Tony Romo expects to bounce back

IRVING, Texas -- Tony Romo has moved on to his preparation for the Tennessee Titans, but the Dallas Cowboys quarterback acknowledged there was some rust in his game in the season-opening loss to the San Francisco 49ers.

Romo believes he will be better in Week 2 Sunday against the Tennessee Titans because of what happened last week.

"You guys can call it what you want as far as the reps, you've asked the questions many times, through rust or whatever you can come up with, physically the positive thing was I was throwing the ball really well and it's been good for a while so I'm excited about that, but the game comes down to mistakes," Romo said. "It comes down to one or two throws. What I found is just in some of those that the mental process that I was going through pre-snap in a lot of ways, my checklist and stuff, it's situation and understanding leading up to that week and over the course of the game. What can happen is you lose certain subtle things that need to continually be there beforehand. I think that comes with playing.

"I think I needed that, and maybe what I found is I needed to get that part of it sharper and that comes with playing ... I'm disappointed it obviously took a game to get to that point, but it'll be different going forward."

Romo was limited in the offseason and through training camp and played in only two preseason games. He was intercepted three times in the first half against San Francisco -- all on first-down throws -- and finished with 281 yards on 23-of-37 passing.

If there is a shred of good news it is that Romo said there were no lingering effects with his surgically-repaired back after getting sacked three times and hit more than that in his first regular-season game since Week 16 last season.

"I think that situationally when you're in it, you need to be boom, boom, boom, boom, boom," Romo said. "And you go through it and after the snap you know (snaps fingers) these things come into your brain. Without them, you're just playing. And if you're just playing over the course of 30 throws, you're going to have some you don't necessarily feel comfortable with. Each one needs to be the most important throw of the game and you need to have that mental thought process among some other things that give you the advantages."

Romo has had games like Sunday before and been able to bounce back. He is coming off the 11th game of his career in which he was intercepted three times or more. In the 10 games following that, he has responded with 15 touchdown passes and eight interceptions.

The Cowboys and Romo hope he doesn't have to go through many more of them.

"It's always difficult right after the game," Romo said. "If you care about the game at all, it's never a fun week. It's never good. All quarterbacks go through it. You never want to have games where you throw multiple interceptions. But what makes the best quarterbacks who they are is how they respond to it. So you got to come back and you got to play your best football for the next, for the rest of the season, multiple weeks, blah, blah, blah."