Big D Hopes Romo To Austin Tandem Can Melt Away December Woes

Travis WadeContributor IDecember 3, 2009

ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 26:  Wide receiver Miles Austin #19 of the Dallas Cowboys is tackled by Chris Johnson #37 of the Oakland Raiders at Cowboys Stadium on November 26, 2009 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Dallas' dismal December play became a realization for me on Dec. 25, 2006.

A Christmas home game in roaring Texas Stadium.

The Cowboys had a rejuvenated offense unseen in Big D since the mid '90s, winning six of its last eight games with new starter Tony Romo, and recently acquired wide receiver Terrell Owens.

NFC East Rivals, the Philadelphia Eagles, coming off a three game winning streak and led by backup Jeff Garcia, met this confident Cowboys team on the frosted turf.

The chilly evening started off nightmarish for the Cowboy loyal with the Eagles taking a quick 10-0 lead.

Romo fired back late in the first half with a well thrown ball into the end zone to ex-Eagle Owens for the Cowboys only score of the night. They went on to lose that game 23-7, along with their leg up in the NFC East.

All was silent in Dallas that Christmas night.

Since that frigid evening, Tony Romo and the Cowboys have been 3-7 in the month of December.

Romo, having a passer rating of 71.9 with only 14 touchdowns and 19 interceptions, takes most of the fan and media persecution for his team’s breakdown in December.

So here we are again, December. We enter a month most Cowboy fans tear from their calendars and cancel their cable providers for.

This December might be one of the roughest in the last few years with three tough road games against the Giants, the undefeated Saints, and rival Redskins.

Throw in a home game with the Chargers, and another early January home game with the Eagles.

These five teams, as of the end of week 12, combine for a winning record of 35-20.

Even though odds are stacked for failure there are a few reasons for Cowboy fans to be optimistic.

With the controversial exile of troubled wide out Terrell Owens to Buffalo during the off-season, and the seeming bust of once first round pick Roy Williams, emerges wide receiver Miles Austin.

After a breakout game against the Chiefs in Week Five in which Austin reeled in 10 balls for 250 yards and two touchdowns, Austin replaced Patrick Crayton in the starting lineup.

Including that game, Austin has 42 catches for 842 yards and has reached pay dirt eight times this season.

With the success of the Romo to Austin tandem, most critics, including myself, have been silenced.

Dallas also enters New York this week with a triple threat running game led by power back Marion Barber. Joining him in the backfield with breakaway speed is Felix Jones from Arkansas, and second year man Tashard Choice out of Georgia Tech who has a little bit of everything to offer.

Together, they have combined for 1,518 yards with an average of 5.3 yards a carry and 10 touchdowns, and make up the NFL's sixth ranked rushing attack.

With the Cowboys defense playing as well, if not better than anyone in the league right now Dallas fans can all still be hopeful this wintry season.

Dallas Cowboy faithful that still don our Romo jerseys with pride this month and wave our blue banners high.

Those fans of the Cowboys, such as myself, can only pray that this Christmas we are at 11-3 and not just clinging to a wildcard spot.


God Bless (Dallas) Texas, and Santa please bring Dallas a winning December.