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QB Tony Romo - Dallas Cowboys

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

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 20): Romo is getting his secondary receivers involved, and of course he is feeding Dez Bryant when the game is on the line. He is back to being the low QB1 we were expecting when we drafted him. Full speed ahead for the matchup at home on Monday night against Washington.

Week 8: vs Washington Redskins

Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Tony Romo is handing off to DeMarco Murray a lot these days, but the opportunities that the Cowboys' strong rushing attack is opening up in the play-action passing aspect of the game is helping to support Romo's numbers despite the heavy dose of rushing the football. To date, Romo is ranked 10th among fantasy quarterbacks, with 148/214 for 1,789 yards passing, 14 TDs and six interceptions, with 13/38/0 rushing. His favorite target, Dez Bryant, is the sixth-best fantasy wide receiver this season, with 45/590/4 receiving through seven games, and Terrance Williams is scoring about once every three passes that he catches, with 19/338/6 so far this year (25th-ranked fantasy wide receiver). Only Jason Witten (23/266/1) has slowed down this season - currently he is the 18th-ranked fantasy tight end in the land. Excepting Witten, the Dallas offense is making many fantasy owners very happy this year. The Washington pass D is ranked eighth in the NFL in terms of passing yards allowed per game (218.6), but they are tied for next-to-last in the NFL with 15 passing TDs given up vs. a mere three interceptions (tied-24th in the NFL) and 16 sacks (tied-14th) generated to date. The secondary is not doing well this year despite a decent pass rush - Dallas is 12th in the NFL with 12 sacks given up to date. Last week, Charlie Whitehurst was sacked once for zero yards lost on his way to 17/26 for 160 yards passing, two TDs and one interception at Washington; two weeks back Carson Palmer was sacked once for -7 yards on the way to 28/44 for 243 yards passing, two TDs and zero interceptions. Romo should throw two or three TDs in this game if history is a guide, with a reasonable but not extravagant amount of passing yards. Advantage, Dallas.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumL
4 vs NO 22 29 262 3 0 6 20 0 0
5 vs HOU 28 41 324 2 1 0 0 0 0
6 at SEA 21 32 250 2 0 2 -1 0 1
7 vs NYG 17 23 279 3 1 2 5 0 0
8 vs WAS PROJ-Dodds 22 32 * * * 2 * * *
8 vs WAS PROJ-Tremblay 20 31 * * * 2 * * *
8 vs WAS PROJ-Bloom 20 29 * * * 1 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 5 vs HOU (28 / 41 / 324 / 2 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Romo was bold downfield and efficient when needed in the victory against Houston. DeMarco Murray remained the focus of the offense, but more was needed from Romo and the passing game to pull out the overtime win. Romo, in general, managed pressure well against J.J. Watt and company. Romo's patented spin move away from a backside rusher worked to perfection in the third quarter. J.J. Watt got the edge off the snap and had Romo lined up for a drive-killing sack. Romo spun away and ultimately found Terrance Williams downfield for the long touchdown to take a 10-7 lead. Romo was on-point to Jason Witten down the seam and Dez Bryant on a back-shoulder touchdown with other critical throws. Romo's lone lapse of judgment came against interior pressure in the red zone. Romo floated a pass in the direction of Dez Bryant running a post route without seeing a roaming safety staring Romo down all the way. Dallas ended up driving the field on the following drive for the same 17-7 lead, but it was a critical error at the time. Jason Witten has been more in the mix the last two weeks and Romo's back and mobility improves by the game. With a run foundation and an underrated defense, Romo's good decision-making has been paramount to the team's strong start.

2014 Week 6 vs SEA (21 / 32 / 250 / 2 / 0 pass, 2 / -1 / 0 rush)

Romo played yet another rock-solid game, this time beating the Super Bowl champions in Seattle. On third downs and against pressure looks, Romo was outstanding having an answer on nearly every occasion. In the first half, Romo's check down options beat Seattle on third-and-long situations. In the second half, however, Romo pushed the ball down the field in a close game in key moments. In the second quarter, down 10-0 after an early punt block, Romo and the offense controlled the ball for all but five plays, flipping the momentum with a 17-10 lead at the break. Romo avoided disaster on a goal line back-shoulder throw that nearly resulted in an interception return for a touchdown. On the very next play, Romo found Gavin Escobar alone in the back of the end zone to get on the board. Huge throws to Terrance Williams down the sideline and then again on third-and-20 with five minutes to play, highlighted a comeback effort to take Dallas' final lead of the game. Romo is playing some of the best football of his career over the past month, culminating with a hallmark win on the road in the toughest environment in the NFL.

2014 Week 7 vs NYG (17 / 23 / 279 / 3 / 1 pass, 2 / 5 / 0 rush)

Romo was on his game in the divisional showdown against the Giants. His movement in the pocket, creating time and plays down the field continues to improve with each passing week. Early in the game it was Romo and long-time safety blanket Jason Witten converting long-yardage third down situations. Romo's mobility created a third down scramble conversion, taking a double-sided hit in the process. On the team's first touchdown drive of the game, Romo found a matchup he liked, Gavin Escobar in the slot, for two receptions including a third-and-long touchdown in the red zone. Romo's ability to beat the Giants pass rush when there was rare pressure was paramount to the offense's efficiency throughout the game. Even Romo's interception was a random oscillation rather than a poor decision. Dez Bryant had single coverage deep down the sideline, only to stumble, giving the defensive back free access to secure the interception. In a tie game in the second half, Romo was at his best. He read pressure or three-man rush situations to dictate his time in the pocket and carving up the Giants defense on a touchdown drive. Again, it was Gavin Escobar as a matchup advantage from the slot as Romo smoothly ran a play-action fake. Late in the game, Romo was spot on to Dez Bryant in key situations to convert first downs, run the clock, and ultimately finish out the victory. Since Week 1, Tony Romo has 13 touchdowns to three interceptions with at least a 65% completion rate in every game. He got off to a similar hot start in 2013 (>69% completion rate in first five games with 13 touchdowns to two interceptions).

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Latest News

Cowboys | Tony Romo participates in walk-through (Thu Oct 23, 01:21 PM) - Updating a previous report, Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo (back) participated in the team's walk-through Thursday, Oct. 23. Romo did not participate in the team's full practice.

Our View: This is a good sign because the team clearly expects him to play since he's involved in the walk-through. We still see him as a QB1 in Week 8 against Washington.
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Cowboys | Tony Romo to miss practice (Thu Oct 23, 11:42 AM) - Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo (ankle, back) will not participate in practice Thursday, Oct. 23.

Our View: We're not seriously worried though it's worth keeping an eye on. The Cowboys are likely just giving their quarterback a little rest and Romo should play against Washington on Monday night. We expect top 10 fantasy quarterback numbers against a shaky Washington defense.
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Cowboys | Tony Romo shines again (Sun Oct 19, 11:17 PM) - Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo was 17-for-23 for 279 yards and three touchdowns in the Week 7 win over the New York Giants, and two touchdowns went to TE Gavin Escobar. 'I'd have to say that may be (the) best game I've ever seen Tony Romo play,' owner and general manager Jerry Jones said. 'That was an outstanding game. He was pinpointing the ball, making the kind of plays and protecting the ball.' Romo said his surgically repaired back felt fine during the game, and he needed a toradol shot before the game to help with his bruised ribs and sprained ankle.

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Cowboys | Tony Romo listed as probable (Fri Oct 17, 03:15 PM) - Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo (ankle, back) fully participated in practice Friday, Oct. 17, and is listed as probable for Week 7.

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Cowboys | Tony Romo having fine season (Fri Oct 17, 01:15 PM) - Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo has been incredibly effective this season, ranking fourth in passer rating (100.5). He has completed 68.6 percent of his passes for 1,510 yards and 11 touchdowns with just five interceptions. Romo has been more productive while sitting out of practices on Wednesdays to focus on core-strengthening exercises. He has completed 70.2 percent of his passes for 1,053 yards, nine touchdowns and two interceptions in the last four games. The last two games, Romo has shown an ability to escape the pocket and make plays deep down the field.

Our View: Romo is back to being a low QB1 against the Giants at home this weekend.
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Schedule

8vs Washington Redskins
9vs Arizona Cardinals
10@ Jacksonville Jaguars
11--- BYE WEEK ---
12@ New York Giants
13vs Philadelphia Eagles
14@ Chicago Bears
15@ Philadelphia Eagles
16vs Indianapolis Colts
17@ Washington Redskins