A couple of articles ago, I wrote about Mr. November, Dallas Cowboys quarterback, Tony Romo, morphing into Mr. December. Well, two weeks into December and guess who’s still winning? You guessed it, Mr. November/Mr. December/ Mr. Romo! The second weekend of the month brought tragedy to the Cowboy’s organization, but the team mustered up enough energy and courage to beat the Cincinnati Bengals on the road. While the journey towards the playoffs gets more difficult with every passing moment, the quarterback with nothing to lose, is making his case for a permanent namechange.
Against the Bengals, Romo threw for 268 yards, 25 of 43 completions, one touchdown, and one interception. His rating was a meager 74.6. Not as productive as his performance against the Philadelphia Eagles, but still enough to put them in position to win. Romo was able to drive down field in those final moments and set up Dan “Mr. Auto-freaking-matic” Bailey, Cowboys kicker, for the game winning field goal.
Romo’s December-to-date statistics:
- 47 / 70 completions = 67%
- 571 total passing yards
- 4 touchdowns
- 1 interception
One thing that was noticed, and has been an issue for some time, is the non-urgent nature of these game-winning drives by the Cowboys offense. It could be one of two things or a combination of the two. The first is head coach Jason Garrett’s laid-back persona. He probably wouldn’t get in a hurry if he was on fire. As he stands on the sidelines, hiding behind his laminated playbook, he’s never agitated, always the cool customer. He calls a play, whispering into his headset, never ever excited. The second is Romo’s seemingly similar style. He has been known to show more emotion than his coach, but he’s still somewhat of a slow-paced mover as well. With the clock ticking off precious moments, Romo barks out his orders and calmly stands in the pocket. The offense doesn’t always move as fast as some fans would prefer, but they are finding ways to squeak out a win.
It will not be easy getting into the playoffs, but it’s not impossible. Romo has the skills and the desire to succeed; the question is can the rest of his team help him out? Three games to go. Mr. December lives on.