Saints vs. Cowboys: Tony Romo Will Lead Dallas to Pivotal Win

Richard LangfordCorrespondent IDecember 22, 2012

ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 16:  Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on December 16, 2012 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Tony Romo has led the Cowboys back from the depths of oblivion, and he will lead them to a win on Sunday against the New Orleans Saints

That will leave the Cowboys just a win over the Washington Redskins in the regular season finale, and only one win away from being the victors of the NFC East. 

This possibility seemed unfathomable just a couple of months ago when the Cowboys sat at 3-5. 

Since then, Dallas has gone 5-1, and Romo is the key reason why. In those six games, Romo has completed 67.2 percent of his passes for 12 touchdowns and just three interceptions.

Two of those interceptions came in the same game, which was in a loss against the poor pass defense of the Redskins. But therein lies the key to Romo and the Cowboys' success; protecting the football.

Romo is always going to be aggressive; he has that gunslinger mentality. When he can do that without making terrible mistakes, this Dallas team is very difficult to beat.

The Saints will get a full taste of this because they are in no position to force him to do anything different. 

New Orleans is 31st in pass defense. They are also tied for 31st in yards allowed per pass. They are a middle-of-the-pack 15th in opponent interceptions thrown percentage, but they are 28th in sack percentage. 

In other words, they are going to have a hard time pressuring Romo into making mistakes, and with the kind of roll he is on, those interceptions aren't going to come any other way. 

Romo is going to pick apart this Saints' pass defense, and while the Saints' potent passing attack will also be able to inflict some damage, the 15th-ranked Cowboys' pass defense will be able to get enough stops to secure the victory. They boast the league's eighth best sack percentage, and they will use that to force the Saints into unmanageable third down situations and then get them off the field. 

Dallas will win, 31-24.