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Tony Romo leads the Cowboys into Arizona

by Thomas Jensen on Sunday, November 12th, 2006

Tony Romo is getting the job done. Terrell Owens isn’t getting it done at all and some are wondering if Coach Bill Parcells is. At the midpoint of the season, the Cowboys are 4-4 and frustrated going into Sunday's game against the Cardinals. They believe they have not played up to expectations in a season that began with “Super Bowl hopes”. The Dallas Cowboys may still have time to get things together and on a roll.

 

The 1-7 Cardinals come off of their bye to host Tony Romo, Terrell Owens and the rest of the Dallas Cowboys, a team that has always felt very much at home in the Valley. It will, however, be the Cowboys' first visit to University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. They have lost their last four in Arizona; maybe the new stadium can have a different effect.

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Most of their Cowboys confidence surrounds the play of quarterback Tony Romo, who has gotten better with each passing game. Romo has gone from unknown fourth-year player to the team's quarterback of the future when he took over for Drew Bledsoe in the second half of the Giants game on Monday night Oct. 29. He then helped beat the Carolina Panthers in his first start since 2002 at Eastern Illinois.

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He was unsuccessful against the Washington Redskins last Sunday. But he did everything possible to give the Cowboys a chance to win, starting with a perfectly thrown bomb to Terrell Owens. The catch would have been a game clinching 74-yard touchdown, Owens dropped it. On the final drive with seconds to go Romo put the Cowboys in position to win the game on a field goal. He made a perfect 28-yard pass to tight end Jason Witten and managed the clock well. Again, bad luck ensued and that field-goal attempt was blocked.

 

Coach Bill Parcells can only be pleased at was he has seen. He commented that Tony Romo had one a game and placed his team in position to win the next. What was most impressive was Romo's good posture on the final drive. He looked like a weathered veteran but was defeated by some bad luck and the recurring Cowboys mistakes.

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The Arizona Cardinals themselves had some trouble during the week they tried to iron out. Players will usually get edgy with a skid of losses and finger pointing occurs. This was the scene after defensive end Bertrand Berry tore at his own teammates during a local radio program. He went as far as stating he didn’t appreciate some of them as professionals.

 With dissention among their files and facing a tougher opponent; Dallas looks great to cover a -6½. spread. Yeah Terrell has something to prove but Romo has worked with him enough to take advantage of the Cardinals secondary, well that’s what I think. Between these two young quarterbacks and the will of two teams to change their season, there could be a shoot out, in order to not sit worse at mid season. Dallas -6½ and the over. Good Luck!

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