboy's game i noticed the same typical media trash reporting, "blame the QB"

I looked at the scoreboard saw more than 45 points by a Cowboys offense...  enough said !!!

OK
OK

Who I Like Tonight

Atlanta 20, New York Jets 15. The Falcons have ruled out Steven Jackson (hamstring) for the third straight game; with the bye next week, that means he’ll be able to give the hammy 34 days to feel right, before Atlanta faces Tampa Bay coming out of the break. The Falcons should be able to beat the turnover-prone Jets without Jackson and with a gimpy Roddy White (who might have 2011 Falcons practice-squad cornerback Darrin Walls covering him in the depleted New York secondary), but the heat is on coach Mike Smith and quarterback Matt Ryan here. A loss to the Jets would be disastrous, obviously.

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Smith, Folk lead New York Jets past Falcons 30-28Associated Press

ATLANTA -- Nick Folk kicked a 43-yard field goal on the final play of the game and the New York Jets handed struggling Atlanta its third straight loss, beating the Falcons 30-28 on Monday night.

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Right again, Peter. Of course, the Falcons' loss to the Jets makes you look like God's Own Idiot, too.

cozmikrebl
cozmikrebl

As a Bengals fan, even I find it baffling as to how you could not place the Browns in your "Fine 15" the last 2 weeks. Sure Hoyer going down hurts (wait did you even mention him at all?)..but still, they have played better than a few other teams you have on there. 

Also, the rain didn't have anything to do with the Bengals beating the Pats yesterday. It rained for like 5 minutes. The Bengals D were in Brady's face all day. And that my friend is how you beat these "elite quarterbacks". Pressure

posmoo
posmoo

You lucky Native Americans, Peter King has given you his loving, paternalistic, probably subconscious, but nonetheless startlingly racist embrace. 

Peter King knows what you apparently simply can't comprehended, my fellow citizens of Native American ancestry: But don't worry about these deficiencies he finds in your culture, he's sworn to protect you from what he thinks you just can't grasp or are too disorganized to do anything about.

Peter King is what smug self-righteous paternalistic racism looks like.

He disregards the minority opinion, because in fact the extent to which he cares about it is for use as multicultural prop to proclaim himself the hero. Ask yourself, in the past has Peter King done one thing to bring attention to help Native Americans with the myriad problems affecting the community? Of course not.

Peter King is what smug self-righteous paternalistic racism looks like, and it is disgusting.

JimCody
JimCody

Yet another attempt by Peter King to manufacture phony momentum to get the Redskins name changed. Enough already. You're getting worse than Silver and Florio.

OK
OK

The book, League of Denial: The NFL, Concussions and the Battle for Truth, and accompanying PBS Frontline documentary about the NFL's questionable history of dealing with head injuries and concussions both come out on Tuesday.

Peter King, ever-vigilant NFL Spin Doctor, buries his brief interview with the book's authors on the second page of this MMQB.

Peter King, ever-eager to fill the NFL HQ's Jimmy Roberts-like needs, wants, and offshore desires, BURIES the decision by ESPN's bosses to pull out of their years of work with the authors and PBS.

Peter King is hiding this story, hoping the MMQB reader will simply ignore it and rush to the Fine Fifteen.

The questions are, why is Peter King hiding this story? Who's paying Peter King to hide the story? How much is Peter King getting to hide the story.

OK
OK

The NFL's Chief Spin Doctor picks the White Reverend Tebow over the Non-White Josh Freeman.

Quite telling...and the product of living in two of America's Most Racist Non-Dixie Cities, Cincinnati and Boston.

Fins
Fins

Atlanta fine 15...ha ha. 

bobinpowell
bobinpowell

"Andre Smith: You’re letting a free-agent rookie from Bowling Green, Chris Jones, beat you on the inside to sack Andy Dalton?"

If Jones was good enough to make his team and to be playing in this game, what difference does it make where he went to college?  Geez, that's unsportsmanlike conduct at best--and just plain snarky at worst.

joeshine730
joeshine730

Well Kubiak will be fired in Houston along with his QB. About time. Josh McDaniels is destroying the Patriots.

ImmaFubared
ImmaFubared

Romo self destructed again as I knew he would. I gave him a lot of slack, as Dallas has, but last year towards the end with the playoffs on the line he flubbed it all up. I decided that this year he better produce or else. He screwed up the whole season last night. He is not the leader that will take this team to the playoffs. 

sbhall52
sbhall52

So you had to watch a game "in the early morning" back there on the least coast? My heart bleeds. But think about this: How many games played in the Eastern Time Zone end after midnight Eastern Time? A LOT, that's how many. How many games played in the Mountain and Pacific time zones end after midnight local time? NONE. East Coast bias, much? Usually, Peter, I'm on your side. This time, you're way off base, and way over the top. GET OVER IT.

(Also, Oakland Raiders? Sue the NFL so you can play in Santa Clara, too.)

gary7
gary7

Go back to trying to be a wannabe GM and leave the REDSKINS name alone.  After Rick Riley's article, all you Political Correct Zombie Sheep need to just go away, you are not the smartest kids in the class, your not even aloud in the room.


BabylonDon
BabylonDon

@captainfuzzypants This isn't the space for you to prove you don't understand politics, it's the space for you to prove you don't understand sports.

ginge159
ginge159

@2001mark No, it wouldn't. Romo bags plenty of games like that. It's just as soon as the game is over, the narrative becomes that it wasn't a big game.

Sdwalt
Sdwalt

@OK So he got the score wrong on a football game, Everyone I know picked Atlanta to win. I gotta wonder if God really calls someone a idiot over a football game.

johnc596
johnc596

@posmoo You're moving into Miley Cyrus territory here on the stupid-meter.  She makes money off her stupid - what do you think you're getting from this other than general disdain?

mike202
mike202

@JimCody Enough of the White Guilt.  STop telling people what should offend them.  Show me a poll where 50% of Indians find the name offensive and I will agree with you.  

Yieldman
Yieldman

@OK Peter King is "hiding" the story?  Did you read the part where ESPN removed themselves as a partner?

mike202
mike202

@OK I didn't ignore it because it was on page 2 but because it is boring.   If you don't want to get buried alive don't work in the mine.

drudown
drudown

@epicfailureismymiddlename

You mean the President that is SAVING the US taxpayers TRILLIONS over the next hundred years via Obamacare is "unpopular" compared to his GOP predecessor that decided to "give" TRILLIONS to GOP campaign contributors by selling Iraq to the People and Congress under false pretenses? I find your unfounded "insult" humorous insofar that, since President Obama has been in office, his agendas have led to (1) a stronger US dollar; (2) a lower deficit; (3) extricating ourselves from fiscally imprudent GOP occupations abroad; and (4) saving the auto industry.

Perhaps you'd like to humor me with specifics as to how the GOP agenda of (1) deregulating markets; (2) starving the State of revenue; and (3) instituting wars based on false pretenses served the People in better, more fiscally prudent ways? Then you can reconcile the "insult" that the GOP's budgetary tactics place upon democracy. Remember when W was prating on and on about how "freedom" and "democracy" must prevail in the world? I guess the GOP gets to follow the laws that serve their campaign contributors and, well, hold the entire Nation hostage if their Unconstitutional demands to "exact concessions" from  federal law (upheld by the Supreme Court) aren't met in similarly Unconstitutional ways? Spare me your pathetic insults. Be a man and speak to the merits of policy.

Last time I checked, Iraq costs over $ 4 trillion.Taken to its illogical conclusion, your ilk conspicuously omit the fact the the Bush Tax Cuts did NOT lead to a stronger US Economy. "Trickle Down" Economics is a farce. Massive borrowing just leads to (1) a WEAKER US dollar and (2) budgetary scare tactics.

Your "leaders" refuse to even follow the law. 

Richard Long
Richard Long

@ImmaFubared I'm a Denver fan and I found myself wishing that it were any other QB other than Romo over there playing.  For 58 minutes, he made every correct read, moved in the pocket and delivered the ball in perfect spots. Trust me, Denver's defense and the secondary are not that bad.  Between the line giving him time and Romo playing all world, I was worried.

Yieldman
Yieldman

@ImmaFubared Screwed up the whole season by keeping his team in the game for the first 58 minutes of a game in which NOONE had picked Dallas?  Seriously?

Sdwalt
Sdwalt

@ImmaFubared I am not a Dallas fan, but I am pretty sure it was not Romo who screwed that game up.

BobLang
BobLang

@ImmaFubared Have you ever watched a football game? How about calling out the defense that didn't generate a pass rush. At all. Or stop Manning all day. No, you call out someone that was responsible for keeping his team from getting blown out and racking up over 500 yards passing, 5 TDs. 

Self destructive? There isn't another QB in the league that would have had Dallas within 10 points yesterday. Not one. 

josef918
josef918

@Sdwalt @OK Not an idiot, but now it does look kind of foolish to have included a struggling 1-3 team in the fine fifteen.  Not sure why we don't wait on Tuesday morning for that kind of ranking, after all the games shake out?  I think I personally would have had the Browns knock Atlanta off that list even yesterday.

Gregory2
Gregory2

@drudown @epicfailureismymiddlename 

Stronger dollar?  The only reason the dollar isn't weaker because of QE Infinity is because the Euro has been debased by their own QE's.  Only since he has become president has there been a downgrade and talk of replacing the dollar as the reserve currency.

The only reason there is a lower deficit FROM THE PREVIOUS YEAR is because the Republicans stuck to their beliefs and held the president to HIS promise and idea of a sequester.  This deficit is STILL HIGHER than any under GWB.  This president had deficits in the TRILLIONS, more than double than any GWB had.

The Democrats are the ones who have the spending/borrowing problem. 

Please realize you have been brainwashed, get yourself to a deprogramming place before you are lost forever.

Richard Long
Richard Long

@BobLang @ImmaFubared Few QBs outplay Manning and on Sunday, Romo did.  Manning's pick was just as costly to Denver.  It just came earlier in the 4th. 

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