NFL Week 15 surprises

12/16/13 in NFL   |   jakeryanbrown   |   28 respect

1. Romo, Cowboys with yet another late collapse
Dec 15, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) reacts after getting sacked in the fourth quarter against the Green Bay Packers at AT&T Stadium. The Packers beat the Cowboys 37-36. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY SportsThere’s one quarterback in the NFL that no team wants to have on the field late in the fourth quarter.  That man is Tony Romo.  With the Cowboys holding a 26-3 lead heading into the second half, it appeared they would be on their way to 8-6 and get an easy home win.   Two problems.  The Cowboys defense couldn’t stop anyone if their life depended on it, and Romo chose to throw to the defense in the second half.  The Cowboys franchise QB audibled out of a run with under three minutes to play and threw a pick that would give the Packers the ball and they would go on to win the game, 37-36.  Once again, Romo made a throw that he should not have that cost the Cowboys the game.  That wasn’t the only drama in the end, though.  Dez Bryant would head to the locker room with 1:21 left to go cry off the loss.  This team can’t stay off the back pages for all the wrong reasons.  Dallas still is in position to win the NFC East if they beat the Redskins next week and beat the Eagles in the final game of the season.  Meanwhile, the Packers are very much alive in the NFC North with the win and Aaron Rodgers could be on his way back, which could shake up the NFC standings.  They will take on the Steelers next week before ending the season with what could be a monumental matchup with the Bears.
2. Eagles give up 48 in loss to Peterson-less Vikings
With Adrian Peterson and Toby Gerhart out for the Vikings, nobody gave them a chance.  Matt Cassel Dec 15, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel (16) celebrates his touchdown with teammates during the third quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sportswould silence the haters as Minnesota topped Philadelphia, 48-30.  The Eagles defense was atrocious against Cassel and unknown running back Matt Asiata, who ran for three touchdowns.  Nick Foles threw for 428 yards and three touchdowns, but his defense looked like the Eagles defense early in the season, before they turned it around.  With a Cowboys loss, the Eagles could have helped themselves in the NFC East, but instead allow the Cowboys to control their own destiny the final two weeks.  The Vikings have done a nice job playing spoiler down the stretch of the season, led by a backup quarterback.  The Eagles will welcome the Bears to Philadelphia next week before their battle for the NFC East crown in week 17.  
3. Rams put Saints playoff plans on hold with dominant win
Dec 15, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Rams defensive end William Hayes (95) hits New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) after he threw a pass during the first half at the Edward Jones Dome. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY SportsThe Saints are two different teams at home and on the road.  That will be their demise come January, if they even get there.  The Rams absolutely dominated in every facet of the game Sunday topping the Saints, 27-16.  The Saints fell to 3-4 on the road with the loss and are not a lock for the playoffs just yet.  They have a huge trip to Charlotte next week with the NFC South on the line.  If they lose that game, they will need a win in the final game of the season against the Bucs.  Drew Brees is not the same QB on the road as he is at home.  He started Sunday off with two interceptions and the Rams never looked back.  It’s hard to believe in the Saints if they do get in the playoffs with their inability to win on the road, especially with two of them coming against the Rams and Jets. 
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