Most NFL fans already have their opinions about Dallas Cowboys starting quarterback Tony Romo set in stone. He can’t win the big game, he chokes under pressure and he will always throw a bad fourth quarter interception. Only thing is, the oddsmakers and Las Vegas casinos don’t agree with a word of it.
When the news hit that Romo would require back surgery and was out for the season, the Cowboys went from a 2.5 point home favorite to a 6.5 point home underdog for their showdown against the Philadelphia Eagles this Sunday.
The line change is particularly telling when you consider the Aaron Rodgers news. When it was announced that Rodgers was starting for the Green Bay Packers this Sunday against Chicago Bears the line barely shifted at all.
Not even the announcement that the Kansas City Chiefs are resting their starters against the San Diego Chargers caused a line movement the size of the one in the Dallas-Philadelphia game. Oddsmakers and the betting public only caused that spread to shift two more points toward San Diego.
Romo may not have the best track record in big games, but when it’s not personal and just business, Las Vegas sure seems to count on him.