The Dallas Cowboys clinched the NFC East title with a 42-7 thrashing of the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. After the game multiple teammates and owner Jerry Jones started making their case for why quarterback Tony Romo should be the league’s Most Valuable Player this season.
Romo is the league’s highest-rated passer and is completing an NFL-high 70 percent of his passes for 3,406 yards with 32 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He also leads the NFL in yards per passing attempt.
Romo went 18 of 20 passes for 218 yards and four touchdowns against the Colts.
"He certainly is in my book," Jones said to ESPN.com. "He is for me. Yes, he is, because [DeMarco] Murray has certainly carried his share, but Tony's quarterbacking this year was indispensable.”
Romo’s name has been mentioned as a possible MVP candidate along with Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Each of those players have won the NFL MVP at least once. Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray, who leads the NFL in rushing, is also a possible MVP candidate.
“Hell yeah, he is. He's the MVP," wide receiver Dez Bryant said of Romo. "Look at the performance. He's giving 'em hell in December. Icing on the cake. Give it to him. He's doing a hell of a job."
In the past three games, all victories, Romo has thrown 10 touchdowns and no interceptions.
"He's got to be up for it," tight end Jason Witten said. "I know there's other quarterbacks that have played well. We're a little bit biased, but if you take that first game out of the season and really the first half, he's been remarkable the way he's done it."
The Cowboys wrap up the regular season next Sunday against the Washington Redskins.
- Scooby Axson