In fact, Romo responded to the skepticism with what might have been the greatest statistical performance of his short but incredibly productive career, throwing three touchdown passes in a 34-21 Week 1 victory over the suddenly defenseless Buccaneers. He set a career high in passing yards (353), while his 140.6 passer rating and awesome 13.1 yards per attempt were both among his personal bests.
It's easy to understand the logic of the doubters: Owens is a
Just 40 starts into his career, Romo is on pace to challenge or even rewrite the records in some of the most important indicators of quarterbacking success. He's certainly living up to the standards of a franchise that's been consistently blessed for more than 40 years with
Romo is still shy of the minimum 1,500 attempts needed to qualify for official NFL records (he's attempted 1,334 passes). He'll reach that milestone some time in October -- and when he does he'll find himself in very elite statistical company.
You might not have noticed (that's what we're here for), but Romo's performance on Sunday propelled him past no less a statistical juggernaut than
Romo finds himself in very exclusive company in this telling indicator, as well.
Then there's Romo at No. 3. Following Sunday's performance, he has averaged 8.18 yards per pass attempt in his career. To put this figure another way, it makes Romo more effective at getting the ball down field than any passer since Graham hung up the black high-tops 54 years ago.
That's elite company.
For better or for worse, quarterbacks are ultimately measured by the bottom line: wins and losses. In this area, too, Romo is in elite company. He's 28-12 (.700) as a starting quarterback. Among contemporary players, only
Brady and Roethlisberger, of course, are also the only two quarterbacks in the game today with multiple rings in their back pocket. Therein lies the next challenge for Romo, who's 0-2 in his two playoff appearances, and did not play well in either game.
The record books will soon show that he's among the pest passers in the history of the game. But it will take nothing less than a Super Bowl victory or two to truly earn the right to be mentioned among these all-time greats.