Romo a No-no? Well, it Depends.
Originally Aired: Monday, October 3, 2011. This is a part of the 93-Second Sports Shot series. 93-Second Sports Shots air weekday evenings at 6pm.
A very odd and strange situation has come about in Dallas. After Week 4, the Cowboys are third in the NFC East behind the New York Giants and the Washington Redskins. Their successes and their failures all come to depend on quarterback Tony Romo. It seems as though you can make the case that without Romo, the Cowboys could be 4-0. However, an equally strong argument can be made that without Romo, the Cowboys could be 0-4. Averaging both extremes, you get 2-2, which is Dallas’ current record.
Looking at their two losses, you can see how Cowboys fans can say that America’s team could be undefeated. If Romo doesn’t fumble the ball at the 2 or throw that interception to Revis late in the game, the Cowboys would have beaten the Jets. Similarly, if Romo didn’t have his three interceptions in the second half yesterday, Dallas probably would have beaten the Lions. Combine that with their two wins, the Cowboys are atop the NFC East, the only undefeated team besides the Packers left in the entire NFL.
On the reverse side of the ball, could the Cowboys have beaten the 49ers or Redskins without Romo fueling the comebacks? Probably not. Combine that with their two losses, they’re winless and right in the middle of the Andrew Luck Sweepstakes.
Thus the predicament emerges. Tony Romo is holding back the Cowboys from a great season thus far, yet at the same time, he is also carrying them and keeping Dallas from being a bottom-feeder. The Cowboys are 4th in the NFL in passing yards, but are a lowly 26th on rush offense. Thus, without Romo, I believe the Cowboys would be in a worse situation than they are now, considering the lack of a run game. The only thing I can say to Cowboys fans is to hope that the good Romo shows up every game and that the bad Romo doesn’t show; unfortunately, this seems like the only way the Cowboys will make the playoffs this year.