Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo scrambles with the ball during the second half of an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins in Landover, Md., Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013. The Cowboys defeated the Redskins 24-23. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
The eternal debate amongst Cowboys fans is where exactly Tony Romo fits in. Is he a Top 10 quarterback? Top 20? Worse than Kyle Orton?
While I stubbornly maintain that – when healthy, even behind an inferior offensive line – he belongs in the Top 10. But lots of critics – and some Romo fans – disagree. And a renowned sports betting website now also thinks I’m wrong.
Bovada.com has released its proposition wagers for the 2014 season and, in short, it predicts the Cowboys will be lucky to 8-8 behind the NFL’s 14th-best quarterback.
The over/under win total for Dallas is 7.5, and there are 13 quarterbacks with better odds of winning the MVP than Romo.
While teammate Dez Bryant is 66-to-1 and DeMarco Murray 200/1, Romo comes in at 50/1, behind – in order of odds – Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Andrew Luck, Jay Cutler, Matthew Stafford, Colin Kaepernick, Cam Newton, Russell Wilson, Robert Griffin III, Matt Ryan and Nick Foles.
It means the betting world thinks Romo is better these days than Eli Manning, Philip Rivers and Ben Roethlisberger. But it also means it’ll take a near miracle for Romo to lurch into the Top 10 by leading the Cowboys to 10 wins.
A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He currently lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.