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Michael Irvin

Cowboys face Carolina knowing this: They're 3-0 with Romo

Even safety Barry Church felt a boost from the return of Tony Romo as the Dallas Cowboys ended a losing streak that covered all seven games their Pro Bowl quarterback missed.

And maybe it's not a coincidence that a defense struggling to make big plays while Romo sat with a broken left collarbone got its first touchdown of the season on Rolando McClain's interception return for the first points in a 24-14 win at Miami on Sunday.

This much is true as Dallas (3-7) prepares to face unbeaten Carolina at home on Thanksgiving: The Cowboys can say they haven't lost a game that Romo started this year.

"I just feel like we had one of our best players back in Romo,"...