Tony Romo: Unheralded Road Warrior

robert aSenior Analyst IDecember 6, 2008

I might be one of the few people to label Tony Romo as a "road warrior," a title typically reserved for the now beloved New York hero, Eli Manning. However, to argue that Romo is not one of the best, if not the best, road quarterbacks in the league would be hard to do. I invite anyone to counter my claim. Here is why:

Romo has a career record of 14-3 on the road. His three losses are to Washington (twice) and Arizona. A review of all three losses follows:


Loss 1: Dallas 19 @ Washington 22 - Nov. 5, 2006

In Romo’s second career start, with the game tied at 19 late in the fourth quarter, Romo has his team in position to win the game. With six seconds left, a 35-yard game-winning field goal try by Mike Vanderjagt is blocked.

Sean Taylor returns the blocked kick to the Dallas 45 and is subsequently facemasked by Kyle Kosier. With no time left, Nick Novak kicks a 47-yard field goal to win the game in regulation.

Romo’s Stats: 24/36, 284 yard, 2 TDs, 0 INT


Loss 2: Dallas 6 @ Washington 27 – Dec. 30, 2007

In the final game of the season, where Washington was fighting for their playoff lives and the Cowboys had nothing to play for, the Cowboys sat four regular starters, including Terrell Owens and Andre Gurode, to get healed up for the playoffs. Tony Romo only played one series in the second half before letting Brad Johnson take over.

Regardless of who played, Washington won handily.

Romo’s Stats:  7/16, 86 yards, 0 TD, 1 INT


Loss 3: Dallas 24 @ Arizona 30 – October 12, 2008

Down 10 points in the last two minutes of regulation, Romo led his team on two scoring drives to tie the game up at 24, capped by a Nick Folk field goal at the end of the fourth quarter.

The Cowboys won the toss in overtime and elected to receive the ball. Romo hurt his hand on the first play in overtime, and after two more passes fluttered incomplete, the Cowboys were forced to punt.

Sean Morey blocked Mat McBriar’s punt, and Monty Beisel recovered it in the end zone for a touchdown, giving Arizona the overtime win. McBriar had to be carted off the field with a season ending leg injury, and Romo missed the next month with his hand injury.

Romo’s Stats: 24/38, 321 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT.


There you have it: Tony Romo’s three road losses. He has one loss which he should have won but lost on the leg of a kicker with a head case. He has another that was a meaningless game that he did not even finish. And his last loss came after injuring his hand during what very well could have turned into a game-winning drive.

I am not going to try and re-write history. His road record is 14-3. The games he lost, he did in fact lose, and no ifs, ands or buts will change that. However, he has shown me enough to confidently say that I will take his play on the road any day of the week, and twice on Sunday!

The Cowboys will take him on the road to Pittsburgh this Sunday. 15-3 anyone? That is a very real possibility...