'Boys Romp Bucs

Having won NFC offensive player of the week honors and outplaying Peyton Manning in his last two starts, Romo took his growing reputation even higher Thursday by tying a Dallas Cowboys record with five touchdown passes in a 38-10 victory over Tampa Bay.

It was the ninth time it's happened in team history and the first time on Thanksgiving. More impressive: Troy Aikman never did it in regulation and Roger Staubach never did it.

As wild as it seems to mention Romo with those Hall of Famers - especially because this was only his fifth start - he's certainly proving worthy.

Dallas has won three straight for the first time this season and is 4-1 since Romo took over for Drew Bledsoe. Now 7-4, the Cowboys go into the weekend with a half-game lead over the New York Giants in the NFC East and are second only to Chicago in the conference.

Tampa Bay (3-8) drove 80 yards for a touchdown on the first drive of the game, but got only a 46-yard field goal the rest of the game. Rookie Bruce Gradkowski threw two interceptions, both of which resulted in Dallas touchdowns.

Romo led the Cowboys to five touchdowns in a span of six drives from late in the first quarter to the middle of the third. They might've gotten a sixth TD, but settled for a 22-yard field goal from Mike Vanderjagt on the next series.

Romo was 22-of-29 for 306 yards. He completed 13 straight passes in one stretch and was 8-of-9 in the second half; he's 28-of-30 after halftime over his last three games.

Having come into the game 0.5 behind Manning as the NFL's top-rated passer, Peyton is going to need a heck of a game this weekend or else the new league leader is going to be the undrafted former Division I-AA MVP from Eastern Illinois.

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