Peppers May Serve Up Tony's Ribs On A Platter!
I'm not sure if the rest of America has this same problem, but when I think of new starting quarterback Tony Romo Dallas my mind instantly shifts to that mouth watering "Rib joint" called Tony Roma's.
The boss has spoken and Cowboys coach Bill Parcells has banished Drew Bledsoe to the sidelines and replaced him with the more athletic Romo. How ironic it was on Monday night when the Dallas faithful gave Tony a standing ovation as he trotted out to begin the second half and then promptly threw and interception on the first play.
The lads at America's favorite sportsbook Sportsbook have installed the Carolina Panthers as -5 point favorites for Sunday's battle and you can bet that Julius Peppers and his cohorts are salivating at the thought of the inexperienced QB getting his first NFL start on the road in a hostile environment.
Forget about Terrell Owens, Terry Glenn and Jason Witten, the Pokes need the offensive line to step up and open some holes for Julius Jones to keep the pressure off the nervous pivot.
The good news for bettors who like to back the Cowboys is the fact that Jerry Jones employees are 3-0 against the spread as underdogs their past three visits to Carolina, including a 4-point winner last season.
After watching Plaxico Burress torch Roy Williams and his posse, one must wonder how they will corral sensational wide receiver Steve Smith. While all this is playing out, I think it is time for Demarcus Ware and Marcus Spears to step up and force Jake the Snake Delhomme to make some mistakes.
Dallas has been lacking on the road with losses at Philadelphia and Jacksonville and a point spread cover in the Music City. As for the Panthers, they have struggled in their den, with losses to New Orleans and Atlanta and a ½ cover against the woeful Browns.
The point total has been set at 41 and that may just be too generous as I look for Parcells to play 'Ground War' and limit the chances that Romo has of giving the game away.
About the Author: Bob is an experienced sports writer and handicapper who has written for the sports industry for over a decade. He has been a regular contributer to Sports Scene, a sports consultant for television's 33 Made and other major motion pictures.