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August 31, 2010

Phillips: Romo is ready

Cowboys coach Wade Phillips said he doesn't need to see anything else from Tony Romo to know his quarterback is ready for the season opener. It's a reason the Cowboys will rest most of their starters Thursday night.

Romo has completed 26 of 46 passes for 287 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions and a 64.3 passer rating in four preseason games. He has taken five sacks.

In three preseason games a year ago, Romo went 24-of-31 for 404 yards, no touchdowns, an interception and a 70.2 passer rating. He took four sacks But in the first regular-season game, he opened by going 16-of-27 against the Bucs for 353 yards and three touchdowns.

Phillips is expecting Romo to have the same sort of game against the Redskins this year.

"I see our quarterback coming on, and I think he’s going to be ready," Phillips said. "I don’t know that Tony tore it up last year in the preseason, but he threw for 353 yards in the first [regular-season] game. I think we have the capabilities of doing it. We’ve got some hard work to do between now and getting ready for this ball game [the season opener] and this team we’re playing I think is awfully tough on defense. It’s going to be a real challenge for us, but they know it. We’ll have a game plan. We’ll have specific things we think we can take advantage of and matchups we think are good, and we’ll try to take advantage of those."

 

-- Charean Williams

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