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QB Tony Romo - Dallas Cowboys

6-2, 219Born: 4-21-1980College: Eastern IllinoisDrafted: ---

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He is listed as probable on this week's official injury report.

News you need to know

General News (Fri Sep 19): practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

General News (Thu Sep 18): practiced fully on Thursday.

General News (Wed Sep 17): did not practice on Wednesday. Romo is dealing with tightness in his back, according to head coach Jason Garrett. Garrett said the team hopes Romo will be able to practice Thursday, Sept. 18.

Week 3: at St. Louis Rams

Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Tony Romo watched DeMarco Murray rack up 29/167/1 rushing last week, and with 43/220/1 rushing as a team (and 41:11 time of possession by the Cowboys), Romo only needed to throw the football 29 times (19/29 for 176 yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions thrown, with four sacks taken for -28 yards). Dez Bryant was his main target last week, with 14 for 10/103/1 receiving flowing that way - Jason Witten was second on the team in receiving with seven targets for 4/32/0 receiving to his credit. After two games, Romo has compiled 42/66 for 457 yards passing, two TDs and three interceptions thrown to land at 28th among all fantasy quarterbacks through two games played. The Rams held Josh McCown to 16/21 for 175 yards passing, zero TDs and one interception in this phase of the game last week (though he did have 2/6/2 rushing). Matt Cassel threw 17/25 for 160 yards passing, two TDs and zero interceptions while being sacked once for -10 yards two weeks ago. St. Louis ranks fifth in the NFL averaging 172.5 net passing yards allowed per game, with one interception and one sack to balance the two TDs given up so far. The bottom line here is that teams are gashing the St. Louis for an average of 171 rushing yards per game, so they don't need to pass much vs. the Rams. Romo had a quiet game while DeMarco Murray piled up the fantasy points last week - against the Rams' suspect defensive front, there is no reason to expect Romo to have to throw the ball much again this week. On balance, this looks like a neutral matchup for Romo.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 vs SF 23 37 281 1 3 0 0 0 0
2 at TEN 19 29 176 1 0 0 0 0 0
3 at STL PROJ-Dodds 23 35 * * * 2 * * *
3 at STL PROJ-Tremblay 24 39 * * * 1 * * *
3 at STL PROJ-Bloom 21 30 * * * 1 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 1 vs SF (23 / 37 / 281 / 1 / 3 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Tony Romo's timing and accuracy were off all game against the 49ers. The rust was apparent as the first half drives for Dallas included four turnovers (three interceptions) and stalling in the red zone for a non-descript field goal. The Dallas defense was gashed, as expected, and Romo and the passing game could not keep up. With a huge deficit 10 minutes into the game (down 21-3), the San Francisco pass rush began to pressure Romo consistently and coverage down the field was tight. Romo flat out missed an open Dwayne Harris on a red zone slant route, and then proceeded to float a pass up for grabs in the direction of Jason Witten, which was intercepted. Boos rained down from the Dallas crowd as Romo missed a wide open Devin Street on a deep post route late in the third quarter with the game nearly out of reach. A hail mary-like long gain to Dwayne Harris to convert third-and-long was one of the few highlight plays for the Dallas offense in the second half. Overall, the passing game was clearly out of sync and Dez Bryant being in and out of the lineup in the second half with dehydration did not help matters.

2014 Week 2 vs TEN (19 / 29 / 176 / 1 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

In a game that the Cowboys defense and DeMarco Murray dominated, not much was required of Tony Romo. The passing game was in ball-control as Dallas led the entire contest. The Titans defensive line was effective rushing Romo in the pocket, however, as two early sacks halted drives. In the third, a few throw got away from Romo and could have tilted things back to a competitive game, but Tennessee failed to corral a floated target in the flat to Jason Witten. Romo did not fumble amidst the pocket pressure or consistent sacks. Dez Bryant missed part of the game with a shoulder injury, but returns to see a bevy of targets from Romo in the second half, including the two connecting on a goal line back-shoulder throw. The Cowboys ran the ball on nearly 60% of their snaps this week, milking a late lead and running effectively throughout.


Latest News

Cowboys | Tony Romo likely will play (Fri Sep 19, 04:29 PM) - Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo (back) fully participated in practice Friday, Sept. 19, and is listed as probable for Week 3.

Our View: There were whispers and worries about Romo earlier this week, but he looks good to go for the game at St. Louis. He's not a good start until he looks like the Romo of years past, and not the weak passer of Weeks 1 and 2.
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Cowboys | Tony Romo a full participant (Thu Sep 18, 06:19 PM) - Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo (back) returned to a full practice Thursday, Sept. 18, after skipping practice Wednesday, Sept. 17, with tightness in his back.

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Cowboys | Tony Romo practicing (Thu Sep 18, 12:30 PM) - Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo (back) is participating in practice Thursday, Sept. 18.

Our View: Romo has had a rougher season than we expected. The first week was an interception-filled mess and his second week was just uninspiring. The defense is as awful as we thought it would be, but the Cowboys aren't flinging the ball around to make up for that deficiency. The Rams are a solid defense but can be challenged on the ground. Since Demarco Murray has been playing lights out and is currently leading the league in rushing yards. We suspect he'll get a ton of carries, which also hurts Romo's upside.
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Cowboys | Tony Romo dealing with tightness (Wed Sep 17, 02:29 PM) - Updating a previous report, Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo (back) is dealing with tightness in his back, according to head coach Jason Garrett. Garrett said the team hopes Romo will be able to practice Thursday, Sept. 18.

Our View: This could be a regular occurrence for Romo this year. Back injuries are tough to come back from, so the Cowboys should limit Romo in practice as he continues to deal with this.
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Cowboys | Tony Romo not on field (Wed Sep 17, 01:50 PM) - Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo (back) is not participating in practice Wednesday, Sept. 17.

Our View: Romo's back is a minor problem, so he's not going to get every rep possible. There will be days and practice sessions that he misses each week going forward.
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