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Tony Romo, once again, made a terrible mistake late in a game. It’s a story we’ve all seen unfold before, in Washington last year, and in New York and Philadelphia before that. This time, it came during Tony Romo’s single best performance of his career, and it’s infuriating. However, Romo should not be #1 on blame lists on Monday. Because Sunday was anything but Classic Romo.
Romo threw for a career high 506 yards and 5 touchdowns. He had three receivers with over 120 yards receiving. He also connected with Terrance Williams on a two point conversion in the fourth quarter. This game is not on Tony Romo. Not 100%, anyway.
No, instead, we need to start pointing some fingers at a defense that has forced one punt in the last six quarters and has allowed passes to be completed at an 80% clip in the last two games. Instead, we need to look at a defense that has allowed 81 points in the last two contests. We need to look at a defense that hasn’t recorded a sack in the last 6 quarters. We need to look at a defense that allowed Peyton Manning to roll out and scramble for a touchdown, his first rushing touchdown since 2008. I’m pretty sure he prancercised into the endzone, too.
Sure, the quarterbacks were Phillip Rivers and Peyton Manning. Peyton is having one of the best, if not the best, seasons by a quarterback ever. Phillip Rivers is seeming to make a bit of a comeback after two pretty terrible years. However, this Cowboys secondary is giving up yards and points by the gallon. Here are some fun facts.
The Cowboys defense gave up 517 yards of total offense on Sunday, along with 34 first downs. The Broncos converted on 3rd down 9 of 13 times. The Cowboys did not force a punt in the game.
Against the Chargers, Dallas allowed 506 yards of total offense, along with 27 first downs.
For those who are counting, that’s over 1,000 yards of offense given up in the last two games. Unacceptable.
Figure it out Monte Kiffin.
Now, is Romo completely blameless? Of course not. He threw a pick in the last two minutes, that’s unacceptable in a game like that. But if the defense forces a punt or two, does that pick matter? Does that pick even happen?
If Dallas could have gotten one stop, and they have the lead with the ball in the last two minutes, do they still throw, or let DeMarco Murray try to run the clock out?
It’s a frustrating conversation to have after a game like this, because it was such a display of brilliance and idiocracy all bundled up into a nice little package. don’t blame this loss all on Tony Romo. The defense needs to be held responsible too.
More importantly, the defense needs to figure it out before next Sunday night or the Cowboys will watch the Redskins run right past them.
Figure it out Monte Kiffin.