Tony Romo and the offense started off a little shaky during the first few drives, stalling in the first and eventually punting during the next. After that we saw a lot of Miles Austin and a lot of Dez Bryant. Bryant was tremendous during his time on the field. He totaled six catches for 54 yards and a touchdown. That just proves what I’ve said in previous articles; Bryant and Romo are developing some chemistry. Romo was close to perfect vs. the Bengals; at one point he was 8-for-8, with six of those eight hitting No.88 during the same drive. For me, this just solidifies Romo as the leader of the team. Give the man some time and a good spot to throw the ball, and he’s gonna make something happen. Romo finished the game at 13-for-18 for 137 yards and two scores. That brings him to a 131.0 passer rating. Another note for the doubters, Romo has not thrown a single interception during the preseason. He has totaled 26-for-36 for 367 yards and two touchdowns.
We also saw a little bit of relief in the night of Miles Austin. Austin actually led the receivers tonight (yes, including Bryant) with four receptions for 59 yards and a TD. There have been a lot of questions surrounding Austin lately about his consistency and ability to stay healthy. I’m also one of the ones asking those questions. Miles is an outstanding talent and a great complement to Dez when he is healthy and consistent. Tonight may have answered a lot of those questions, if, once again, he stays consistent.
Last week there was a lot of noise on social media outlets pushing for Alex Tanney to take Kyle Orton’s job. This game was a little less of a performance from Tanney, and that just goes to show that you can’t take one performance and run with it. Don’t forget that Orton is a veteran QB and Tanney has no NFL experience. Don’t count him out, but let’s just wait to make that argument next week when the majority of the starters won’t be on the field.
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