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December 19, 2012

Jones says Romo played his best game ever last week, reason for optimism if he does the same versus Saints

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Tony Romo is coming off the best game he has ever played.

Romo threw for 341 yards on a 71.4 percent completion rate, two touchdowns, no interceptions and had a 111.3 quarterback rating in Sunday’s 27-24 overtime victory against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The win moved the Cowboys – who started the season 3-5 while Romo had thrown 13 interceptions – into a tie for first place in the NFC East.

“Our team is just playing better,” Jones said on his radio show Wednesday morning on KRLD 105.3 FM “The Fan.” “We’re playing with less turnovers. Romo, in my mind, played the best game that he’s ever played, and that’s saying a lot. But he had his best game. And he had a real good game against Cincinnati, as well.

“It is something to be optimistic about if he can continue that against the Saints.”

Jones praised the offensive line as a reason behind the improved play of Romo and the team.

“We’re going to need to play better, but we’re playing better, and that’s given Romo more time,” Jones said. “Things were real slow out there for Romo. That’s a positive. You call it slowing down, and he was really able to really put that ball in there on the right receiver. So all of that was a big plus, and I think – although we’re patched up over on defense – we’ve got people in the right spots: corners, pressure players. We’re getting guys coming in here that are playing well in the Interior.

“We’ve got a chance.”

Jones also said the Cowboys have changed since the death of practice squad linebacker Jerry Brown, who died in a car accident. The driver, nose tackle Josh Brent, has been charged with intoxication manslaughter. The Cowboys have won the two games since the accident happened on Dec. 8.

“I know that it certainly is a different group,” Jones said. “You’re never the same when someone close passes on. Make no mistake about it, whether this young man is a guy that’s been on the team for 10 years or had been on the team weeks, it impacted everybody. I wouldn’t want to go as far as to say more focus, more anything, other than the fact that it just reminds you how fragile life is. You look around, and they’re not there any more. So you better make hay while you can.”

-- Carlos Mendez

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