QB Tony Romo - Dallas Cowboys
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He is listed as probable on this week's official injury report.
News you need to know
From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 15): It must have been the short week leading up to Thanksgiving, because Romo was nearly flawless this time around against the Eagles. He is playing as well as any QB in the league right now and Romo is a clear QB1 at home against the Colts in Week 16.
General News (Fri Dec 19): practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this week.
General News (Thu Dec 18): practiced fully on Thursday.
General News (Wed Dec 17): did not practice on Wednesday.
Week 16: vs Indianapolis Colts
Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Tony Romo has relied on four main receivers over the past two weeks, with 15 targets for 12/196/3 going to Dez Bryant; 12 for 9/95/0 flowing to Jason Witten; 11 for 10/52/0 landing in DeMarco Murray's hands; and seven for 7/84/2 going to Cole Beasley. During that time frame, Romo's thrown 43/57 for 470 yards passing, six TDs and zero interceptions - the Cowboys' passing attack is hot right now. They may need to lean on Romo and his arm this week, too, as Murray had finger surgery on Monday and it is uncertain if he'll be able to go in this contest. The Colts' pass D limited Houston to 13/25 for 152 yards passing, zero TDs and one interception after the Texans lost Ryan Fitzpatrick to a broken leg and turned to third-stringer Tom Savage. Two weeks ago, Brian Hoyer also struggled against this secondary, with 13/30 for 133 net yards passing, zero TDs and two interceptions - of late, Indianapolis' pass D is shutting down opponents. They are ranked 19th in the NFL this season, averaging 240.6 net passing yards allowed per game, with 21 passing scores handed out vs. 12 interceptions and 36 sacks generated (15th- and 10th-ranked in the NFL, respectively). Lately the Colts are playing much better football than their season numbers indicate, though. Dallas faces an improving pass D in this one - on balance, this looks like a neutral matchup for the Cowboys.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2014 Week 13 vs PHI (18 / 29 / 199 / 0 / 2 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Unlike Dallas' typical game-script this season, they fell behind early against Philadelphia on Thanksgiving and played catch-up the entire game. A 14-0 deficit by late in the first quarter turned Romo and the passing game into the focus, not DeMarco Murray and the running attack. Romo hit Dez Bryant on a deep sideline route to set the team up for an early score, closing the gap to 14-7, but a myriad of errors in the second quarter began the team's demise. Romo missed a wide open Jason Witten on third down in addition to confusion on a goal line third down play, leading to a sack and a field goal. Once down 30-10 in the mid-third quarter, the Eagles front seven caused chaos in the pocket for Romo. Off-target throws and sacks were a regular occurrence in the second half. Romo misfired on a deep comeback route to Terrance Williams that was promptly intercepted as well as airmailing Cole Beasley and Williams on sideline routes later in the game. On two garbage time drives, Romo had a three-and-out (with a questionable decision to punt) and an interception on a floating deep pass. It was a lost day for the typically-efficient Dallas offense, starting with Romo under the center.
2014 Week 14 vs CHI (21 / 26 / 205 / 3 / 0 pass, 2 / -2 / 0 rush)
After the Thanksgiving blowout loss to the Eagles, the Cowboys needed a rebound game and found it in Chicago. The projected shootout was scoreless until a Dallas touchdown drive in the middle of the second quarter. The offensive line of the Cowboys dominated the game and, as a result, Romo's role was as game manager outside of a situational throw or two. Romo dumped the ball off to DeMarco Murray eight times in the first half alone. In the closing minutes of the second quarter, Romo's play-making came alive with a clutch throw to Jason Witten over the middle to convert third-and-long, then again on third down in the red zone. After finding Cole Beasley for cap off the drive for a touchdown, Dallas had a 14-7 halftime lead. In the second half, Dallas built a four-score lead on the back of Murray and the run game, but also big plays from Romo. In vintage Romo style, he eluded the initial pass rusher, rolled out and found Cole Beasley in traffic for a long touchdown. Later in the second half, Romo was well-protected on a 44-yard heave to Dez Bryant and converting third-and-goal to a wide open Gavin Escobar to open a 28-7 lead. The rout was on at that point. Romo made throws when needed against the overmatched Bears defense as Dallas comfortably won on the road.
2014 Week 15 vs PHI (22 / 31 / 265 / 3 / 0 pass, 4 / -1 / 0 rush)
Romo was sharp in Philadelphia, rebounding from his worst outing of the season two weeks against the Eagles in Dallas. Outside of the holiday dud, Romo has been red-hot of late with at least three touchdowns with no interceptions in four of his last five games. The offensive line was generally outstanding as Romo worked from a clean pocket. He was dialed into Jason Witten early in the game with three straight third down conversions to his steady tight end. Romo and Dez Bryant were the big-play makers this week. Bryant dominated single coverage and Romo was on-point with three touchdown passes to Bryant alone. While the box score looks outstanding for Romo and Dallas pulled away in the fourth quarter for the win, the game was not without mistakes from the Dallas quarterback. The first half could have gone far differently if Philadelphia had caught an interception, likely returned for a touchdown. Romo floated a late pass towards Dwayne Harris on an out route, which the defensive back read well, but dropped the potential game-changing play. In the second half, Romo underthrew Terrance Williams on a deep post, where Williams had yards of separation with a well-thrown ball. Romo also turned the ball over deep in Dallas territory with a fumble. Against a three-man rush, Romo took his time in the pocket, which ultimately ran out as he was hit and stripped from behind. The ball sat on the ground for a second or two, without a Dallas player recognizing it, before the Eagles recovered. Late in the game, Romo airmailed a pass to a wide open Dez Bryant on a slant route.
Latest NewsCowboys | Tony Romo taken out of blowout (Sun Dec 21, 06:46 PM) - Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo was removed early in the Week 16 game against the Indianapolis Colts with his team up 35-0 early in the fourth quarter. He finished 18 of 20 for 218 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions. Our View: Romo was nearly flawless and came through for his fantasy owners in a way few QB1s did (so far) in Week 16. He'll have a chance to exorcise some of his playoff demons.
Cowboys | Tony Romo expected to play (Fri Dec 19, 03:51 PM) - Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo (back) fully participated in practice Friday, Dec. 19, and is listed as probable for Week 16. link to story Cowboys | Tony Romo returns to full practice (Thu Dec 18, 04:42 PM) - Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo (back) returned to a full practice Thursday, Dec. 18, after sitting out Wednesday, Dec. 17. link to story Cowboys | Tony Romo will not practice (Wed Dec 17, 11:47 AM) - Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo (back) will not practice Wednesday, Dec. 17. Our View: It's Wednesday right? Romo's just getting some rest here....like he does most every Wednesday.
link to story Cowboys | Tony Romo expected to play (Fri Dec 12, 04:41 PM) - Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo (back) fully participated in practice Friday, Dec. 12, and is listed as probable for Week 15. link to story More News
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