Tony Romo makes his early pick for Super Bowl LIII match-up
Tony Romo made a seamless transition from the gridiron to the broadcast booth last year as CBS Sports’ top NFL color commentator alongside Jim Nantz. But are his prognostication chops as sharp as his analyst acumen?
Fans of the Green Bay Packers and Jacksonville Jaguars certainly hope that’s the case, because those are the two teams Romo predicted to square-off in Super Bowl LIII. Although to his credit, Romo hedged his bets a bit, citing much can change between now and February 2019.
“If I had to pick right now? It’s pretty early. Thing about the NFL is things change pretty fast. Injuries happen, a lot of stuff happens,” Romo said via NFL.com. “But, if I was picking right now, I’d probably go with Green Bay versus Jacksonville. That would be a tentative, rough guess here in the summer months.”
Romo has previously expressed his admiration for the Packers, which should be noted is his home-state NFL squad and the team he rooted for as a youth. The former Dallas Cowboys quarterback declared the Packers the “team to beat” during an interview earlier this year at his football camp, which just so happened to be held in Wisconsin.
The Packers of course had a season to forget in 2017, which of course was directly involved losing Aaron Rodgers to a collarbone injury in an October game against the Minnesota Vikings. Rodgers ended up playing in only seven games on the season.
The Jaguars, on the other hand, won the AFC South and peaked at the right time, making a deep run in the postseason that ended with a loss to the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game. While the Jaguars have some questions on the offensive side of the ball, highlighted by whether or not Blake Bortles can continue to develop, the team boasts a top-3 defense.
All that said, a Packers-Jaguars showdown in Super Bowl LIII at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Feb. 3, 2019 isn’t all that unrealistic. But as Romo notes, it’s early yet.