Numbers low, but win is key for Tony Romo

ARLINGTON, Texas -- What could Tony Romo do for an encore from his 506-yard, five-touchdown game against the Denver Broncos last week?

The best thing to say is come out with the win against the Washington Redskins.

“I think that’s all that matters,” said Romo, who completed 18 of 30 passes for 170 yards. “You play the game long enough, that’s all you really care about.”

As Tim MacMahon wrote, Romo did not have to carry the Cowboys to victory, but there was something off about the offense after the opening drive. The Cowboys went 80 yards on 10 plays on their first drive that ended with a DeMarco Murray touchdown.

They finished the game with 213 yards on offense.

It was the fourth lowest passing yard total in games Romo has started and finished. In 2009 he beat the Redskins 7-6 with 156 yards passing. In 2011 against the St. Louis Rams he needed to pass for only 166 yards as Murray ran for 253 yards in a 34-7 win.

Romo came into the game averaging 305 yards passing per game and completing 72 percent of his passes. He completed just 60 percent of his passes, a season low.

There was, however, a statistical side note to Romo’s game. His two-game total of 676 yards is the 15th most in NFL history over a two-game span following a 500-yard outing.