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Last week, Tony Romo threw 2 interceptions in Dallas’ 17-3 win over the Philadelphia Eagles. The Dallas Cowboys are 4-6 when Romo throws 2 interceptions in a game.

Last week, Tony Romo threw 2 interceptions. In games coming off of throwing 2 interceptions, Tony Romo averages 24/35, 262 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception. His passer rating in coming off of 2-pick games is 94.3. The Cowboys record is 9-9.

Starting Week 8, Tony Romo has already thrown 15 touchdowns on the year. Here is how long it has taken Romo to throw 15 touchdowns in seasons that he played all 16 games:

2007: Week 7
2009: Week 11
2011: Week 11
2012: Week 13

Similarly, starting Week 8, Tony Romo has already thrown 5 interceptions on the year. Here is how long it has taken Romo to throw 5 interceptions in seasons that he played all 16 games:

2007: Week 5
2009: Week 10
2011: Week 12
2012: Week 6

Oct 13, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) catches a ball prior to the game against the Washington Redskins at AT

Tony Romo is 7th in the NFL with 265 attempts.

Tony Romo is 3rd in the NFL with 181 completions.

Among quarterbacks who have started most of 2013, Tony Romo is 5th in the league in completion percentage at 68.3.

Tony Romo is 14th in the league with 38 attempts per game. The Dallas Cowboys are 12-19 when Romo throws 38 or more times in a game.

Tony Romo throws for 287.1 yards on average. The Detroit Lions passing defense gives up 282 yards per game on average, which is fifth-worst in the NFL.

On 10/2/11, with a 27-3 lead, Tony Romo threw 3 interceptions to help Dallas ultimately lose 30-34. The only player from that pick-fest no longer with Detroit is linebacker Bobby Carpenter. Cornerback Chris Houston and linebacker Stephen Tulloch still play in Detroit.

Stephen Tulloch has had two fourth quarter interceptions against Tony Romo. The first was when Tulloch was with the 2010 Tennessee Titans, and his interception helped seal a 34-27 victory. The second was with the 2011 Detroit Lions when his interception helped give the Lions offense good field position to go up 34-30, the game’s final score.

When immediately facing teams Romo has thrown 3 or more interceptions, Tony Romo is 6-1.

In back-to-back road games, Tony Romo is 7-2 in the second game.

In sweeping back-to-back road games, with the first game in hand, Tony Romo is 3/4.


Matthew Stafford leads the NFL with 290 attempts.

Matthew Stafford is 4th in the NFL with 178 completions.

Among quarterbacks who have started most of 2013, Matthew Stafford is 12th in the NFL in completion percentage with 61.4.

Matthew Stafford is 3rd in the league with attempts per game at 41. The Detroit Lions are 11-20 when Stafford throws 40 or more times in a game.

Matthew Stafford throws 304.1 yards per game on average. The Dallas Cowboys defense surrenders 291.9 yards per game on average, which is third-worst in the league.

In 2011, Matthew Stafford threw for 41 touchdowns. In 2012, he threw for only 20, a drop of 21 touchdowns. Among quarterbacks who have thrown 40 touchdowns or more in a season and then started most of the next year, only Peyton Manning matches the 21 lost TD mark (2004-05).

Since 1960, there have been a total of 21 quarterbacks taken first overall as Matt Stafford was in the 2009 draft. Only 6 took their original teams to play in either the Super Bowl or NFL Championship game: Terry Bradshaw, John Elway, Troy Aikman, Drew Bledsoe, Peyton Manning, and Eli Manning.

Since 1960, the Detroit Lions have taken seven quarterbacks in the first round: John Hadl (1962), Pete Beathard (1964), Greg Landry (1968), Chuck Long (1986), Andre Ware (1990), Joey Harrington (2002), and Matt Stafford (2009). In the same span, the Dallas Cowboys have only taken two: Craig Morton (1964) and Troy Aikman (1989).

It’s worth mentioning that the three first round quarterbacks the Lions took prior to 1960 were Otto Graham (1944), Y.A. Tittle (1948), and John Rauch (1949).

The last time Matthew Stafford lost back-to-back home games was Week 16-17 of 2012.

Matthew Stafford is the third straight Texas High School quarterback the Dallas Cowboys will face. This has not happened since Weeks 12-14 of 2012. The Cowboys went 2-1 in that stretch.

Going back to the year 2006, Texas High School quarterbacks are 7-8 against the Dallas Cowboys.

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