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Jones can learn from Romo


Being a Giants’ fan, the Freak doesn’t have any love for the Dallas Cowboys, especially when it comes to their quarterback. 

Journal Pioneer NFL columnist John Turner.

However, this changed for a few weak moments when the injured Tony Romo showed a lot of class and put his team first at a recent press conference. Romo announced that rookie quarterback Dax Prescott deserved, and earned the right, to be the starting signal caller for the Cowboys.
It must have been very tough for Romo to make this statement public, because if he didn’t get hurt in pre-season he would have this team at 9-1 (won-lost) as well. Dallas has the best offensive line in football to protect the quarterback, and to open up holes for the NFL’s best running game. 
This keeps every defence honest and running the ball chews the clock, keeping their suspect defence off the field. This makes it very easy for the quarterback to manage the game and win games.
It was the first time in a long time a Giants’ fan can tip their hat to a Cowboys’ player for showing some class, and making the right decision. Now do you think Jerry Jones can learn something from Romo?

Stat of the week
The Giants are 7-3, but their seven wins are by a combined total of 27 points. This is the lowest margin of victory in any team’s first seven wins in NFL history. Hopefully, they can win by a couple touchdowns this week, so The Freak can relax watching the game versus the Browns.
 
Bonehead play of the week
It’s almost becoming laughable, but it’s part of the game now since the extra point is from the 32-yard line. It was a record-setting day last Sunday as 10 kickers missed converts and two kickers – the Giants’ Robbie Gould and Bengals’ Mike Nugent – both missed two for a total of 12 missed extra points.

Sure thing
The Giants head out on the road to face the Browns after playing three straight in the Big Apple. New York always makes the game close, even in their victories. This will be no different as the Gmen escape Cleveland with another win.
Jared Goff was to re-energize the Rams’ offence, but it didn’t happen in his first start. Los Angeles now travels to New Orleans, which can score points. The Rams can’t score enough to keep pace with Saints.
Weather is starting to get cold in the northeast, and warm weather teams don’t like it. Jacksonville is struggling, and now has to deal with cold weather in Buffalo. Don’t like the Jags’ chances, and the Bills get another win.
 
Don’t mortgage the house picks
It’s Thanksgiving in the United States, so the Redskins travel to Dallas for the Cowboys’ traditional home game. The Cowboys are on a roll and Washington will make a game of it, but the ‘Boys will pull out the win and enjoy their home-cooked turkey after the victory.
The Packers’ D can’t stop anyone with all its injuries, and they head to Philadelphia, which is unbeaten at home. The Eagles will score a bunch of points, and their defence is solid enough to hold Rogers and Co. to under 24 points. Take the Eagles.
Don’t trust the Cardinals on the road while the Falcons play much better at home. Atlanta is coming off a bye while the Cardinals gave up two 100-yard touchdowns last week to Minnesota. Both of these birds are happy they aren’t turkeys, but one will be cooked after this game. The Falcons win.

Upset special
Oakland will have a letdown game, and this will be that week as they host the Panthers. 
Carolina needs to run the table if they have any shot at the division title.
Cam Newton will take this game over, and this will lead to a big upset road win for the Panthers.
Last week: 6-for-7.
Season: 53-for-77.

John Turner is a Summerside schoolteacher and coaches youth football. His column appears every Saturday during the NFL season. Feel free to e-mail questions and comments to ssidespartansfootball@yahoo.ca.

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