Cowboys Romo: A Perfect Second Half
With the Dallas Cowboys 31-21 win over the Giants, the Chargers loss to the Chiefs, and the Eagles on a bye week, the Cowboys now have the best record in the NFL at 6-1.
The Cowboys are rounding up some unusual suspects to get help here (as we chronicle in this game story with the assistance of Dez Bryant Jr.) but one familiar name deserves some acclaim, too, as QB Tony Romo was central to the effort with a second half that was ... well, perfect.
"That may be the best game I’ve ever seen Tony Romo play,” raved Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. “That was an outstanding game. He was pinpointing the ball, making the kind of plays and protecting the ball.”
For the game, Romo threw three touchdowns while completing 17-of-23 passes for 279 yards. In the second half, he was 9-of-9 including a TD pass.
"Good for him," Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul said. "He's a great quarterback. What can you say about that? It doesn't surprise me at all. He did what he had to do to win. Gotta give him some respect."
One of the things Romo "had to do'' was take a pregame shot of the painkiller Toradol.
“Sometimes it makes it a little bit easier,’’ said Romo, who played through issues with his ankle and his ribs. “It’s for everything.’’
And yes, "everything'' means Romo's back, too. As Fish points out, "Toradol masks discomfort, and the ankle bone and the rib bone are eventually connected to the back bone.'' So the medicine quiets all the aches and pains. ... and on this day also quiets the cynics, skeptics and haters who've never recognized how capable Romo is of such success.
“I felt good,''he said. "I was banged up, but everyone is banged up at this point of the season. You just work through it and manage it and you go out and play.’’
Romo has now done that often enough to ...
*Extended his streak of consecutive games with a TD pass to 35. He's now just one game behind Brett Favre's 36, which is the 5th longest streak in NFL history.
*Move ahead of the late Steve McNair for the 37th most passing yards in NFL history.
*Win three straight games vs. the New York Giants, matching the longest such streak of his career. It was also Romo's 8th win vs New York, the same number of wins he has vs the Redskins and the most for Romo vs any other opponent.
*Throw for three TD's, extending his NFL record of most career TD passes vs the New York Giants (35).
*Extended his streak of consecutive games with multiple TD passes to five, just two games shy of the longest such streak of his career (7).
*Attained a 60+ completion percentage in nine straight games, which is the second longest streak of his career. His longest streak is 17.
*Moved ahead of Roger Staubach for the second most starts by a QB in franchise history (115).
And speaking of Roger (seen above in DMN photo): Romo's QB rating is now 104.7. The last time a Dallas QB had such a high rating after seven games was in 1976, with Roger Staubach at 107.0.
There are other milestones being achieved around here, of course. DeMarco Murray became the only RB in NFL history to rush for 100+ yards in second consecutive games to start a season. His 913 yards is the most ever after seven games to start the season for a Cowboy. And he's moved ahead of Julius Jones and Herschel Walker for the eighth most in franchise history.
Meanwhile, Jason Witten extended his NFL record for most career receptions vs the New York Giants (115) and moved ahead of Shannon Sharpe for the second most receiving yards by a TE in NFL history, Jason Garrett is now the fourth winningest head coach in franchise history, behind Tom Landry, Jimmy Johnson and Barry Switzer, and in total, the Cowboys offense has matched a franchise record of four straight games with 400-plus yards.
Lots of credit to go around, with the offensive line and the defense obviously earning its due. But Tony Romo -- his career often maligned and mis-evaluated -- is worthy of near-perfect praise right now.
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