Sunday Insider: Fourth-and-5

  • Article by: MARK CRAIG , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 28, 2013 - 11:25 PM

Three observations …

• Tony Romo has had two back surgeries in eight months and he turns 34 on April 21. If this isn’t the end of the line, can it be far off? Romo was placed on injured reserve this week and will miss Sunday’s winner-takes-the-NFC-East-title game against Philadelphia. The fact the Cowboys have eight victories with one of the worst defenses in NFL history is a credit to Romo. This could have been the sort of signature game that has eluded Romo his entire career.

• The Packers, who play the Bears for the NFC North title on Sunday, would have clinched the division weeks ago and would be contending for a No. 1 seed had Aaron Rodgers not missed the past 7½ games. But home-field advantage hasn’t been a prerequisite for postseason success in recent years. In 2010, the Packers were the sixth seed when they went on the road an upset the No. 3-seeded Eagles, No. 1-seeded Falcons and No. 2-seeded Bears en route to winning the Super Bowl.

• There are a lot of bad quarterbacks. Detroit’s Matthew Stafford isn’t one of them. But he might be the best quarterback who gets the least out of his raw talent.

Two predictions …

• Something Romo’s reputation doesn’t need: Kyle Orton leading Dallas to a surprising playoff-clinching victory over the Eagles.

• The bodies keep dropping, but the Patriots keep winning. A win over Buffalo on Sunday clinches a first-round bye for the fourth straight year.

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Pittsburgh - LP: F. Liriano 0 FINAL
Cincinnati - WP: J. Cueto 4
Tampa Bay - LP: J. Odorizzi 0 FINAL
Baltimore - WP: M. Gonzalez 3
Chicago Cubs - LP: J. Hammel 0 FINAL
NY Yankees - WP: M. Tanaka 3
St. Louis - LP: J. Kelly 1 FINAL
Milwaukee - WP: W. Peralta 5
NY Mets - WP: D. Gee 5 FINAL
Arizona - LP: B. McCarthy 2
Atlanta - WP: J. Teheran 1 FINAL
Philadelphia - LP: C. Lee 0
Chicago Cubs 0 Top 9th Inning
NY Yankees 2
Cleveland 3 Top 9th Inning
Detroit 2
Washington - WP: D. Storen 6 FINAL
Miami - LP: M. Dunn 3
Seattle 2 Bottom 8th Inning
Texas 0
Boston 1 Bottom 6th Inning
Chicago WSox 1
Kansas City 2 Top 7th Inning
Houston 4
Toronto 0 Postponed
Minnesota 0
Oakland 0 Top 1st Inning
LA Angels 0
Colorado 0 Top 1st Inning
San Diego 0
Los Angeles - P. Maholm 9:15 PM
San Francisco - R. Vogelsong
Chicago 86 FINAL
Charlotte 91
Indiana 101 FINAL
Orlando 86
Atlanta 109 4th Qtr 0:14
Milwaukee 100
Dallas 86 4th Qtr 6:45
Memphis 82
Detroit 105 4th Qtr 4:26
Oklahoma City 97
Houston 100 FINAL
New Orleans 105
LA Lakers 113 FINAL
San Antonio 100
Brooklyn 85 4th Qtr 0:15
Cleveland 114
Philadelphia 89 4th Qtr 7:44
Miami 79
Utah 107 4th Qtr 1:00
Minnesota 105
Washington 116 4th Qtr 1:27
Boston 97
Toronto 87 4th Qtr 4:38
New York 85
Golden State 9:30 PM
Denver
LA Clippers 9:30 PM
Portland
Phoenix 9:30 PM
Sacramento
Montreal 4 1st OT 12:01
Tampa Bay 4
Columbus 3 3rd Prd
Pittsburgh 4
Dallas 9:00 PM
Anaheim
Philadelphia 1 FINAL
Red Bull New York 2
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Date/Opponent Time W L Score
2013 preseason     
Aug 9 - vs. Houston 7 pmX27-13
Aug 16 - at Buffalo 6 pmX20-16
Aug 25 - at San Francisco 7 pmX34-14
Aug 29 - vs. Tennessee 7 pmX24-23
2013 regular season     
Sep 8 - at Detroit NoonX34-24
Sep 15 - at Chicago NoonX31-30
Sep 22 - vs. Cleveland NoonX31-27
Sep 29 - vs. Pittsburgh (in London) NoonX34-27
Oct 6 - Bye
Oct 13 - vs. Carolina NoonX35-10
Oct 21 - at. NY Giants 7:40 pmX23-7
Oct 27 - vs. Green Bay 7:30 pmX44-31
Nov 3 - at Dallas NoonX27-23
Nov 7 - vs. Washington 7:25 pmX34-27
Nov 17 - at Seattle 3:25 pmX41-20
Nov. 24 - at Green Bay Noon26-26
Dec 1 - vs. Chicago NoonX23-20
Dec 8 - at Baltimore NoonX29-26
Dec 15 - vs. Philadelphia NoonX48-30
Dec 22 - at Cincinnati NoonX42-14
Dec 29 - vs. Detroit NoonX14-13

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