The Washington Redskins played their worst game of the season, but had the ball in the 4th quarter with a chance to win at Dallas. That in itself, is a reason for optimism and is proof that this franchise is moving in the right direction.
Media outlets across the country painted the perfect picture for Tony Romo leading into Monday night’s showdown. Romo was badly injured, and would need a heroic performance for the Cowboys to win.
Dallas was riddled with injury, and the weight of Texas would be on Romo’s shoulders. Would America’s quarterback collapse or be a leader of men?
To complete the perfect story, Romo delivered a so called Jordan-esque performance. His efforts moved him to elite status. The following morning the message on NFL.com was this, “Tony Romo is suddenly the darling of the sporting world.”
But looking closer at the headlines presented to us by the national media, the news surrounding Romo and the Cowboys is filled with myths, in fact big time myths. And this proves why many believe that the Dallas Cowboys are the most overrated franchise in all of sports.
Myth: Tony Romo’s elite quarterbacking was the reason for the Cowboys success against Washington.
Truth: The highlights repeatedly show Tony Romo throwing completion after completion. Romo was portrayed as being at his best on Monday night, while Rex Grossman seemed to be at his worst.
They show Grossman fumbling the ball, while they speak about how similar Tony Romo is to Tom Brady. The media presents Grossman as a bumbling idiot, and Tony Romo as the new Joe Namath.
But this is what ESPN will never tell you: Tony Romo’s numbers were slightly worse than Rex Grossman’s. That’s right, on Monday night statistically Rex Grossman out performed America’s darling.
Tony Romo completed 22-of-36 passes for 255 yds, and threw one interception. Romo’s QB rating was 70.9.
Grossman completed 22-of-37 passes for 250 yds, and threw one interception. But Grossman threw a touchdown pass (something that Romo could not muster). Grossman’s QB rating was better than Romo’s at 77.5.
Romo should be given credit for leading his team to victory, but to insinuate that he out-performed Grossman during the course of the game, or to say that Romo was an elite quarterback during that game is false. It’s a myth.
Myth: Washington had more talent on the field, because of injuries to Dallas. Therefore, Dallas deserves credit for winning a game that they should have lost.
Truth: The Cowboys were injured, but Tony Romo still had Jason Witten and Dez Bryant. Both Cowboys are better than any offensive player on the Redskins team!
So when you think about it, the Cowboys had the two most explosive offensive weapons on the field, but yet Dallas was presented as lacking talent?
Felix Jones throughout his career has averaged more yards per carry than Tim Hightower, running game- advantage Dallas. So to conclude that Tony Romo beat the Redskins with a bunch of nobodies and scrubs is false.
The notion that Dallas had less talent than Washington, because of injury is a myth.
Myth: The Cowboys were injury riddled, while the Redskins had a healthy team.
Truth: The Cowboys did have their fare share of injuries. And NFL Network made sure that everyone was aware of how courageous Romo had to be in order to play through his injury.
But the truth is both teams battled injuries, not just Dallas.
On the official injury report submitted to the NFL, Dallas listed 12 players on the report, the Redskins listed 10 players. But all of the media attention was on Romo, and the Cowboys.
Did anyone mention that Josh Wilson (starting cornerback for the Redskins) was nearly carted off of the field last week with a neck and back injury?
Josh Wilson played an excellent game battling severe neck and back pain. But that story will never make ESPN. The Redskins also played without their starting fullback, and lost Brian Orakpo for important stretches of the game.
And the television broadcast barely mentioned how Washington lost their only deep threat receiver Anthony Armstrong, during the second quarter of the contest.
Washington’s injuries will never get the same coverage as an injury to a Cowboy. The notion that Dallas was so much more beat up and injured than Washington is false, both teams had injuries.
I bring these myths to the forefront to illustrate this point: The loss to Dallas is not as bad as the average fan might think. Washington was defeated by two points, on the road to a team who had a roster full of NFL players.
Dallas did not have more injuries than Washington, and Rex Grossman played a mediocre game just like Tony Romo did. The Redskins have much to improve on, but even when they didn’t bring their “A” game, they still had a chance to win against America’s darling of a football team. The future is bright for this Washington team, and that’s not a myth.
Let’s look forward to the Rams.