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December 06, 2012

Tony Romo has been solid the past five games, with fewer turnovers and more big plays

Tony Romo has completed 69 percent of his passes for 1,587 yards with 10 touchdowns and two interceptions in his past five games. The Cowboys have won three of those to climb back into the playoff race, albeit still in need of some help.

"It’s about winning and losing," Romo said Thursday. "Stats are just there for people to talk about. I understand that. My team does. As long as we keep winning, that’s a good sign."

Romo led the league in interceptions with 13 through seven games. He had five against the Bears and four in the second meeting against the Giants. He also had two lost fumbles in the first seven games. Romo has one lost fumble since.

"I think more than anything else, he’s taking care of the ball and still making plays," Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. "When Tony’s playing his best, he’s able to do that. We never want to stifle him, but we believe that he can play the way he plays and still minimize the bad plays. And he showed the other day that he can do that, and he’s done that a lot throughout his career. He works very hard at it. It’s a challenge for every quarterback in this league. You have the ball in your hand on every play, and there’s an expectation that you have to make some plays but also protect your team, and Tony’s done a really good job of that the last month or so."

Although the Cowboys are averaging only 20.2 points per game for the season, they averaged 32.5 over the past four games. That includes four return touchdowns.

They have 14 passing plays of 20 yards or more in the past four games.

"More than anything, our turnovers have been cut down quite a bit," said Romo, whose 150.5 passer rating Sunday against the Eagles was the best of his career and the third-best in team history. "Obviously, you’ve tried to be a little bit more judicious with the ball. Saying that, I’ve made similar throws. It’s just we’ve done some things the right way on the other side as well. We’ve gotten in and out of the route the right way and things of that nature that kind of have cost us a few times. I think as we’ve gone on as the season’s progressed, people as a whole have understood what we’re trying to do and where we need to be. It’s just a progression that takes shape."

-- Charean Williams 


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