Romo: Cowboys have to handle pass rush better

IRVING, Texas – When the Cowboys scored 48 points in a loss to Denver, it supposedly woke up the offense.

Well, the offense has been in a slumber lately.

Two weeks ago, the Cowboys scored just 17 points at Philadelphia. They were also 5 of 16 on third down conversions.

Last Sunday at Detroit, the Cowboys gained just 268 yards and were just 3 of 13 on third downs.

Quarterback Tony Romo said one of the main reasons for the downturn is facing stronger pass rushes.

Romo was sacked just twice at Philadelphia and not at all at Detroit, but he said opponents have still been able to influence the execution of the passing game.

“If you look at the season as a whole you’re going to have games that are more difficult,” Romo said. “We’ve had two road games, that’s part of it. They’ve created some good pressure up front, I’ve thrown away more balls in the last two games than I had previously in the last four or five.”

The Vikings, this week’s opponent, have just 14 sacks on the season. No matter how strong the pass rush is, for Romo said it comes down to execution.

“The last two [opponents] have just done a good job rushing the quarterback, really,” Romo said. “Stuff’s coming open, we just haven’t been able to get there like we were a few times earlier in the year.”

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