By Clarence E. Hill Jr.
Irving _ Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo began the season as a goat, as his turnovers led directly two losses against the Jets and Lions in the first month of the season.
Now, however, his arguably playing the best football of his career, striking the perfect balance between eliminating the mistakes from his game while continuing to be a playmaker.
Romo, who is the league’s fourth-ranked passer, heads into Thursday’s game against the Dolphins as the hottest quarterback in the NFL not named Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers.
He thrown eight touchdowns with no interceptions in the last three games and has a quarterback rating of 125.4 during that span, which includes a three-game winning streak by the Cowboys.
He has thrown 126 passes without an interception which is the second best streak of his career.
Romo’s hot play actually began after his three-interception meltdown in the loss against the Detroit Oct. 2. He said has just two interceptions and 12 touchdowns in the six games since.
Coach Jason Garrett said it’s not his place to say gauge Romo against his past years but acknowledged that he is playing at an awfully high level right now.
“He’s doing a very good job of taking care of the ball,” coach Jason Garrett said. “Sometimes guys focus on taking care of the football so they go into a shell and they don’t make any plays. They say, ‘I’m not making any mistakes,’ but you’re not really not doing anything either. I think we’ve all seen Tony strike that balance of not making big mistakes, particularly in relation to the football, which is hard to do in the NFL for a quarterback. He is certainly playing at a high level right now.”
Romo’s quarterback rating of 99.1 for this season is the highest of his career and three points higher than his career average of 96.1.