DENVER - OCTOBER 04: Quarterback Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys drops back to pass against the Denver Broncos during NFL action at Invesco Field at Mile High on October 4, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Cowboys 17-10. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
For what it's worth at this point, with Dallas down seven on the road to an 0-4 team, Tony Romo is actually looking good, posting a first half that on paper and in action represent a significant improvement over his failing effort in Denver last week.
Romo started a perfect eight for eight on passing attempts, and finished the half 12 of 19 for 156 yards. The trouble is that Romo's TD pass-drought has continued; not that it's really his fault.
On a drive that ended in a field goal by Nick Folk, Miles Austin couldn't hold onto a beautifully thrown fade by Romo, as he was stripped by the Kansas City defender while trying to bring down the catch. Romo hit Sam Hurd in the end zone on the next play, but the pass went through the receivers' hands.
Austin, filling in for the injured and coachable Roy Williams, has caught four passes for 71 yards.
The seven point halftime deficit is an ugly manifestation of ill-timed mistakes for Dallas; namely, two fumbles and six penalties. These have effectively handcuffed Dallas' efforts, and they might just throw a torrent of fuel on the fire-Wade-bonfire, if they aren't addressed at half.