COMMENTARY | Despite Tony Romo's impressive start in 2013, the Washington Redskins have little reason to fear the Dallas Cowboys' signal caller as they prepare to face him in their Week 6 NFC East showdown.
Here's why in spite of Romo's success this year, the Redskins have a good chance of finding a way to get the job done against the Cowboys this week.
Tony Romo is his own worst enemy
The Dallas Cowboys' Week 5 shootout loss to the Denver Broncos embodied the best and worst of Tony Romo.
Statistically, he was nearly flawless during his performance against the Broncos. He completed 25 of his 36 passes for a career-high 506 passing yards. Despite his flashy stat line, he and the Cowboys were ultimately undone by yet another Romo interception at the most inopportune moment.
Of course, no one should be surprised to see Romo's fatal flaw of the back-breaking fourth quarter turnover rear its ugly head one more time, especially the Washington Redskins. They witnessed up close and personal Romo's extremely giving ways as they defeated the Cowboys for the NFC East division crown last December, mostly because of a crucial Romo interception in the waning stages of the contest.
So even if Tony Romo proceeds to tear asunder the Redskins' pass defense for the majority of their Week 6 matchup, the Redskins should feel confident that if the game's competitive in the fourth quarter, there's a solid chance that Romo will add to his infamous legacy by once again serving as an enemy to his own team's aspirations.
Tony Romo's average ways against the Redskins
Over the course of Tony Romo's NFL career, he's had a tough time getting the best of the Washington Redskins.
Romo has an impressive 96.6 quarterback rating since he's been in the league. However, in 12 career starts against the Redskins, Romo's rating is only 86.3. During those 12 starts, Romo's an average 6-6 when playing Washington.
In two meetings against the Redskins in 2012, Romo combined to toss five interceptions, including the costly one that was mentioned earlier that helped pave the way to a Redskins' playoff appearance in the team's division-clinching win over the Cowboys last December.
Despite the successful numbers he's put up over the course of his career against the rest of the NFL, Romo has only put up pedestrian numbers when facing the Redskins.
Hopefully, that trend continues in Week 6.
The Redskins' defense is coming together
In Week 6, Romo will go up against a Redskins' defense that, despite earlier struggles, is starting to realize its potential.
Obliterated by the opposition in their first three games of the season, the Redskins' defense finally started to turn things around in the team's Week 4 win over the Oakland Raiders. Even though it happened against a Raider team that started Matt Flynn at quarterback, the Redskins finally got it together on the defensive side of the football.
Aside from facing a quarterback who's no longer employed, there were a couple of other reasons why the defense started to show improvement.
Benching safety Bacarri Rambo made a huge difference, as the decision removed the presence of a rookie struggling to find himself during his torturous on-the-job training as an NFL defensive back.
Then there was the emergence of fellow rookie David Amerson, whose pivotal interception return for a touchdown served as a turning point in the team's Week 4 victory over the Raiders.
Add to this the return of Jarvis Jenkins and Rob Jackson from their four-game suspensions and you have a Redskins' defense that's playing its best football as it prepares to encounter Tony Romo and the Cowboys.
So despite Romo's spectacular numbers in 2013, the Redskins have several reasons why they shouldn't be afraid when they face off against one of the league's hottest quarterbacks in Week 6.
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Drexel Perry's a freelance writer who recently moved back to the Washington D.C. area. For additional football talk, follow him on Twitter @DrexelPerry.
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