Ripping Tony Romo has become a blood sport. It's almost like everyone sits in wait to attack Romo when he doesn't play his best, or has a game like he did last week against the Jets, which included another late-game meltdown.
So why doesn't it go the other way when he plays like he did Sunday against the 49ers?
Romo is just one of those guys people love to take apart.
Why? What's the issue? Is it because he's the quarterback of the Cowboys? Romo works hard. He's a good guy. His teammates like him -- yet he takes an endless stream of abuse.
Romo suffered a broken rib against the 49ers, but came back to throw for 320 yards after the injury, He finished with 345 yards and two touchdowns and hit Jesse Holley on a 77-yard pass in overtime to set up the winning score.
Romo might not have a Super Bowl ring. And he's had some playoff failures, but it's time for those of you out there who rip him just for being the quarterback of the Cowboys to back away.
I just don't get it.
At least give him credit when he deserves it like he did Sunday against the 49ers.
• Let's get this straight: Falcons coach Mike Smith did not want punter Matt Bosher to punt to DeSean Jackson in the final seconds. The decision was to punt the ball out of bounds, but somehow Bosher booted it right to Jackson, who ripped a similar kick in the closing seconds to beat the Giants last year. Smith did admit to botching the closing seconds when he told quarterback Matt Ryan to take three knees but left time on the clock for the punt and a Hail Mary into the end zone. "That's on me," Smith said. "I should have run a play. Coaching error." Smith said he didn't give any thought to taking a safety up 35-31 in that situation. He didn't want to kick off.
• I have to give credit to Matt Hasselbeck. I was ready to bury him and have the Titans play Jake Locker. But Hasselbeck responded against the Ravens by throwing for 358 yards and a touchdown. Props to Hasselbeck, but I still think the long-term interest of the franchise is better off with Locker playing sooner rather than later.
• There was a lot of talk this summer that Miami running back Daniel Thomas was soft. He didn't look it against Houston, rushing for 107 yards in his first NFL game. He did fumble, which can't happen.
• The Falcons are adamant that the hit Dunta Robinson put on Eagles receiver Jeremy Maclin should not have been flagged. Smith said Maclin took a couple of steps before Robinson hit him. "That's not a defenseless receiver," Smith said. If Robinson is fined or suspended -- this is his second offense after laying out Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson last year -- you can expect an appeal. Robinson, for the most part, is expecting a fine -- bare minimum. -- even though he insisted it wasn't a dirty play. "I'll let the commissioner decide that," he said.
• With Cam Newton and Andy Dalton putting up big numbers this past weekend, what could keep the Jaguars from starting rookie Blaine Gabbert? Luke McCown was terrible in the team's loss to the Jets, throwing four interceptions. Gabbert came in for mopup duty and his five of his six passes. It can't be any worse.
• It's easy to take shot at Chiefs coach Todd Haley. But what about general manager Scott Pioli? His moves have backfired in a big way. Trading for Matt Cassel and paying him a long-term deal was and is a bad move. The guy is just ordinary. Pioli has made some other questionable personnel moves, like drafting Tyson Jackson with the third overall pick. Pioli is from the "we invented the game bunch" that is offspring of Bill Parcells. It looks like Mr. Rigid hasn't invented the game after all. One more note: Haley and Pioli aren't exactly chummy, but the coach loses out in that one.
• Sad to see Jamaal Charles go down with a torn ACL. He is one of the game's most-explosive runners. One has to wonder if he will be the same. Backs off ACLs sometimes never look the same again.
• Bad move by Jim Harbaugh declining the 15-yard penalty and keeping a 55-yard field goal on the scoreboard against the Cowboys. In that situation, you try to get a touchdown and at least burn more clock. I don't know about Harbaugh as an NFL coach.
• The interior of the Eagles offensive line isn't very good. That could cause a lot of issues for Mike Vick as it relates to the blitz.
• Tom Brady has thrown for 940 yards in two games. To think Bill Belichick once loved the running game. Smart man that Bill. Smart man.
• Chris Johnson and Arian Foster: Why you don't pay running backs big-money deals. You just don’t.