Cowboys Romo: MVP Of Efficiency

IRVING - Rodgers, Peyton and Brady? Gaudy numbers. DeMarco and Dez? Same thing. Tony Romo? A history-based study of his 2014 performance tells us the Cowboys QB belongs in the MVP conversation alongside any of them.



With Aaron Rodgers, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady somtimes throwing five or six TD's in a game, it's easy for folks to overlook Tony Romo. Heck, Tony's even getting overshadowed by his record-breaking Dallas Cowboys teammate, DeMarco Murray, and sometimes by the flashy work of teammate Dez Bryant. However, No. 9 is quietly having one of the best seasons of his career - even with his porcelain back. Romo is currently on pace to finish the season with 30 touchdowns to just 10 interceptions. However, in Romo's last four games he has thrown nine touchdowns and just one interception, showing that his TD's are on the rise and his INT's are dropping, so those numbers could be even better by season's end.

Still, that isn't even the most impressive part of Tony Romo's season. As I pointed out earlier in this season, Romo is on pace for the highest QB rating of his career (107.2) and his secpnd highest completion percentage (68.8). In fact, Tony Romo has a completion percentage of 60.0+ in every game he's played this season (and his last two games of 2013), giving him a streak of 11 straight games, which is also the longest active streak in the NFL. Impressive, but let's dig a little deeper (All stats listed below were gathered from ProFootballReference.com to 1960):

Tony Romo's longest streak of consecutive games with a 60.0+ completion percentage is 17, which is also the third longest regular season streak in NFL history.

CONSECUTIVE REGULAR SEASON GAMES WITH A COMPLETION % OVER 60.0:
Steve Young - 22 (1994-1996)
Peyton Manning - 19 (2008-2009)
Aaron Rodgers - 19 (2010-2011)
Tony Romo - 17 (2009-2011)
Peyton Manning - 16 (2002-2003)
Drew Brees - 16 (2013-2014)
Marc Bulger - 15 (2004-2005)
Philip Rivers - 15 (2013)
Rich Gannon - 15 (2001-2002)
Drew Brees - 14 (2011)
Matt Ryan - 14 (2011-2012)
Tom Brady - 14 (2011-2012)
Chad Pennington - 14 (2002)
Drew Brees - 13 (2007)
Daunte Culpepper - 12 (2003-2004)
Kurt Warner - 12 (2000-2001)
Philip Rivers - 12 (2009)

The only four players with longer streaks than Romo's 17 are Steve Young, Peyton Manning and Aaron Rodgers. That's some pretty good company. If Romo has a 60.0+ completion percentage in each of the last six games, he will become the only player to have two streaks of 17+ games. That's not all, though.

The record for most games in a single season with a completion percentage over 60.0 is 15. Six quarterbacks in NFL history have accomplished this feat:

Kurt Warner - 2001
Peyton Manning - 2003
Daunte Culpepper - 2004
Peyton Manning - 2009
Drew Brees - 2011
Philip Rivers - 2013

Tony Romo has a chance to become the 7th quarterback to do so if he maintains his streak until the end of the season. Additionally, Romo would tie the single season record of CONSECUTIVE games with a 60.0+ completion %, at 15.

Philip Rivers - 15 (2013)
Peyton Manning - 14 (2003)
Drew Brees - 14 (2011)

Since a rough performance in Week 1 vs the 49ers, Tony Romo has recorded a QB rating over 90.0 in each game. If he continues that streak until the end of the season (starting of course with this Sunday night's challenge at the New York Giants), he will become just the fourth player in NFL history to have 14+ games with a QB rating over 90.0 in a single season. Here is a list of the QB's who have accomplished this:

Peyton Manning - 15 (2013)
Peyton Manning - 15 (2004)
Daunte Culpepper - 14 (2004)
Aaron Rodgers - 14 (2011)
Tom Brady - 14 (2012)

While Romo's touchdowns and yardage isn't as eye-popping as the numbers produced by guys like Rodgers, Brady and Peyton, his accuracy and QB rating rank as well as anyone's. Not only is Tony Romo having one of the best seasons of his career, but he's on pace to have one of the best seasons in NFL history - at least in terms of efficiency.








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