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November 20, 2012

Romo says prepping for Thanksgiving means some mental fatigue

Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is unbeaten in five Thanksgiving Day game starts, so he knows how to handle the routine of the week with success.

But it doesn’t mean it’s easy cramming a week of preparation into three days.

“I think you just have to immerse yourself in the tape and really just keep watching it over and over and over,” he said in a conference call with Washington reporters on Tuesday. “You’re going to be tired. You’re going to be mentally a little bit fatigued, but you feel very prepared at least by Thursday if you are constantly watching tape and constantly putting in the time that it takes to get comfortable with what you’re going to see.”

Romo has a 115.4 quarterback rating on Thanksgiving. He is 105-for-154 for 1,367 yards, 14 touchdowns and four interceptions in wins against the Buccaneers, Jets, Seahawks, Raiders and Dolphins. He didn’t play in the 2010 game against New Orleans because of injury.

This will be his first look against the Redskins on Thanksgiving, but he said he knows what to expect.

“It depends on the game that you’re watching and what they’re going to do and how they’re going to attack different quarterbacks,” he said. “I just know that, in our history with them, they want to pressure us. They want to get the ball out. They want to have guys looking at the ball a little bit. We understand that, and we’ll have to prepare for it.”

-- Carlos Mendez

Twitter @calexmendez

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