September 9, 2012
The measureables: 6-2, 230 pounds, 10th season.
The numbers: 346 of 522 completions (66.3 percent), 4,184 yards, 31 TDs, 10 INTs, 102.5 rating in 2011.
Against the Ravens: (0-1), 24 of 45 completions (53.3 percent), 252 yards, 2 TDs, 2 INTs, 66.2 rating.
The challenge: Roundly criticized for a 0-3 record in the postseason, Romo ranks second all-time among NFL quarterbacks with a career passer rating of 96.9. The three-time Pro Bowler is blessed with a strong arm and a quick release, but questionable decision-making while under duress has led observers to wonder whether he will ever be able to return the Cowboys to the Super Bowl. At 32 years old, that window is closing for Romo, who had limited work with wide receivers Dez Bryant and Miles Austin and tight end Jason Witten during the preseason due to injuries.
The quote: "He wouldn't be starting all these years if he didn't have talent. He knows his weapons, [tight end Jason] Witten and those guys. If he comes in and his first couple throws are good, he's going to make it a rough night for the defense. But if he comes in and the defense gets on him early, then it's going to be a rough night for him. I think the couple times that I had played against him, our defense had said, 'Put pressure on him early so that you can get him off his game.' But if he comes out and he's on top of his game, you can't really stop him because once he gets hot, he gets hot." ¿ Nose tackle Ma'ake Kemoeatu who compiled 15 tackles (11 solo) and one pass defensed in five games against the Cowboys.