Cowboys vs. Redskins: Dallas Loss Won't Be Product of Tony Romo Mistakes

Steven CookFeatured Columnist IVDecember 29, 2012

ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 23:  Quarterback Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys looks for an open receiver under pressure from defensive end Will Smith #91 of the New Orleans Saints at Cowboys Stadium on December 23, 2012 in Arlington, Texas. The New Orleans Saints beat the Dallas Cowboys 34-31 in overtime. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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A quick glance at season stats over the past few years and you're probably off the Tony Romo bandwagon. However, what the stats don't show is that the Dallas Cowboys gunslinger is playing great football and won't be the cause of another wasted season.

At 8-7, the Cowboys are one win away from clinching the NFC East and one loss away from finishing with a .500 record and out of the playoffs. 

Their potential ninth win of the season won't be an easy one, as they face Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins on the road on Sunday Night Football. The first time RGIII faced the Cowboys, he kicked their defense all over Cowboys Stadium on Thanksgiving Day.

Jason Garrett's squad went into halftime with a 28-3 deficit that day, thanks to a terrible second-quarter performance.

But it was Romo that brought Dallas back and narrowed it down to a one-possession game late in the fourth quarter. It was him who ended up racking up 441 passing yards and three scores to go along with two picks.

We all know Romo has grown a reputation for putting the ball in defenders' hands, but he's only thrown one pick since the loss to the Redskins. Of his 16 picks this season, many have come off poor route running or off receivers' hands.

Plus, nine of those 16 came in two games (five vs. Chicago, four vs. New York Giants). He has just seven picks in his other 13 games. 

Romo's 416 yards against New Orleans last week marked the ninth time this season that he surpassed 300 passing yards in a game. He always throws for a very impressive percentage (66.3 this season) and is a master at moving the ball down the field. On top of that, he's more focused than ever on cutting back on turnovers. 

It's safe to say there's very little, if anything, wrong with the passing game, and in turn, Romo.

When the Cowboys struggle, it's on the other side of the ball.

Defensive coordinator Rob Ryan has put together strong units in recent seasons to complement a recently groggy offense, but the tide has turned this season. Dallas has only lost one game this season in which the opposing team scored less than 27 points. 

Last week was a prime example of everybody but Romo being deserving of the blame. His running back fumbled inside their own 10-yard-line in a tie game and his defense let up 34 points. All he did was put up 400-plus yards and mount a 14-point comeback in a little more than four minutes. 

Tony Romo has been the hottest topic in the blame game for Dallas' downfalls recently, but he won't be the reason they miss the playoffs in 2012. 

No, that'll be everybody else. 


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