ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Tony Romo's back injury is season-ending.
It's a thunderbolt of bad news for the Cowboys as they gear up for Sunday's winner-take-all showdown with the Eagles, and a testament to Romo's toughness after he played through the injury against the Redskins. It's remarkable Romo was able to finish Sunday's game. It leaves Kyle Orton as the Cowboys' Week 17 starter. Owner Jerry Jones made Orton one of the league's highest-paid backups in 2012, giving him a three-year, $10.5 million deal. Orton has attempted just 15 passes since arriving in Big D. He should give the Cowboys a fighting chance, but the Eagles are now the prohibitive favorites to claim the NFC East crown. Romo finishes 2013 the owner of 3,828 yards and a 31:10 TD:INT ratio. He hasn't missed a game since 2010.It puts the finishing touch on the NFC "Least" for 2013. It looks like the Eagles have the clear advantage to win the division. They will be another "cellar to the penthouse" story this season.
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One thing that Fewell emphasized strongly to the media on Thursday was the need for the Giants defense to not get too excited against their NFC East rival. While many are calling this the Giants Super Bowl, as they sit just two games back in the division and will tie Dallas in the standings with a win on Sunday, Fewell needs his unit to keep their cool.
"I thought the preparation yesterday was very focused.? There was some learning going on today and I could tell our guys are pumped about playing this football game, we just can?t get overexcited," said Fewell. "We just have to stay within ourselves. ?I think we?re focusing much better. I think the purpose of us going out and because we?re behind in this race, we?re going out with that purpose of winning a football game, no matter what."
But the Giants found a way to win their fourth straight game in a 27-13 contest over the Packers, and unlike some of the recent wins, there were at least a good chunk of positives to take away from Big Blue?s offensive performance.
Victor Cruz was again at the top of his game, catching eight passes for 110 yards. Everyone else was efficient enough in helping the Giants get the win.
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1. Denver Broncos
It's not a question the most intriguing game of the 2013 schedule will be the Manning Bowl, pinning up brother against brother in one of the league's most cherished match-ups.
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2013: $1.5 million
2014: $13.5 million
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The defense collectively had a rough day, as they allowed Tony Romo to make big plays all over the field, throwing for 437 yards. Three Dallas receivers ? Miles Austin, Jason Witten and Dez Bryant ? each had over 100 yards receiving on the day.
But Stevie Brown?s effort helped the Giants preserve the victory. Brown picked off two passes and recovered a fumble. He?s now second in the NFL in interceptions with five.
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For the G-Men, it's a chance to get revenge for Jerry Jones' comments following his Cowboys' win in the season opener and extend their lead in the NFC East. A win would situate Big Blue at 6-2 and potentially three games better than the runner-up.
For the Boys, it's an opportunity to sweep the series against New York for the first time since 2007 and make ground on the division-leading Giants. Both Dallas and Philadelphia are sitting at 3-3, with the Eagles facing a tough one vs. Atlanta.
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When asked about how he plans to attack Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, who shredded Big Blue for more than 300 yards and 3 TDs in the season opener, Fewell said there's not much you could do about "classic Tony."
"I just think he had a really good game against us in the first ball game.? He made some plays with his feet, which is classic Tony, and stayed alive.? I thought he and Dez (Bryant) hooked up and did a good job, and he brought (Kevin) Ogletree in the game and he did a good job against us.? I think that they had a good plan and they executed their plan better than we played."Fewell said this time around, the secondary has made tremendous strides. Corey Webster and Antrel Rolle are getting healthier, as his Kenny Phillips. In his place, Stevie Brown has collected a team-high 3 INTs.
The defensive backs will continue to incorporate more press coverage into their repertoire, which has proven to be a solid method of late.
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Dallas Cowboys?quarterback?Tony Romo has played the?New York Giants?and the?Washington Redskins 13 times, more than any other team in the NFL.
Among NFC East games, Romo has completed more passes for a higher percentage against New York. He's thrown more touchdowns (26) and interceptions (12) against Big Blue than any other team in the league.
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Jones' cockiness was understood ... at the time. Sort of, I guess.
Dallas did play their most complete game of the season in the opener. I guess if you give them 8 or so months to prepare for one game, they really give it their all.
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If you were to look at the NFC East standings, you would find the Giants in the cellar.
But based solely on what we?ve seen from these teams on the field and in their wins and losses, the standings do not accurately reflect where I expect these teams to be ? come say, Thanksgiving.
- 1.???? Philadelphia Eagles (3-1): This is essentially a formality. The Birds have the best record in the NFC East and recently beat New York. Wins over Baltimore and New York are hard to argue against, despite how close they were. October has just hit, and Michael Vick can still work out the wrinkles of the offense. LeSean McCoy, DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin are still three of the best playmakers in the league. And the defense has made tremendous strides under Juan Castillo from year No. 1 to 2.
- 2.???? New York Giants (2-2): The Giants could be 3-1 right now if not for a controversial play call and two missed field goals. The big question mark hovering over Big Blue, however, is that their two wins have come against Carolina and Tampa Bay, two teams that have struggled tremendously on the defensive side of the ball. Eli Manning will keep the Giants in most games, but Hakeem Nicks is a vital part of the offense and his presence will be missed. The banged up D will also hurt, especially by Week 6 when the Giants face a stretch of San Francisco, Washington, Dallas, Pittsburgh and Cincinnati.
- 3.???? Dallas Cowboys (2-2): Let?s not drop the Boys to the worst team in this division because Tony Romo threw five interceptions on Monday night. Romo is still a top-10 quarterback, and this year the defense has been the best in the league defending the pass. In the bye week, I expect Jason Garrett to work out the kinks between Romo, Dez Bryant and the rest of the Cowboys offense. But their next five opponents ? Baltimore, Carolina, New York Giants, Atlanta and Philadelphia ? is a make or break stretch in their schedule.
- 4.??? Washington Redskins (2-2): The Skins are second in the standings after a month, and they?ve taken the D.C. area by storm. Robert Griffin III is exactly what fans and scouts expected ? a true pass-first quarterback who can make plays with his legs. And he?s doing it right away. Alfred Morris has been a pleasant surprise, too. But their defense is horrid. Opposing quarterbacks have averaged 326 yards v. the Skins, and that simply won?t cut it in this league. The Skins are definitely more competitive than they have been, but until their defense can amount to their offense it?ll be hard to keep pace in this division.
A good old-fashioned ribbing from a former teammate, however vile, tawdry or unsophisticated, hits home in a different way than your average pre-game trash-talking opponent or fan critic. It stings, and not just because you played together, but because you spent hours, days, sometimes years eating, training, even living with each other. There?s no understating the strength of the bonds formed in NFL locker rooms, the relationships that, theoretically at least, transcend football and last far longer than NFL careers.
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Amani Toomer likes Dallas' Tony Romo over the Giants' Eli Manning at QB until "crunch time", where Eli excels. Is there any other way to measure a QB except how they play when the game is on the line...? (Photo:?Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News)
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Cowboys' QB Tony Romo owns the second-highest career passer rating in NFL history and has thrown for 4, 000 yards three times in his career. But instead of being praised as one of the game's best, he's garnered intense scrutiny based on his poor record in big games.
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169-for-263 (64.3%) for 2199 yards with 23 TDs (two rushing) and 10 INTs
Romo torched the Giants again in Week 14, completing 21 of his 31 passes for 321 yards including four TDs and no interceptions on the evening. The Giants sacked him three times, but he was undeterred by the Giants' efforts to stop him.
To say that both still have much to prove, even though their numbers are impressive, is an understatement. Eli needs to show the world he can still win the big game for the Blue. Romo has to show that he can do it, period.
In any event, you must admit both of them are fun to watch. This season, Eli's 2011 fourth quarter QB rating of 120.5 is the league's best. Romo has a career fourth quarter QB rating of ?100.4, the best among active NFL QBs. ?Don't turn this game off, because it will come down to the final seconds.
Steve Serby of the Post decided to give the argument more buoyancy today in his column comparing the Giants Eli Manning to Cowboys QB Tony Romo...
Tony Romo? Good quarterback. Dangerous quarterback. Tony Romo has no ring.
Ahmad Bradshaw has hired?Drew Rosenhaus?to be?his new agent.?What does this mean? Ohm Youngmisuk explains: Bradshaw, who was with Craig Domann, awaits to see if he will become an unrestricted or restricted free agent based on what the new collective bargaining agreement rules. Bradshaw, who was drafted in 2007, has said he wants to remain with the Giants, who want to re-sign their top running back. The Giants placed a second-round tender on Bradshaw prior to the lockout in case he is a restricted free agent. Bradshaw said earlier this year that the Giants told him he?s a priority this offseason. If Bradshaw is an unrestricted free agent, the Giants may have to figure out how they will afford both Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs. (ESPN New York)
Who's better, Eli Manning or Tony Romo? Manning has a ring, but Dan Graziano thinks Romo's the better QB. He also?believes?Michael Vick's ahead of both:?For me, Romo/Manning is pretty close. I had no doubts about picking Vick No. 1 and going with Manning and Romo, in some order, for the next two. But I did think a fair bit about what that order should be. In the end, I went with Romo, because ranking them tied for second would have felt like a cop-out and because I feel like Romo is the better all-around player/thrower/decision-maker at this point in time. But I don't think he's better by much, and if I were picking third in this draft I wouldn't be devastated to be "stuck" with Eli Manning. I'd just give Romo the slight edge right now if I were picking second. (ESPN.com)
Andy Reid has spent all season trying to decide if Kevin Kolb or Michael Vick will be the Eagles' starting quarterback. In Washington, Mike Shanahan doesn't seem to think Donovan McNabb can run the two-minute offense. By the way, McNabb has under-performed this year, his first as a Redskin: Eight games, seven touchdowns, eight interceptions. And how 'bout them Cowboys? Tony Romo is done for the year and he wasn't all that great when he was in there anyway. Right now the Cowboys' season (I know, their season is over) is in the hands of Jon Kitna. Enough said.
And then there's Eli Manning, arguably the best quarterback in the NFC East even when Romo, McNabb, Kolb, and Vick are at their best. Manning has thrown 14 touchdown passes against 11 interceptions. He's thrown for 1,785 yards?and has a quarterback rating of 88.3. At this point, the numbers aren't as good as last year. But they've been good enough. Certainly better than anyone else under center in the NFC East.
The Cowboys' offensive line has been criticized this year, but Tony Romo has only been sacked 7 times, third least in the NFL. ?Much of the reason for this is Romo's elusiveness. ?Opposing defensive lines have done a good job getting pressure, but Romo has been able to avoid the sack due to his mobility. ?However, under pressure, Romo has been known to make the occasional poor decision. ?The Giants defensive line has been piling up the sacks recently, but they do not need to wrap up the quarterback to be effective. ?The Giants need to continually pressure Romo and force him into throwing picks. ?In the Cowboys' last three losses, Romo has seven interceptions; in their one win, he did not turn over the ball.
2. DeMarcus Ware