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Tony Romo won’t Romo division away because he’s out for the season

Dec 23, 2013, 4:44 PM EDT

Tony Romo

Didn’t see this one coming. ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a back injury, which means the Philadelphia Eagles will be facing Kyle Orton in Week 17 for the NFC East title.

Honestly, it’s a shame. While it gives the Eagles an obvious advantage this Sunday, we’re not actively rooting for injuries. Besides, it’s always more fun to watch him Romo the game away at the end.

Orton will be making his first start since 2011. His has a 35-34 record in his nine-year NFL career to go with a 79.7 passer rating. Obviously, the Eagles can’t take him too lightly—we saw how that went against Matt Cassel in Minnesota—but this is a huge blow for Dallas.

The Cowboys are already horrendous defensively. Now the offense will likely take a huge step back. It’s time for the Eagles to finish what they started and take the NFC East.

  1. Adam B - Dec 23, 2013 at 4:49 PM

    And I thought it was Mike Shanahan who was trying to get fired…

  2. psudrozz - Dec 23, 2013 at 4:50 PM

    stack the line, bottle up their running game, and make orton throw.

    • willh888 - Dec 23, 2013 at 4:54 PM

      damn, Lombardi

  3. Matt S. - Dec 23, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    Well the odds of the crucial game sealing INT have been reduced significantly.

  4. DLo34 - Dec 23, 2013 at 5:24 PM

    Kyle Orton looks like Dave Grohl.

  5. 2sentz - Dec 23, 2013 at 5:30 PM

    Game has gone from Dal -3 to Phl -7.5 within 24 hours. Incredible.

    • Dan - Dec 24, 2013 at 11:19 AM

      Where did you see Dallas -3? The smallest I saw was Philly -2.5.

      • 2sentz - Dec 24, 2013 at 11:26 PM

        At 7p Sunday night (after Dal game but before Phl kickoff) the game opened at Dal -3. By end of Eagles blowout it was Phl -2.5. Then the Romo update made most houses pull the game down because it shot up to 7.5, currently 7-7.5.

  6. skadoooosh - Dec 23, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    Don’t take Orton lightly? He had a career high rating of 87 with a team that replaced him and made a playoff run the very next year … with TIM TEBOW FOR CHRIST’S SAKE .. pun intended

  7. red2gold - Dec 23, 2013 at 6:41 PM

    What a perfect marriage of mediocrity. The Cowboys, who are 1 game above .500 since 1997, are now led by a QB, who is 1 game above .500 since 2003.

    • BenE. - Dec 23, 2013 at 8:08 PM

      They will both be an even .500 when they wake up on Monday morning.

  8. Jason Radcliff. - Dec 23, 2013 at 8:36 PM

    This is going to make this loss hurt so much worse…


    • Jason R. - Dec 23, 2013 at 8:37 PM

      Way to put your whole name up there, idiot.

  9. charlie - Dec 23, 2013 at 8:58 PM

    Hit him. Hurt him. Make him cry.

  10. Franchise - Dec 23, 2013 at 9:41 PM

    I guess we will have to call it Orton’d when he throws a pick late in the game

  11. theump - Dec 24, 2013 at 1:02 AM

    I don’t care, call me anything you want, this game now scares the shit out of me. Look we were supposed to have clobbered Minn and look what happened. I would have preferred Romo be in there. Eagles don’t do well when the other team is missing its best player(s).

    • Dan - Dec 24, 2013 at 11:22 AM

      Except when we played Green Bay without Aaron Rodgers.

  12. Jay D - Dec 24, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    who’s better……orton or cassel

  13. reasonablemindsays - Dec 24, 2013 at 8:31 PM

    This will be our toughest game of the season, no doubt about it.

    Why? Because it’s on the road and we’re playing against a good offensive team.

    We’ve played and beaten teams on the road. However, the teams we beat were not good.

    Let’s take a look at our last 4 road games.

    You can look at the Buccaneers, Raiders, and Packers. Against the Buccs, we go against a rookie Mike Glennon making his 2nd career start in a year where he wasn’t even the starting QB in training camp. Against the Raiders, we go against Terrelle Pryor, a QB who has since been benched due to poor play. Against the Packers we go against Scott Tolzien, a practice squad QB who hadn’t even taken 1st team reps that week. He has also since been benched.

    How did our defense fair against these three opponents on the road? We give up 20 to the Buccs (at the time one of the worst offenses in the NFL), 13 to the Pack (almost 20 before a redzone interception by Tolzien), and 20 to the Raiders (in a game where we led the entire time and our defense had no pressure on them due to our offensive dominance).

    How did our defense do against the first team we played against with a hot QB (Matt Cassell was playing well going into the game)? We sucked. We gave up 48 points to a team that started a practice squad player at runningback.

    So the only time our defense has faced a QB playing well on the road (Vikings), we played terribly giving up 48. Against mediocre to terrible QBs (Buccs, Raiders, Packers) we gave up an average of 18 points.

    So is Kyle Orton a hot QB? No, he isn’t Matt Cassell. He hadn’t had the advantage of starting the 3 prior games and getting all those 1st team reps. But is he better than Glennon, Tolzien, and Pryor? Yes, by a long shot.

    The Cowboys offense is the most potent offense we will face. Yes, even more potent than the Vikings offense. The Vikings had a better passing attack with Jennings, Patterson, and Simpson; however, their run game was non-existent without Peterson. The Cowboys boast a very solid running game with Demarco Murray. Now this does play into our advantage, as our defense does better against the run than it does against the pass. So there is hope.

    So can our defense play better than it did against Minnesota? Yes, but it will still give up a good amount of points. How many points? How does 21-28 points sound? Even if our defense does better than it typically does on the road against mediocre QBs, we will still give up a lot of points.

    So does Nick Foles and the Eagles offense have the capability of scoring over 28 points against a defense that held them to 3 points at home? I think they do. Foles was hampered by a groin injury in the Dallas game and when healthy has played as well as any QB can play. The offensive line is playing at the highest level they’ve played all year.

    So yes, the Eagles can win this game in a high scoring shoot-out. But it will be tough.

    • sfsu - Dec 24, 2013 at 8:57 PM

      “This will be our toughest game of the season, no doubt about it.”

      I knew I ate mushrooms before the Denver game but I didn’t think they were THAT good

    • lahoe819 - Dec 24, 2013 at 10:14 PM

      If they can hold the cowboys to 21 or less, I’d be surprised if the eagles don’t win. Pryor was benched due to injury, if I remember correctly? He just stayed there once healthy because the season was lost and they wanted to stick with McGloin and see what he could do. I was more nervous about the bears game than this game. I feel pretty confident about this weekend.


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