The Denver Broncos won an exciting, but ugly, game tonight against the Dallas Cowboys. After losinganother important game in clutch time, support for Tony Romo is at an all-time low.
After going 8 for 10 and throwing for 98 yards, Romo suddenly forgot how to throw the ball with accuracy.
He didn’t look good at all and his interception to Champ Bailey was a key turnover because the Cowboys were in field goal range.
The Cowboys are now 2-2, tied with the flipping Redskins for third place.
The Cowboys started the game with a powerful running game, but they could not sustain it late.
The Cowboys had a great chance late in the game when Sam Hurd broke away for a 58 yard catch and run. Only if he could have scored. After that, the Cowboys went to Romo, who was inaccurate in the red zone.
Denver won the game 17-10, a low scoring and exciting matchup. Both teams played very good defense. Champ Bailey had a decent game, and so did Mike Jenkins, who made a nice diving pass defend early.
What is shocking is how Offensive Coordinator and Assistant Coach Jason Garrett continues to force Romo into being a pocket passer, something he just cannot do very well. If the Cowboys coaching staff just used Romo in Brett Favre-type way, they might see some success.
Right now, the Cowboys seem to be beating themselves.
Romo was 24 for 41 for 255 yards and one interception.
Kyle Orton outplayed him, going 20 for 29 for 243 yards and two touchdowns, including one late to Brandon Marshall who escaped several tackles for the score.
Marion Barber and Tashard Choice were both held to under 50 yards for the first time this season. The duo showed flashes of running over the Broncos defense, but during halftime the Broncos shut the Cowboys offense down.
That put the game in Romo’s hands and feet, and although he did make some very good plays, his inaccuracy is what was the thorn today.
Romo was sacked four times and under pressure during most of the game, but when he did have time to throw, it was as if he had too much time. He would scope every receiver before tossing the ball away. Several times there were broken plays, and it was obvious the playbook is not completely memorized yet.
The loss is huge for the Cowboys, who were trying to make a statement today with a win. This puts pressure on coach Wade Phillips and his staff, who cannot seem to get over that hump of meritocracy.
The Cowboys next face the Kansas City Chiefs in Kansas City. The Chiefs are 0-4, but no one wants to play a team that hasn’t won yet. This becomes a must-win game if the Cowboys want to rebound and have some level of confidence before their bye week and then a game against Atlanta.