Cowboys want Romo to play it safe

Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley
PHILADELPHIA -- The Cowboys have spent the past week trying to convince quarterback Tony Romo that he doesn't have to win today's game against the Eagles by himself. For the third time in his career, Romo will start a do-or-die game for the Cowboys. Both of the other situations -- playoff games against the Seahawks and the Giants -- ended with him making crucial mistakes.

For the past two weeks, coaches have tried to drill it into the quarterback's head how important it will be to protect the ball against the Eagles. Against the Ravens, Romo admitted to being confused by what Rex Ryan's defense was doing to him and that led to two first-half interceptions.

Here's what Ed Werder quoted a Cowboys team source saying about Romo this morning:

"You have to admire his creativity and playmaking, but we can't have him coming out in the gunslinger mode."

Romo has only played turnover-free ball six times in his career, and only once in 2008. The Cowboys will hope to lean on rookie Tashard Choice and a much healthier Marion Barber.