Today we look at early reports out of Dallas and New England and how this may affect your future NFL picks.
How ‘Bout That Cowboy?
The Cowboy we speak of is veteran quarterback Tony Romo and his performance since returning from back surgery last December. According to long-time Cowboys assistant coach Wade Wilson, Romo has been having difficulty with the long routes and throwing deep which is in marked contrast to team owner Jerry Jones assessment last week that Romo is “one-hundred percent”.
"It's been OK. I think the deeper the ball goes down the field, it's a little bit more inconsistent," Wilson said, via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "He's thrown all the intermediates -- the fours and the seven routes and the deep outs -- have been fine. It's just the nine routes and the deep posts.Those things have been a little inconsistent. I think that's all due to his back."
That may be daunting news to those sports handicappers and pundits who predicted big things for the Cowboys this season. One of those alleged wise guys in question is yours truly as I predicted an NFC East division title and a 10-6 record for the Boyz which was in stark contrast to the NFL odds according to Bet365.com being dealt on Dallas at 7 ½ (O-135). Those NFL odds have now dropped a click to 7 ½ (O-125). Romo will not be taking on the Chargers Thursday night in the team’s first preseason contest and that could be an ominous harbinger of things to come. If Romo can’t go there’s always Brandon Weeden. Ugh! SBR will keep you posted.
Revis Island New England Style
The 5-time Pro Bowler arrived in New England as an unrestricted free agent cast off from Tampa Bay because his six-year $96 million deal was simply too rich for their taste. But his availability became New England’s good fortune after watching their premier cornerback Aqib Talib take his talents to Denver. The early reviews are nothing but sensational and Revis will be counted on revitalizing a defense that also includes Brandon Browner on the other corner. Revis has been immense in covering DeSean Jackson and Santana Moss during the scrimmages this week with Washington. When a Patriots staff member was asked about whether or not “he’s looked great” the coach had this to say, "Has he looked great? He's 20 yards past great. He looks special."
Vince Wilfork, the massive Patriots defensive tackle, looked sharp in the scrimmages as well. The big man had an interception and was instrumental in disrupting the middle throughout. Also a welcome sight back to the defense was Jerod Mayo who made an impression with a wallop on Skins running back Alfred Morris who lost the ball upon impact.
Switching gears to the offense it has been reported that Tom Terrific has looked, er, terrific! Julian Edelman hasn’t skipped a beat from his epic 2013 season and it has been vintage Brady conducting the offense like the maestro that he is. Though Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Dobson were sidelined, Washington head coach Jay Gruden commented that Brady was “poetry in motion” after watching the future Hall-of-Famer dismantle the Redskins defense.
Though we are in the infancy of the NFL season, it’s always interesting to see how teams look right out of the gate. Assuming the Patriots offense is its usual prolific self and the defense is vastly improved from last season, New England may not be a bad NFL pick to win the AFC title at +400 currently available at WilliamHill.com.