NFL gambling success on Dallas will revolve around quarterback Tony Romo more than ever before. Romo was a major key both good and bad against the NFL lines in 2008. Dallas entered last season as the NFL gambling favorite to win the NFC after getting the top seed for the 2007 playoffs, only to be upset at home against the NFL lines by the New York Giants.
Romo had finished 2007 with a great season but many in NFL gambling questioned his leadership and commitment when he took a vacation to Mexico during the by week before that playoff debacle. And from there it has gotten worse for Romo.
He began the 2008 NFL gambling campaign innocently enough as Dallas won their first 3 games, covering 2, and Romo had a 5/3 touchdown/interception ratio. Ironically enough in the next 3 games Romo lit up the scoreboard with 9 touchdown passes and just 2 interceptions but Dallas lost 2 out of those 3 games.
After Romo missed 2 NFL gambling starts at the halfway point of the season Dallas stood at 5-3 straight up but just 3-5 against the spread. Dallas won their next 3 consecutive games straight up, covering all 3 against the NFL gambling line as well.
Romo was effective with 7 touchdown passes and 3 interceptions in the stretch as he passed for over 330 yards in 2 out of the 3 games. But from there it got ugly.
With the Cowboys seemingly in control of their own fate and with a playoff berth near certain, Romo and his teammates suffered from an epic collapse in which they lost 4 out of their final 5 games both straight up and against the NFL gambling line to blow the playoffs.
Romo threw 6 touchdown passes and 9 interceptions during the NFL gambling slump and had quarterback ratings of 44.9, 44.9, 66.2, and 55.8 in the losses which were well below his season rating of 91.2. The debacle left a sour taste in everyone’s mouth for the off season. The question for 2009 is just who is the REAL Tony Romo?
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