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News » Holiday treat Cowboys tune up for stretch by cruising past Seattle Romo showing signs of returning to old form at just the right


Holiday treat Cowboys tune up for stretch by cruising past Seattle Romo showing signs of returning to old form at just the right


Holiday treat Cowboys tune up for stretch by cruising past Seattle Romo showing signs of returning to old form at just the right
IRVING - Of the 36 Thanksgiving Days that have been celebrated in Texas Stadium, the final holiday game won't make anyone's list of 10 Most Memorable.


Maybe not even top 30.

But meaningful could be something else.

For the first time since his finger injury forced him to miss three games, Tony Romo looked like the real deal Thursday. He led Dallas to 24 points on the team's first four possessions and the Cowboys coasted past Seattle, 34-9, to raise their record to 8-4.

"I think it's great to have Tony Romo back," Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said.

They are going to need all that he can offer.

A difficult December awaits this team, and in recent years the Cowboys have made even soft December schedules look tough.

If the Cowboys are to make the playoffs as a wild-card team, then they will need the Romo who surpassed the 300-yard mark in the third quarter. The franchise's all-time leader in 300-yard games completed 22 of 34 passes for 331 yards and three touchdowns.

The most significant thing he did was to reconnect with his road roommate and Pro Bowl tight end, Jason Witten. Limited by injuries in his last two games with Romo, Witten broke out Thursday with nine catches for 115 yards and a touchdown.

"Jason Witten is the absolute perfect tight end in all ways," Romo said. "He runs good routes. He's a good run blocker. His timing is impeccable. On top of that, he's a tough guy and a high character guy."

When teams make an extra effort to get Terrell Owens out of the game, the Romo-to-Witten combination has to be effective. On Thursday it was, not that the Seahawks exactly put the clamps on Owens.

He was quiet for a while but finished with five catches for 98 yards and a touchdown.

Owens, too, believes Romo is almost all the way back to where the club needs him.

"If you asked him, he'd say he's not 100 percent but he's getting there," Owens said. "He's getting close to getting rid of the splint. He's been lobbying to do that the last couple of weeks."

Romo said he didn't think he would be wearing the splint on his right pinkie a week from Sunday in Pittsburgh. But if he can hit two-thirds of his passes for more than 300 yards and keep spreading around the touchdowns (rookie tight end Martellus Bennett had the other one Thursday), then it won't matter.

But no one questions the tough road that lies ahead, thanks to the stumbles and setbacks that had this team sitting at 5-4 just over three weeks ago.

Pittsburgh has the league's top scoring defense. The Giants are the best team in the NFL. Baltimore has a defense that ranks with the Steelers. And while everyone was counting out the Eagles, they restored their winning record Thursday against Arizona.

"Pittsburgh runs a lot of stuff, so we'll have to look at a lot of film," Romo said. "If we get a good read on it, we'll have a chance. I suspect we won't be favored to win this game, but everyone in the locker room believes we can win."

Romo making accurate throws and plays on the move will give them a chance. In some games, Romo has been able to hang in the pocket to make plays. Maybe that's all the film that some of the Seahawks watched.

"I didn't know he was like that," Seahawks safety Deon Grant said. "We would attack them, and he would make a great play to find Witten in the open spot. He surprised me. He did his thing today."

Romo will have to execute a few more surprises if the Cowboys' second three-game win streak of the season is going to prove meaningful.

Cowboys QBs on Thanksgiving

Games Att. Comp. Yards TD Int

Troy Aikman 10 341 211 2,280 9 11

Danny White 8 187 112 1,545 14 8

Roger Staubach 7 124 67 963 6 7

Craig Morton 4 92 47 703 2 5

Don Meredith 3 58 39 498 4 2

Tony Romo 3 91 65 832 10 2

Note: Three or more starts



Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: November 29, 2008

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