Cowboys-Eagles Instant Trivia: Tony Romo’s First 100 Starts

cowboys.question.markHard to believe that Tony Romo has started 100 games. It was seven years ago on a late October evening that the Cowboys fell behind 14-0 to the Carolina Panthers, only to see Romo bring the team from behind in a 35-14 win.

No quarterback in NFL history has completed as many passes or thrown for as many yards as Romo. The Fort Worth Star Telegram has more.

Here’s the list of the most yards in a QB’s first 100 games:

Tony Romo, 27,485

Kurt Warner, 27,441

Dan Marino, 27,274

Peyton Manning, 26,008

Trent Green, 25,108

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Romo threw 2 interceptions against the Eagles on Sunday. It marks just the fifth time that Romo has thrown 2 or more picks in a Dallas win.

The Cowboys’ record in games where Romo has thrown 2 or more picks is 5-15.

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The Cowboys picked off Philadelphia QBs 3 times on Sunday. It marked the 16th time that the Cowboys have recorded at least 3 picks against the Eagles.

The Cowboys’ record in those 16 games is now 13-3.

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The Cowboys committed 12 penalties for 75 yards against the Eagles on Sunday.

The last time the Cowboys committed at least 12 penalties in a game came on November 11, 2012. Against the Eagles. At Lincoln Financial Field.

Thankfully, the Cowboys also won that game, beating the Eagles 38-23.

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The Cowboys are tied for 18th in the league in terms of penalties per game. They have committed 7.0 penalties per game thus far, down from 7.4 in 2012.

However, the team has committed an average of 9.3 penalties during the past 3 games.

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Dallas 17, Philadelphia 3: The Defense Can, In Fact, Stop Someone

The Eagles entered Sunday’s game with the third-rated offense in the NFL, averaging more than 451 yards per game. Meanwhile, both the Cowboys and Eagles ranked among the bottom five defenses.

Sean Lee had 11 tackles and an interception in the Cowboys' 17-3 win over the Eagles on Sunday.

Sean Lee had 11 tackles and an interception in the Cowboys’ 17-3 win over the Eagles on Sunday.

It was no wonder the over/under for the game was 54.5. Some might have thought one of the teams could score 55 points by itself.

Instead, it took nearly 27 minutes before either team scored a point.

Combined, the teams had averaged 58.2 points per game through six weeks. On Sunday, the teams combined for a total of 20 in a 17-3 Dallas win.

The Dallas defense was going to have to find a way to stop Philadelphia QB Nick Foles, who had been on fire.

By the time the defense knocked Foles from the game at the end of the third quarter, Dallas had a 10-0 lead. A 9-yard touchdown from Tony Romo to Terrance Williams in the fourth quarter iced the game for the Cowboys, who took a one-game lead in the NFC East and now has a 3-0 record in the division.

The Cowboys’ defensive line should have been pitiful without DeMarcus Ware, who missed a game for the first time in his career. The only Dallas defensive lineman with a recognizable name was Jason Hatcher.

Nevertheless, guys like George Selvie (1.5 sacks) and Jarius Wynn (0.5 sacks) made the stat line. Foles only managed 80 passing yards in 3 quarters before suffering a head injury.

Rookie Matt Barkley saw his first NFL action in a regular-season game, but he threw 3 interceptions.

LeSean McCoy had averaged more than 100 yards per game in six previous games. Against Dallas, he only managed 55 rushing yards, including just 12 yards in 8 carries in the first half.

The defense that gave up 51 points to the Broncos just two weeks ago has held two division opponents to a combined total of 19 points in 2 weeks.

We can hope the can’t-stop-anyone defense will rest in peace.

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The radio team of Brad Sham and Babe Laufenberg complained several times that the Cowboys were not willing to run the football.

Playing with rookie Joseph Randle instead of DeMarco Murray, the Cowboys ran the ball 12 times for 38 yards in the first half. Randle had 10 carries for 34 yards, which was not great but was better than McCoy’s 12 yards at halftime.

Randle finished the game with 65 yards on 19 carries. He had more rushing attempts than Murray has had since week 3, when Murray ran 26 times for 175 yards.

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It would seem like the 2013 season includes a quiet farewell to Miles Austin.

He has not caught a pass since the team’s week 3 against the Rams, when he injured his hamstring yet again.

He has played in two consecutive games but has not caught a pass.

Meanwhile, Williams and Cole Beasley have looked very good. They combined for 12 receptions for 124 yards against the Eagles.

Releasing Austin after this season will not be a painless process, though. The Cowboys are reportedly going to be $31 million over the salary cap after this season, and Austin’s large salary does not help matters. He restructured his contract after the 2012 season to help with the salary cap, but releasing him would give the Cowboys more than $10 million in dead money from his salary alone.

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The last time the Cowboys held a team to 3 or fewer points was during the final week of the 2009 season, when the Cowboys shut out the Eagles 24-0 to win the NFC East.

 

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