Redskins vs. Cowboys: Will Tony Romo's Thanksgiving Day Success Continue?

Zach KruseSenior Analyst INovember 20, 2012

Romo will have six career Thanksgiving wins if he beats the Redskins Thursday.
Romo will have six career Thanksgiving wins if he beats the Redskins Thursday.Tom Pennington/Getty Images

If his recent successes on Thanksgiving are any indication, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo should have little problem throwing the football Thursday afternoon against the Washington Redskins.

Another win for the Cowboys (5-5) might be in the cards, too.  

In five career games on the holiday, Romo has thrown for 1,367 yards (average of 273.4/game) and 14 touchdowns. As a result, the Cowboys are a perfect 5-0 since 2006. The only loss Dallas has suffered on Thanksgiving since was in 2010, when Romo was out with a broken clavicle. 

Because Dallas was grandfathered in as an every-season participant at home on Thanksgiving, Romo has had plenty of chances to shine on the holiday. 

The game-by-game numbers are actually staggering for Romo and the Cowboys. 

Here's a breakdown of the five games:

  • 2006, 38-10 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Romo threw for 306 yards and five touchdowns as the Cowboys rolled. Terrell Owens had eight catches for 107 yards and a score, while Terry Glenn caught two touchdowns. Romo's passer rating finished at 148.9. 
  • 2007, 34-3 win over the New York Jets. Romo threw for just 195 yards and two scores, but the Cowboys blew out the hapless Jets. Owens and Jason Witten caught the touchdowns. Marion Barber and Julius Jones combined for almost 170 yards on the ground. 
  • 2008, 34-9 win over the Seattle Seahawks. Romo threw for a Thanksgiving-high 331 yards and added three touchdown passes. Witten and Owens combined for over 200 yards receiving and the Cowboys never trailed. 
  • 2009, 24-7 win over the Oakland Raiders. Romo racked up 309 yards and two scores as the Cowboys jumped out to a 17-0 halftime lead. Roy Williams caught a fourth quarter touchdown to put the game away. 
  • 2011, 20-19 win over the Miami Dolphins. Romo threw two picks—his highest ever amount on Thanksgiving—as the Dolphins led for much of the game. But the Cowboys quarterback led two separate fourth quarter comebacks, with the second of the two ending in Dan Bailey's chip-shot field goal as time expired that gave the Cowboys a much-needed win. 

The success isn't just limited to the Thanksgiving holiday.

Under Romo, the Cowboys have dominated the three-game stretch of games that includes the Thanksgiving Day showdown. 

According to John Clayton of ESPN, Dallas went 11-1 during the team's typical 12-game stretch in November from 2006 to 2009. Romo missed 2010's stretch, but he returned last season to lead the Cowboys to a 3-0 mark that included wins over the Buffalo Bills, Redskins and Dolphins (above). 

So far this season, the Cowboys are 2-0 to start the stretch, beating both the Philadelphia Eagles and Cleveland Browns. Without including 2010, Dallas is 16-1 during the team's pivotal stretch of November games since 2006.

Clayton credited the Cowboys' familiarity with the November schedule to the success both Romo and the team have had during a physically and mentally difficult stretch of games. 

..the veterans grow accustomed to a schedule that raises their level of play and ultimately rewards them with a 10-day break. Some might complain about playing three games over a 12-day span, but the Cowboys have turned that schedule into a huge advantage...I believe it's one of the reasons Tony Romo is at his best in November.

History and the familiarity with this stretch of games is certainly on the Cowboys side Thursday against the Redskins. A win against Washington gives Dallas a chance to be tied for the division lead by Sunday, when the New York Giants (6-4) face the surging Green Bay Packers