Quarterback Tony Romo celebrates a touchdown by Felix Jones against the Philadelphia Eagles at Cowboys Stadium on January 3, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. Cowboys win 24-0.
Since 2007, the first full season for the former undrafted free agent to be the Cowboys starter, Romo has gone 9-2 in September starts, with both losses being by a mere two points.
On Thursday night, when Minnesota's Brett Favre lost to the Saints, he fell to 9-3 as a starter over that same time, which means a win Sunday night in Redskin territory would make Romo the winningest quarterback in September since 2007. Sound like one of those made up records? Well, it might kind of be, but it's still significant. Historical trends say slow-starting teams rarely end well, and that would especially seem to fit in with this year's Cowboys squad.
It would seem 2010 will make Romo 12-2 in September starts (he's never lost a season opener) when you look at the Cowboys early schedule: at Washington, home against Chicago and at Houston. The only game I could see them losing would be at Houston, and actually that game is probably a toss-up.
A fast start in 2010 might be more important than ever when you look at the latter part of the team's schedule. Four of the final six games are against beastly opponents, including the Saints, the Colts and two games against the Eagles in the final month of the season.
And last season, Romo finally proved he wasn't just a September quarterback when the Cowboys kicked their December woes and actually won a playoff game.
You've got to start somewhere, right?