Friday, October 14, 2011

Patriots should be set if Romo plays 2nd half

Here’s a tip for the New England Patriots (4-1) when they face the Dallas Cowboys (2-2) Sunday: Just get to the second half.

Dallas blew a 17-point lead to the New York Jets in the season-opener and saw a 24-point lead get washed away against the Detroit Lions in the Cowboys’ last game before their bye, which was last week. Both were second-half comebacks by Dallas' opponents.

Quarterback Tony Romo was a big help in both losses, throwing three second-half interceptions (two for touchdowns) against the Lions and fumbling the ball inside the 10-yard line against the Jets before throwing an all but game-sealing pick.

Romo has four touchdowns and no interceptions in the first half of games this year, followed by three touchdowns and five interceptions in the second half.

His completion percentage drops from 68.1 to 62.0 after the mid-game break, and Dallas gives up more sacks in the second half.

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