Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys Are Dead

Todd McElweeCorrespondent INovember 23, 2012

ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 22:  Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys looks for an open receiver under pressure from Chris Baker #92 of the Washington Redskins on Thanksgiving Day at Cowboys Stadium on November 22, 2012 in Arlington, Texas. The Washington Redskins beat the Dallas Cowboys 38-31. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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Grab your shovels—it’s time to bury the Dallas Cowboys.

Washington’s 38-31 Thanksgiving victory over Tony Romo and company wasn’t an instant kill shot, but it was the initial blow in the inevitable demise of Dallas’ postseason aspirations.

For much of the game, the Cowboys exhibited less life than the holiday turkeys they would be enjoying later that evening. Dallas was lethargic, unimaginative and thoroughly out-manned for nearly three quarters.

They were no match for the Redskins and probably would have been beaten by one of the marching bands in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Dallas is not mathematically out of the picture. The Cowboys won’t grab a wild-card selection, but they play in a mediocre division.

Unfortunately, the November slate is complete. December, and all of its previous horrors, is on the horizon.

Don’t count on the Cowboys boarding the Polar Express this December. Four of their remaining five opponents (Bengals, Steelers, Saints and Redskins) harbor legitimate playoff hopes.

Only a feeble Eagles team seems like a sure thing for the Cowboys.

Why should anyone have even the slightest confidence that Romo and head coach Jason Garrett can right the ship?

Neither has exhibited that he can rally the troops for an inspired stretch run.

The face of Starter is a paltry 9-14 in December and January and has the propensity of coming up small in the biggest moments. The boy wonder stood helpless over the train wreck that was Dec. 2011—when Dallas had not one but two opportunities to dispatch the New York Giants but failed miserably, missing out on the postseason for a second consecutive season.

In a limited sample size, Garrett is 3-5 during December. Not exactly a promising record.

Romo started his December swoon early this year.

On one hand, he completed 37 passes for a career-best 441 yards and threw three touchdowns against Washington.

On the other hand, he also connected on just 60 percent of his offerings and threw two picks.

His 15 interceptions top the NFL, while his 18 combined turnovers trail only beleaguered Kansas City signal-caller Matt Cassel’s 19.

While the Redskins, Saints and Buccaneers are beginning to surge, the Cowboys are once again wilting under the pressure of a playoff race.

And though they have looked Cowboy-esque of late, the Giants are likely to reverse their fortunes. Unlike their NFC East brethren, the Giants tend to flourish during the later parts of the season.   

Once again, the blame falls on Romo and Garrett. Sure, berserker defensive coordinator Rob Ryan and his outfit are perennial underachievers, but at the end the head coach and quarterback have to answer for the team's pathetic performance.