Romo unfairly criticized

John Turner
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This has never happened before, and probably will never happen again.

The Freak, who never sticks up for any teams or players in the NFC East other than the Giants, will break down this week. This will prove The Freak does have a heart just like the Grinch, and has compassion for what is happening in Big D.

Over the last two weeks, there have been many unfair comments from experts, analysts and other media directed at Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, and how he can’t make big plays at big moments. 

Case in point: Dallas lost to the Gmen last week on a blocked field goal, and the previous week to Arizona on another missed kick. In both instances everyone seems to blame Romo.

The Freak’s analysis of this: First of all, he drove his team into field-goal range both times, and it’s not his fault Coach Garrett screwed it up in the Zona game (froze his own kicker), and that JPP got his hand on Dan Baileys’ kick in the Giants’ game.

The last time The Freak checked Romo is not playing special teams, so why is the blame put on him? 

What about criticizing defensive co-ordinator Rob Ryan, whose defence allowed the Giants to score two touchdowns in the last 5:45 of the game?

Yes, the media is saying that if he completed the pass to wide receiver Miles Austin on third down they could have run out the clock. Give the guy a break – he threw for 321 yards, four touchdowns, had a passer rating of 141.3 and put 34 points on the board!

What’s hilarious about all this Romo bashing is that everyone who criticizes him paints a perfect picture that quarterback Tim Tebow is a super hero, and he’s the only reason the Broncos are leading the AFC West.

Denver won last week not because of Tebow’s play, but because of a huge mistake by Bears running back Marion Barber running out of bounds to stop the clock in regulation. If this doesn’t happen Tebow would have had only seconds to drive for the game-tying 59-yard Matt Prater field goal.

Furthermore, in overtime, Barber again cost the Bears by fumbling in field-goal range. Prater ended up kicking the winning 51-yard field goal. However, who gets all the credit?

Tim Tebow. 

He didn’t kick those monster field goals, and luckily Barber messed everything up for Chicago. The Freak guarantees you that if Prater missed either one of those field goals, the press would be blaming him and not Tebow. 

Why is it Tebow and Romo are treated so differently while essentially executing the exact same thing? 

The only thing The Freak can figure out is America is in love with the “Tim Tebow story” and Tony Romo is just a punching bag for the U.S. media. You can be guaranteed they will find a way to blame him for every loss while Tebow can do nothing wrong.

Stat of the week

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski caught two more touchdowns against the Redskins to break the record for the most touchdowns in the NFL for tight ends with 14.

Pet peeve of the week

Cowboys defensive co-ordinator is just like his father, Buddy, and brother, Rex, who really likes to run his mouth off, especially when his team is winning.  However, after the Giants’ debacle, he was no where to be found to answer any questions. When the going gets tough, Coach Ryan, you have to be able to face the music.

Coach Parcells quote of the week

“I’m not interested in being a competitive team. I want a championship team. That’s the only goal a guy like me can have. I’m not interested in making a team competitive week to week. I’m interested in champions.”

The sure thing

The Chiefs have a new coach after they fired Todd Haley, and have scored 45 points in their last four games. The Packers will score 45 points on Sunday. A monkey could pick this game. Green Bay pounds the Chiefs.

Tampa got blown out at home against a weak Jags’ team. Now the unhappy ‘Boys from Texas ride into Florida, and will exert their frustration on the Bucs. Dallas keeps its playoff hopes alive with a win.

Minnesota played hard in the Motor City and almost pulled it out in the end, but a questionable call on the game’s last play cost them. The Saints can all but clinch the NFC  South with a win. New Orleans will march home with a division title.

Don’t mortgage the house picks

In one of the most intriguing games of the week, the Patriots travel to Denver.  Good news for New England is Denver loves to run the rock instead of passing, which is great as the Pats’ pass defence is so bad they wouldn’t be able to stop a car at a red light. Since, Tebow took over the Broncos have never trailed by more than 10 points early in games, which definitely helped this offence. Let’s see how good Tebow is when he is trails by a couple of touchdowns, and has to match Mr. Brady touchdown for touchdown. Pats win to quiet the “Tebow Time” hype for this week.

Both the Lions and Raiders have not played great football over the last month, so what gives in this game? Detroit’s offence is much better than the Raiders, and this will be the difference in the end. Lions roar to a victory in the “Black Hole.”

In a game with two old-time, throw-back, physical-type defences, the Steelers travel to take on the 49ers. This game means more for the Steelers, who are battling for the division and a playoff spot while San Fran has already clinched its division. Pittsburgh will be slightly more motivated because of this, and will win this very physical game.

Upset Special

The Freak doesn’t trust the Ravens on the road as they have been so inconsistent away from their nest at 3-3 (won-lost). 

December in San Diego means one thing – Phillip Rivers’ time. 

The Bolts are fighting for their playoff lives, and another loss will put the final nail in their coffin.

Lightning strikes the Black Birds, and the Chargers win.

Last week: 5-for-7 (71.4 per cent).

Season: 70-for-100 (70 per cent).

John Turner is a Summerside schoolteacher. His column appears every Saturday

during the NFL season. Feel free to e-mail questions and comments to the

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