Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo threw four interceptions Sunday among the team's six turnovers in a 29-24 loss to the New York Giants.
Three of Romo's interceptions came on the team's first four drives. So did a Dez Bryant fumbled punt that laid the groundwork for the Giants to take a 23-0 lead when Jason Pierre-Paul scored on Romo’s third pick-six of the season with 13:05 remaining in the first half.
The Cowboys have turned the ball over 11 times in three home games, a trend Romo contributes to recurring execution errors.
“You’ve got to do the little things right and you have to make the plays when they’re there. At the beginning of the game, we didn’t do the little things right,” Romo said. “We didn’t execute the plays. We didn’t run the right route. We didn’t throw it the right way. We didn’t block it the right way a couple of times. Those things are going to hurt you.”
But the Cowboys managed to come all the way back to take the lead, with Romo leaning on connections to tight end Jason Witten (18 catches, 167 yards), Bryant (5 catches, 110 yards) and Miles Austin (9 catches, 133 yards). Then, two more turnovers surfaced in the fourth quarter: a Felix Jones fumble near midfield, setting up a Giants’ field goal, and a Romo interception on a fourth-and-1 play from the New York 19-yard line with 1:03 remaining.
“You keep saying, ‘This is the drive where we’re going to turn it around,’” Witten said. “You stay the course and it keeps stacking up on you. It is frustrating. You can’t do that and expect to win. We’ve got to get it fixed.”Linebacker DeMarcus Ware agreed.
“The thing is, you can’t keep beating yourself in certain ways,” Ware said. "Now, it’s adverse times to where … you’ve got to get better from this,” Ware said. “We’ve got to always start the game off consistent and play well.”
_ Jimmy Burch