Thursday, November 23, 2006

How 'bout that Cowboy

Coming into the season, I'd be willing to wager that the majority of the nation would have identified Tony Romo as "that restaurant."

And while some might award partial credit for Tony Roma's, whoever it is has been doing a great job of feeding the Dallas Cowboys.

Since Romo took the starting quarterback job from Drew Bledsoe, the atmosphere at Valley Ranch has seemingly come alive. Play-makers Jason Witten and Terrell Owens appear rejuvinated, and how couldn't they be, considering their new quarterback just torched Tampa Bay for five - yes five - touchdowns on Thanksgiving Day.

Just how amazing is that?

Well, other than the fact that Romo is on my fantasy team (I had this week won before finishing Thanksgiving with a slice of pumpkin pie), no Cowboys quarterback had ever thrown five touchdown passes in Texas Stadium. If you want to get technical, yes, others did it at the Cotton Bowl or at away games, but it's still an amazing feat.

The Cowboys are now 7-4, leading division rival New York by a half-game. If Tennessee can take care of business against the Giants, Dallas could be in prime position to separate themselves from the rest of the pack in the NFC East.

While it isn't exactly probably the Giants would continue to slide against Tennessee, the Titans have shown signs of football life in Nashville. The Eagles will most likely fall to the Colts in the RCA Dome, and with McNabb out for the year, they don't pose any threat to the two teams in blue.

Whoever win the division will need to win next week's battle at the Meadowlands. The Giants could enter either tied for the division lead or one game back. Regardless, the winner will have the momentum to carry themselves through December and into January.

If the Cowboys continue that run, it's because of one guy, who may or may not be connected to a large restaurant chain. Romo has given the Cowboys life. He's given the Cowboys hope. He's given the Cowboys a swagger that's been missing since Troy Aikman led this franchise to three Super Bowl wins.

A sign hanging at Texas Stadium Thursday said it best. He's given this team: Ro-momentum.

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