Which QB would you rather have for playoff push?
Romo playing better down stretch
This isn't a debate about which franchise quarterback has a more impressive résumé. It's about whom you'd rather have piloting your playoff push this month.
You can have the quarterback with the more impressive credentials as a winner. Give me the guy who is hot right now.
Look at Romo's past six games. He's thrown for 1,855 yards with 11 touchdowns and only three picks.
Big Ben, on the other hand, is still trying to recover from a significant injury. He missed three games after spraining his throwing shoulder and dislocating his rib. Roethlisberger returned last week and was just OK in the Steelers' loss to the sorry San Diego Chargers.
Plus, Romo's December woes are a dated storyline. In fact, a strong statistical case can be made that there hasn't been a better late-season quarterback than Romo the past few years.
You can say numbers lie, but from 2009 to now, no QB has a better December/January regular-season passer rating than Romo's 108.6.
Romo's ridiculous numbers in those 12 games (one of which he played one series): 279-of-403 passing for 3,279 yards and 23 touchdowns with only four interceptions.
Sure, the Cowboys collapsed down the stretch last season, but you really want to blame Romo for the 1-4 finish? His 10-to-1 touchdown-to-interception ratio wasn't the reason the Cowboys crumbled.
As a quarterback, Romo couldn't solve the Dallas defense's problems late last season.
That very well could be the case again in the next few games.
Good thing this isn't a debate about whether you'd rather have the Dallas or Pittsburgh defense for a playoff push.
Big Ben's success speaks for itself
This is pretty easy.
The Steelers suffered a bad loss to the San Diego Chargers last week in Roethlisberger's first game back from injuries. However, Roethlisberger has the track record of success that Romo doesn't.
Romo has just one playoff win and is 10-13 in his career in December.
Roethlisberger has three Super Bowl appearances, including two titles, and has compiled a 23-10 record in December. He's thrown 45 touchdowns and 25 interceptions in the last month of the season during his career. He has won many big games over the years.
The interesting thing about Roethlisberger's career is the success has come with different kinds of wide receivers, running backs and offensive linemen. Roethlisberger makes players better. Just look at the Steelers' current receiving corps: Mike Wallace, Emmanuel Sanders and Antonio Brown. He's won a Super Bowl with Santonio Holmes, who was eventually sent away.
He's similar to Romo in terms of keeping plays alive when pressured in the pocket. But unlike Romo, Roethlisberger has the success necessary to be labeled "elite." Sometimes we forget about Roethlisberger being so good because we're fixated on the stats of other quarterbacks. Peyton Manning comes to mind, but Roethlisberger has more rings.
Romo wishes he had Roethlisberger's résumé.
Currently, Romo is playing well and seems to have curtailed his turnover issues of the early part of the season. He seems to have found a chemistry with Dez Bryant, who should be questionable against Pittsburgh on Sunday afternoon.
Romo is on a good tear in which he's 3-1 in the past four games with eight touchdowns and three interceptions. Before Roethlisberger went out with his injury, he had a four-game stretch with seven touchdowns and just two interceptions, during which he didn't throw for more than 300 yards. Pittsburgh went 4-0 during the stretch, which included victories against three teams still in the playoff picture.
Romo has impressive victories against elite quarterbacks over the years, beating Eli Manning and Drew Brees, but he doesn't have the long-term team success needed. Roethlisberger does, and you have to feel confident about the Steelers' chances of reaching the postseason more so than the Cowboys'.
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