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Romo against the NFC East

by TED MADDEN / WFAA-TV

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Posted on November 19, 2009 at 12:46 PM

Updated Thursday, Nov 19 at 12:46 PM

When the Cowboys getting play Washington on Sunday, Tony Romo will begin his "second season" against NFC East opponents. Here's a look on how Romo has done in 16 career starts against divisional opponents.

Career Record: 9-7

Here's where I add my personal qualifier: I hate that NFL quarterbacks are given won-loss records like they are pitchers in baseball. I know and embrace the fact that quarterback is the single most important position in sports, but so many elements in a football game are completely out of the quarterback's hands: how his team's defense and special teams perform, whether the skill guys fumble the ball, whether his wide receivers drop balls or tip passes in the air for easy interceptions, whether the left tackle protects him. In baseball, we can recogize the greatness of a pitcher even if his won-loss record isn't very good - we just blame that on run support or a lousy defense behind him. Quarterbacks who put up good numbers without a good record are guys who just "pad their stats." I now digress; thank you for your patience....

Back to Romo, and his numbers against NFC East opponents:

Games: 16

Record: 9-7 (this does not include his appearance vs. the NYG in 2006, when he took over for Drew Bledsoe)

Yards: 3863

Touchdowns: 29

Interceptions: 21

Rating: 86.5

That is a full season's worth of statistics, and considering the toughness of the NFC East, those are pretty good numbers, except for the interceptions.

Most of his best games came in 2007. That year he won 4 divisional games, and in those wins he put up some eye-popping numbers: 77-for-109, 1209 yards, 15 TDs, 4 INTs, 131.5 rating.

A couple of stinkers: 2007 vs. Philadelphia (13-36, 214 yards, 0 TDs, 3 INTs), and this year vs. the Giants (13-29, 127, 1 TD, 3 INTs).

Romo has a good chance to get his second season started right, against a bad Washington team, but one that has a pretty solid defense.

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