The Dallas Cowboys lost a heartbreaker to the Denver Broncos in a shootout 51-48 on Sunday despite an epic performance from Tony Romo at AT&T Stadium in Dallas.
That wasn’t a misprint, nor a mistake, Romo had an epic game for the Cowboys who had no business being in that game with the Denver Broncos on Sunday and actually outplayed Peyton Manning and had the Cowboys on the verge of an upset.
So while Twitter and the internet exploded with the familiar refrain of “Romo Blew It Again” and “Typical Romo Performance” stop for a moment and think about what transpired.
Yes, Romo threw a pick in the final two minutes of the game on a good play by Danny Trevathan. And with QB pressure in his face, Romo couldn’t step into the throw and in hindsight, should have never have thrown the ball……
But the funny thing was just minutes earlier, none of that was heard when Manning badly underthrew one of his receivers resulting in a pick that set the Cowboys up for a score.
Romo did something no Cowboy quarterback has ever done; he threw for 506 yards and 5 touchdowns and put up 48 points on the day. Only five quarterbacks have ever thrown for 500 yards in NFL history and on a day when the Dallas defense couldn’t stop Manning and the Broncos, it was going to take a phenomenal effort on the part of Romo to take this game….He delivered, sadly the coaching staff did not.
Romo’s final numbers on the day were, 25-36 for 506 yards, 5 touchdowns and 1 interception. Romo finished just 48 yards short of Norm Van Brocklin’s NFL record for passing yards in one game.
Completely abandoning the running game in the second half again, especially in the fourth quarter, (something the Broncos did not) they put Romo in the shotgun with an empty backfield and invited the Broncos defensive line to tee off and bring pressure.
The coaches rolled the dice one too many times and it cost them with the throw that got picked off. The Cowboys defense was sieve-like for much of the game; giving no help to Romo and the offense….Denver came in averaging 44 points a game and put up seven more than their average.
Romo got no help from his coaches with the play-calling, the defense, the running game and entered with one of his favorite wide receivers (Miles Austin) out with an injury. And he put 48 points on the board while passing for over 500 yards and yet the fingers are being pointed in his direction once again.
This is a flawed team in Dallas, they’re far from perfect but among their issues, quarterback isn’t one of them. They need to build a better defense and call a balanced game on offense. Calling 14 running plays isn’t going to give you that kind of balance you need to beat the good teams.
Once again Romo was left out to dry and somehow he gets the blame after throwing for 500 yards while shredding the Broncos’ defense. And yet, the Cowboys are still on top of the woeful NFC East, albeit with a 2-3 record.
Next week the Cowboys have a chance to even their record with a game at home against the Washington Redskins. That one as well should provide some fireworks as both teams badly need a win.
Follow me on Twitter @SteveB7SFG
You can listen to me on Patriots Central Radio and we hope to soon have a Cowboys Central podcast as well. Stay tuned to Pro Football Central for news on everything that is the NFL.