One of the most back-handed compliments a Chargers fan ever gave their quarterback, Philip Rivers was to call him ‘the Tony Romo of the AFC’. Romo, the Dallas Cowboys (7-6) quarterback has been frustratingly inconsistent throughout his career, combining spectacular plays with boneheaded decisions and late-season collapses.
When the Pittsburgh Steelers (7-6) come to town, the Cowboys will need ‘spectacular play Romo’ to take the field. Both teams are neck deep in the playoff hunt but could be said to be sinking fast. In both divisions, it is still a three team race, with the possibility that anyone could take the divisional crown, secure a wildcard spot or miss the playoffs completely.
A victory by the Cincinnati Bengals over the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday night puts added pressure on the Steelers who are still within breathing distance of AFC North leaders, the Baltimore Ravens. In the NFC East, current division leaders, the New York Giants take on likely NFC first-seed, the Atlanta Falcons giving the Cowboys and Redskins a chance to catch-up if New York slips.