The Cowboys struggled early, haunted by breakdowns on an offensive line that still generates too many maddening penalties and allowed a season-worst seven sacks against the Browns. That contributed to the 13-0 hole Dallas found itself in at halftime. Their 68 yards over the first two quarters marked the Cowboys' worst first-half output in five seasons.
Someone here in the newsroom -- their feet up on the desk -- just voiced this casually to a coworker: "Boy, Tony Romo sucks, doesn't he?"
Blaming Romo doesn't cut it in Dallas. The Cowboys climbed back into this potential disaster on Romo's arm. There were sacks in this game that came down to Romo's inability to make quick decisions, but not many of them. More than a few should be blamed on his wideouts; others on poor communication along the line -- and let's not forget about a Browns defense that never gave up minus its best player, cornerback Joe Haden.