POSTED: Sunday, November 13, 2011 - 6:13pm
UPDATED: Monday, November 14, 2011 - 12:56pm
Tony Romo completed his first 13 attempts and finished 23 of 26 (88.5 percent), setting the franchise record for single-game accuracy as well as throwing for 3 touchdowns in a 44-7 blowout win over Buffalo.
He had no interceptions and wasn't sacked, doing both for a second straight week. Being error-free Sunday was especially noteworthy because he was facing the defense that leads the NFL in takeaways and had the second-most interceptions.
Romo is clearly benefiting from the rapid development of rookie running back DeMarco Murray. He turned 20 carries into 135 yards and a touchdown and had 35 yards on six receptions. Murray was a concern of the defense all day, drawing enough attention to create open space for Romo in the secondary.
"We are learning a little bit about who we are and what we can do and what we are capable of doing," Romo said.
"We needed a game like this," tight end Jason Witten said. "This needs to be the foundation of what lies ahead for this team."
Dallas' defense was opportunistic from the start, with DeMarcus Ware sacking Fitzpatrick on Buffalo's first offensive play. The Cowboys also racked up four turnovers.
"I think that's as good as we played against a team that's credible," Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said. "I think overall -- the (run-pass) balance, feeling like we could create problems for their defense -- I haven't felt like that since Jason has been the head coach. It shows we are making improvement."
Not only were the Cowboys clicking in all phases Sunday, they're going into a soft patch on their schedule. Their next three foes went into this weekend a combined 6-18.