As the NFL season nears its end, the Cowboys are on a hot streak, and their star quarterback is putting up gaudy stats. Tony Romo put up another amazing game in Week 15 against the Browns, throwing for 439 yards and three touchdowns. His arm strength is the best it’s been in a while, but it’s his ability to lead his team to victory in clutch situations that’s really making him a contender.
There’s a new kid on the block, and he’s kicking off on a new network. It’s CBS Sports’ newest fantasy sports show, The Fantasy Show, and the NFL has a new host: Tony Romo. In an episode airing Tuesday, Romo will be joined by former NFL linebacker Brian Urlacher to talk about the upcoming NFL season. But before Romo gets started talking football, he’s going to talk a little about his upcoming fight against a familiar foe.Take another look at the Kansas City Chiefs before you put them on the list of contenders for a third consecutive Super Bowl. CBS analyst Tony Romo isn’t ruling out Andy Reid’s team, but he thinks the Chiefs will struggle in the division. It doesn’t even take into account the usual suspects and the emerging AFC powers Buffalo and Cleveland.
Tony Romo thinks a change in coaching could be enough to make the Los Angeles Chargers a threat in the AFC West after a losing streak last season. | Rick Kern/Getty Images for Kilburn Live
While there’s no denying how good the Chiefs are after winning Super Bowl 54 and being promoted to the NFL title game last year, there are signs they won’t come close to the 14-2 mark that assured them a first-round AFC playoff berth in 2020.
First, the Chiefs are the real outlier: They have won six times by a margin of four points or less. Two of those wins and one of those losses came from the AFC West, indicating at least four very competitive games this fall.
Kansas City has some of the best frontline talent in all of football: Patrick Mahomes, Chris Jones, Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce, but observers will be interested to see how the revamped offensive line performs. On paper, the waiving of Eric Fisher and Mitchell Schwartz, the acquisition of Joe Tooney and Orlando Brown (and the return of Laurent DuVernay-Tardif) is a net gain, but it’s also a drastic change for an offense that had ranked in the top six in the league since 2017.
One particular concern is that Kansas City has no depth at running backs or pass-catchers other than Hill and Kelce. Defensively, at least the outside linebackers and cornerbacks are a bit of a concern.
If the Chiefs forfeit some of their 2020 chances this time and suffer a major injury, they’ll be 12-5 or 11-6 – still in the hunt for playoffs, but without a valuable pass rush.
The Los Angeles Chargers have not been as good as their 4-0 record in the entire series, including a meaningless game in Week 17 against the Chiefs. But the Chargers haven’t been as bad as their 3-9 start to the season suggested. The only time they were not competitive was a loss in Week 13 against the New England Patriots.
Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert comes in after a season in which he was named the NFL’s top rookie offensive lineman, and Los Angeles replaced Anthony Lynn, who was ineligible to coach on game day. New coach Brandon Staley, who has just one year of experience as an NFL defensive coordinator, certainly raises questions, but Romo still spoke out for Los Angeles this week.
I really think the Chargers have a chance to make an impact this year, Romo said. They have a new coach who I think has shown the ability to adapt and be ahead of the curve (his Rams defense was statistically first in the league) when it comes to having a system and making it easy for all players.
If the offensive line improves on the field as much as it has on paper this season, the Chargers could win 11 or 12 games. If you take the time to keep the lead here and make a big play there at the right time, you can turn half of last season’s eight losses into wins by a margin of a touchdown or less.
I think having a defender makes it even easier, Romo said.
Romo did not have the golf season he was hoping for this spring and summer, but he will be back on the course this weekend. The former Dallas Cowboys quarterback is competing in the American Century Championship celebrity golf tournament at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course in Nevada. Other contenders include Mahomes, Kelce, Aaron Rodgers, Charles Barkley and various Hollywood personalities.
Romo finished far behind in qualifying for the U.S. Open this spring and had to withdraw from qualifying for the U.S. Amateur last week because of back spasms. He also did not compete in April after receiving a waiver to play in the Veritex Bank Championship tournament on the Korn Ferry Tour.
Her next appearance will be at the Texas State Open in Tyler later this month.
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