Tony Romo, wife Candice Crawford, son Hawkins appear in Thankgsiving message

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Tony Romo, his wife Candice Crawford, and their baby son Hawkins all appeared together for an adorable video message that was played during the Dallas Cowboys’ Thanksgiving Day game against the Oakland Raiders on Thursday.

Romo and his family wished viewers a happy Thanksgiving on behalf of them and the Cowboys. After the video message was played, CBS showed a shot of Crawford in a luxury suite watching her husband play:

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Who cost the Cowboys more against Broncos: Jason Garrett or Tony Romo?

Jimmy-Johnson-Terry-Bradshaw-Jason-GarrettFirst and foremost, it should be noted that it is nearly impossible to win a game in the National Football League after allowing more than 40 points. The Denver Broncos somehow pulled it off on Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys. If Dallas fans want to blame anyone for the loss, they should probably blame their defense. If not, Tony Romo and head coach Jason Garrett have emerged as quality scapegoats.

Romo is too easy. After throwing for 506 yards and five touchdowns, he went classic Romo and threw an interception with just over two minutes remaining. The turnover gave the Broncos the ball in field goal range and positioned them perfectly for the win. That’s when Garrett made a questionable coaching decision.

With roughly 1:45 remaining in the game, Denver faced a 3rd-and-1 from the 2-yard line. Rather than allowing Denver to score and giving his offense a chance to tie the game with about 1:30 left and no timeouts remaining, Garrett had his defense try to stuff the Broncos on third down. Knowshon Moreno did the best thing he could have done at the time, picking up exactly one yard and giving Denver a first down without scoring. Peyton Manning was then able to take a knee and run the clock all the way down for the Broncos to kick a game-winning field goal as time expired.

On one hand, you can understand why Garrett went for the stop. The Cowboys had one timeout left at the time. Had Dallas stopped Moreno, it would have been 4th-and-1 and they could have used the timeout and forced Denver to settle for a field goal. That would have given the ball back to the Cowboys with plenty of time to get into field goal range for the tie.

The other side of the argument is that you play the odds in that situation. The chances of stopping Denver’s offense from picking up one yard were slim. Had he let Moreno walk into the end zone, Garrett would have given his team a chance. By going for the stop and failing, the game essentially game to an end.

As they say, hindsight is 20-20.

Tony Romo tries to work refs before game against Denver Broncos

Tony-Romo-Troy-AikmanThe Dallas Cowboys will have their hands full at home on Sunday against the Denver Broncos. Peyton Manning and company have looked unstoppable through the first four games of the season, averaging an NFL-best 363.8 passing yards and 44.8 points per game. They do, however, rank 30th in the league in opponent passing yards with 316.3. Despite that, Tony Romo believes the officials have allowed Denver’s defenders to get away with too much.

When speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Romo did his best to try to prime the referees in advance of the big game.

“They grab, they hold, they’ve almost put a lot of pressure on the refs – whether or not they’re going to call the game close or not,” he said, according to USA Today Sports. “If they get called once or twice, that’s a good thing. But they’re all over guys as far as using the little tricks, I guess you could say, that good linebackers and good secondaries use when they’re playing man coverage.”

Denver’s secondary has been flagged for 10 penalties — seven of which came in a win over the New York Giants. Romo apparently believes they should have been penalized more, as he noted that the Broncos have not been “exposed with a lot of penalties.”

Simply put, Romo knows his team is going to have to score early and often. With the way the Broncos offense has been clicking, no defense in the league can stop them. They’re a seven-point favorite on the road for a reason. Any advantage Romo thinks he can given the Cowboys leading up to the game is probably worth his while.

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Michael Irvin: Tony Romo is ‘best quarterback in the NFC, period’

Michael-Irvin-pressure-on-Tony-RomoTony Romo is off to a hot start to the 2013 season, despite the Dallas Cowboys’ 2-2 record. He was sharp in a loss to the San Diego Chargers on Sunday and has a quarterback rating of 105.0 through four games this year. That’s almost a full ten points above his career QB rating.

However, Romo has become known as a player who makes crucial mistakes in clutch moments and has not been able to win the big game. Unlike Super Bowl MVPs Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees, Romo turtles when his team needs him most. Despite that, Michael Irvin feels he is the best quarterback in the NFC.

According to the Dallas Morning News, the NFL Network’s pregame show panel agreed on Sunday that Romo is “the most dependable quarterback in the NFC.” Irvin went as far as to declare Romo “the best quarterback in the NFC. Period.”

They were joking, right? Rodgers and Brees are probably two of the three best quarterbacks in the entire NFL. Romo puts up stats, but he’s not a proven winner. The aforementioned two have already won a Super Bowl and could easily win another. Romo could very well go his entire career without winning a championship. You call that “dependable?”

In reality, Romo falls somewhere between Irvin’s insane declaration and this former NFL defensive lineman’s exaggerated bashing of the 33-year-old. He’s certainly above average, but his play down the stretch leaves a lot to be desired on an annual basis. Irvin has acknowledged that in the past, but apparently he has changed his mind.

Tony Romo takes huge hit to ribs, plays second half

Tony Romo took a huge hit to the ribs toward the end of the first half of the Dallas Cowboys’ season opener against the New York Giants, but he managed to return to the game for the second half.

Tony Romo hit GiantsRomo had excellent protection from his offensive line most of the game, but he stayed in the pocket and hung tough despite the pressure on that 2nd and 19 pass from the Dallas 37. Romo left the game after the hit and was replaced by Kyle Orton, who handed the ball off on 3rd down. Romo went 25-of-33 for 188 yards, one touchdown and one interception in the half.

Romo was examined by the Dallas trainers, and NBC was told that Romo only had the wind knocked out of him.

Despite being crunched around the midsection, Romo threw a touchdown pass in the third quarter and led the team to a field goal on their next offensive possession.

If we hear several weeks from now that Romo has been playing through cracked ribs, you’ll know exactly how and when it happened.

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Tony Romo: I have ‘discovered something really special’ with my throwing motion

tony-romoFantasy football owners take notice — Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is talking a big game heading into the 2013 season. With as many as 10 quarterbacks being taken ahead of Romo in some fantasy drafts, he could provide great value for those who opt to play the waiting game with drafting a QB. That could be especially true if Romo’s new mechanical discovery means anything.

On Monday, Romo told FOXSportsSouthwest.com that he has “discovered something that is going to be really special” with a change in his throwing mechanics.

“I don’t want to get into all the details of it,” he said. “But I really think it can be a positive change. I really am excited about it. It’s going to be a great thing.”

Romo looked sharp in the preseason, completing 72% of his passes and displaying great chemistry with both Dez Bryant and Miles Austin. He also signed a massive contract extension earlier this offseason, so the 33-year-old will be looking to prove his worth.

[Related: Former NFL defensive lineman calls Tony Romo a 'thief']

From a fantasy standpoint, Romo could wind up being a steal in 2013. Some fans may hate Romo because he has a tendency to choke in the clutch, but he is capable of putting up top-five fantasy quarterback numbers — especially in leagues that are pass-heavy with scoring. Romo has thrown for more than 4,000 yards and 26 touchdowns in each of the last four seasons where he has played all 16 games. If he and Bryant can stay healthy, huge fantasy numbers could be coming in 2013.

Former NFL DL Travis Johnson: ‘Tony Romo is a thief, hasn’t earned a dollar’

Michael-Irvin-pressure-on-Tony-RomoFormer Houston Texas defensive lineman Travis Johnson is not the only person who believes Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is overpaid. Romo agreed to a six-year, $108 million deal with the Cowboys earlier this offseason that reportedly includes $55 million guaranteed. Is it too much? Maybe. But is he a horrendous quarterback who is worth absolutely nothing? I wouldn’t go that far.

During a recent discussion on CSN Houston, Johnson went off on Romo for being a “thief” who has been handed everything and won nothing.

“When Tony Romo got to Dallas he had everything around him and was a loser,” Johnson said. “At one time he had five Pro Bowlers on the offensive line. They have no passing game, so nobody’s worried about the run.”

Johnson was just getting warmed up. His colleagues kept trying to remind him that the Cowboys have had plenty of other problems outside of Romo, but the former first-rounder out of Florida State couldn’t be stopped. Since the show is based in Houston, the subject briefly changed to Texas quarterback Matt Schaub. Johnson worked that into his criticism of Romo.

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