This Week In Bad Quarterbacking: Week One

Week one of the NFL season just came and went, and I have a scenario for you:

  1. You're the GM of the All-Fantasy NFL team the Bro Council Mama-Jammas
  2. Because of the vast Bro Council resources, you can potentially pick/buy any player from any position to play Quarterback
  3. Your owner is a slightly less crazy version of Al Davis, and he only gives you two choices: Tony Romo or Cam Newton
  4. Opening day is one week away

Who do you pick? If you're like 99% of the world, you would have probably chosen Tony Romo - the "proven" quarterback. We don't blame you, but you would have been wrong. Here are some stats for you:

Tony Romo

  • Passing: 23-36, 352 yds, 2 TDs, 1 INT
  • Rushing: 3 rush, 9 yds, 0TD, 1 FumL
  • Years as Starting NFL QB: 5
  • Actual Headline: "Cowboys defend Romo after latest collapse"

Cam Newton

  • Passing: 24-37, 422 yds, 2 TDs, 1 INT
  • Rushing: 8 rush, 18 yds, 1TD, 0 FumL
  • Years as Starting NFL QB: 1
  • Actual Headline: "Packers to face 'impressive' Panthers rookie Newton next week"

The stats seem somewhat similar (other than Cam's higher yardage total, and extra rushing touchdown), but the real issue here is the extra turnover and how bad the interception was for Romo. The Cowboys were driving down the field for a chance to potentially win the game when he threw a pass to Darrelle Revis Dez Bryant. Dez was injured, there were two defenders on him, and somehow Romo managed to underthrow the ball enough to land directly in Revis' hands and make Romo look like the injured one. I'm not a Cowboys fan, but I was actually rooting for them in this game...I should have known that old Romo would do it again.

In other news, Romo is on the Golf Channel this Tuesday to teach you how to putt and to star in another one of their shows. Good job, Romo - you've replaced your Jessica Simpson distraction with golf. You the man!

Also this week, Ben Roethlisberger threw 14 interceptions, and Eli Manning can now say that despite a completion percentage slightly over 50% and a rating of 70.8 with no touchdowns, at least for a couple weeks of his career he was the best Manning playing Quarterback in the NFL - unless Archie comes out of retirement, or Cooper decides to play in the NFL by Week 2.

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