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Dallas Cowboys Defeat Jaguars 31-17 In Romo’s Return

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Romo had a solid performance on the afternoon and again showed critics that he can still be the man under center.
Romo had a solid performance on the afternoon and again showed critics that he can still be the man under center.

The Dallas Cowboys had not been the same team since Tony Romo’s back injury two weeks ago against the arch rival Redskins on the Monday night debacle. Cowboy fans and experts all were wondering how can the Cowboys bounce back after two straight heartbreaking losses at home, well Sunday’s 31-17 victory should quiet down some of those Dallas disaster talks for at least a week.

Tony Romo returned to action after a week lay-off and he looked on point as Romo completed 20 of 27 passes for 246 yards against the Jaguars (1-9) and finished with a season-high passer rating of 138.8. With Dallas comfortably ahead, Romo sat out the final 6:42. “We had to win this game,” Romo said after the game.

The Cowboys got off to a quick start as Romo threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Jason Witten in the first quarter and then hit Dez Bryant for a pair of TDs in the second, the first from 35 yards and the second from 68.

The Dallas offense was powered by an excellent effort curtsey of Dez Bryant who had a monster second quarter. Bryant gained all of his 158 receiving yards in the second quarter, and did it by breaking several tackles on each touchdown catch.

DeMarco Murray also took in on the action as he bounced back from a lackluster performance against the Arizona Cardinals. Murray ran for 100 yards on 19 carries and also had 31 yards receiving for Dallas. He had his record streak of eight straight 100-yard games to start a season snapped by the Arizona Cardinals last week.

While Romo had good numbers on the afternoon, he still looked banged up at times with a missed touchdown pass to a wide open Jason Witten on the first drive and wasn’t at full speed in the pocket.

Romo spoke on his back pain after the game. “Just sore. Anybody who’s had anything broken before knows it’s uncomfortable at times,” Romo said. “A little banged up. A lot of guys are banged up. At the end of the day, no one actually cares once you step out onto the field.”

Since taking over the starting job in Week 8 of the 2006 season, Tony Romo has started 116 games and has a record of 69-47 (.595 win pct). The others to start games in that span are a combined 6-9 (.400 win pct) (ESPN.com)

With the victory, The Cowboys move to 7-3 and are in primed position to make a playoff run after their upcoming bye week.

Quotes provided by ESPN and The Associated Press

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