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Public Perception of Romo Has Done 180-Degree Turn

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    NEWSLETTERS

    People seem still to overlook that blocked punt in the Dallas Cowboys' season-opening loss on 9/11, in New York. That doesn't happen, and the Cowboys win that game.

    But regardless, Tony Romo is the quarterback, and in the spotlight, so he'll take blame for that loss with two awful mistakes in the fourth quarter.

    Last week, of course, he broke his rib and punctured a lung only to come back and lead a fourth-quarter comeback to beat the San Francisco 49ers in overtime on the road.

    But perhaps his most impressive night came on Monday in the Cowboys' 18-16 win over the previously unbeaten Washington Redskins in the Cowboys' home opener at JerryWorld.

    Romo's numbers were not impressive: 255 passing yards, no touchdowns, one interception.

    But if you watched the game and consider the obstacles Romo was dealing with, they're plenty acceptable.

    A center that was the best prankster in town on Monday night with countless early snaps, receivers who didn't know where they were supposed to line up, receivers who didn't know which routes to run, the list goes on. Romo, all hopped up on pain medicine and wearing a bulletproof vest that would make the Pope jealous, was up against it on Monday.

    Yet, he kept driving his team down the field and had to deal with Jason Garrett's suspect play calling with numerous runs up the middle to Tashard Choice with the Cowboys in the red zone.

    So yeah, Romo wasn't great on Monday and Rob Ryan's defense won the game, but Romo did all he could, namely that huge 3rd-and-21 strike to Dez Bryant with the game on the line, with what he was given and the Cowboys are now in a tie for first place in the NFC East and God's Dream Team is in last place, so we can all rejoice to that development.