Why the Tony Romo Coaster Is Guaranteed to Continue Thrilling Well into January

Adam OdekirkContributor IIDecember 4, 2011

ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 24:   Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys reacts against the Miami Dolphins during the Thanksgiving Day game at Cowboys Stadium on November 24, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. The Dallas Cowboysbeat the Miami Dolphins 20-19.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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People enjoy roller coasters because they like the feeling that impending doom might be right around every corner. In the end, they find comfort in knowing they were safe all along and eventually wound up at the finish line just like they wanted to.

Having Tony Romo at quarterback for the Cowboys has been a lot like that, but the Cowboys have yet to arrive safely at the Super Bowl like they hoped. The thrill is always there though, and it will be again this year.

The Cowboys are clicking at the right time and their closest competition needs to play them twice, and likely win both to knock the Cowboys off their perch in the NFC East. The New York Giants are still a legitimate threat but they may have made things too hard on themselves by giving up a much needed victory over the Eagles.

For that reason it seems like the Cowboys are going to win the NFC East and be playing in January, which leaves the door wide open for the "Tony Romo-Coaster" to extend its ride into the playoffs.

Another favorable situation that the Cowboys benefit from is that they may face an NFC Wild Card team that is backing into the playoffs, instead of surging in like the Cowboys will. 

The Chicago Bears can still be a scary team without Jay Cutler, but they are hanging on for dear life trying to hold their position in the playoffs.

Elsewhere in the NFC North, the Detroit Lions are slowing down and showing their age as they go through the growing pains of trying to put an entire NFL season together and live up to their lofty expectations.

These could potentially be great match-ups for a confident Cowboys team in the postseason; and when Romo is playing with confidence, he can show the skills that give rise to the argument that he is an elite NFL QB.

However, Cowboys fans know all to well that the thrill of victory under Romo could have tragic disaster around the next turn.