This NFL season, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo has gotten his share of grief, as he has had games that were not vintage Romo. A combination of poor stats along with some questionable playcalling contributed to some degree to Dallas’ losses this year.
In Sunday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks, the Tony Romo who was behind center at Cowboys Stadium, was the one that the team’s fans are accustomed to as he tossed three touchdowns and no interceptions – for the third straight game – as he led Dallas to the easy 38-17 win over Seattle.
Seattle drew first blood, courtesy of a 43-yard field goal by Olindo Mare, which enabled the Seahawks to take an early 3-0 lead; about three-and-a-half minutes later, Romo would throw a 36-yard TD pass to wide receiver Sam Hurd, giving Dallas a 7-3 lead. The Cowboys would strike again as running back Marion Barber ran in from 2 yards out for a TD, making it 14-3. But Seattle would close the gap to 14-10 when Matt Hasselbeck threw a 23-yard TD pass to WR Deion Branch; a Romo-to-Roy Williams TD pass with 35 seconds left in the half increased Dallas’ lead to 21-10 – a lead they would take into their locker room at halftime.
The Cowboys would pull away late in the third quarter as Romo would strike again, a 3-yard pass to Miles Austin, which enlarged the Cowboys’ cushion to 28-10; about 90 seconds later, Patrick Crayton would return a punt 82 yards for a TD, putting the game out of reach at 35-10 – a lead they would not relinquish.
Romo had a decent outing, going 21-of-36 for 256 yards and 3 TD’s while Hasselbeck went 22-of-39 for 249 yards and a pair of TD’s. Barber led the Cowboys rushing attack with 14 carries for 53 yards and a score while Felix Jones rushed for 39 yards. Julius Jones led Seattle with 56 yards on 15 carries.
Romo got 10 Cowboys receivers in on the action, led by Austin with 5 receptions for 61 yards and a TD while Crayton caught 3 passes for 39 yards. Nate Burleson led all Seahawks receivers with 6 receptions for 89 yards while Branch and tight end John Carlson each caught 3 passes for 36 yards.
Dallas (5-2) plays again next week in a key divisional matchup as they visit the Philadelphia Eagles next Sunday while Seattle (2-5) gets an easier opponent next Sunday when they host the Detroit Lions.