While he has been highly criticized over the beginning part of the season, it is safe to say that Tony Romo has been the reason for the Cowboys last three wins. I know, running back DeMarco Murray has been key. I also know, the emergence of Laurent Robinson outside has also been a factor. But, in the end, Tony Romo has been the man for the Cowboys.
Last week in Buffalo he was near perfect. He went 23 of 26, that’s 88.5 percent completion percentage. He had three touchdown passes, and led four scoring drives in the first half of, what turned out to be, a blowout over Buffalo.
“We are learning a little bit about who we are and what we can do and what we are capable of doing,” Romo said after the game in Buffalo. Romo’s education continued this week against the slumping Redskins.
During the broadcast Darryl Johnston said that this rivalry is like any other, “The best team doesn’t always win,” Johnston said. Well, this week, the better quarterback won.
Romo, while not flawless, was fantastic again. He made sure not to commit any costly errors, and made a lot of plays with his feet. While his completion percentage wasn’t nearly as good, he did have 292 yards passing and 3 touchdowns. All three touchdowns came on throws that Romo had to buy time with his feet before getting the ball out.
“That’s Romo. He’s like a snake, man…When you rush him, he’s slippery. He’s all over the place,” a frustrated Brian Orakpo said. Orakpo, who plays outside linebacker for the Redskins, and his teammates had a few chances to bring down Romo for a sack, but Romo made defenders miss with his subtle elusiveness. The Redskins did manage to coral Romo for 4 sacks, but in the end they could not coral Romo when it counted the most.
In overtime, the Cowboys had the ball facing a 3rd and 15 at midfield. Romo dropped back to pass, spun out of the pocket to avoid the pressure and fired a laser to Dez Bryant for a 26-yard completion to setup Dan Bailey’s game winning kick.
“He makes it look easy,” Cowboys tight end Jason Witten said. “I think it starts with his ability to see it before the snap, and he has a great awareness about him and an ability to make those type of throws. He’s done it for a long time.”
Witten was on the receiving end of another one of Romo’s great plays. The Cowboys were at their 41-yard line and Romo, again feeling pressure, spun out of the pocket and hit a streaking Witten for a 59-yard touchdown pass.
For a guy that has been attacked so much this year, the plays that he has made the last three weeks are one of, if not the, reason the Cowboys have been so successful. The Cowboys and their fans hope that this continues as the games get more and more important moving forward.
Romo and Dallas have a short week this week before hosting their annual Thanksgiving game against the surging Miami Dolphins.