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Giants Must Disrupt Romo

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When on his A game, and permitted to freelance with impunity, Tony Romo rates among the NFL’s most lethal quarterback playmakers. Through ten games, his statistical accolades are wide spanning — 21 TD passes (T-3rd); 48.8% deep ball accuracy (4th); 64.6 completion % (6th); 93.8 QB Rating (6th); 2,681 yards (9th).

Tony Romo amidst a collapsing pocket, however, is a distinctly different animal:

 

Key Stat Drop-Backs Completion% Touchdowns Interceptions QB Rating Yards/Att.
Pressure

130

48.7%

3

3

64.7

5.8

No Pressure

259

71.8%

18

3

113.4

7.9

 

In their first meeting back on September 8th, the Giants were able to take Romo out of his comfort zone. It took him 49 attempts to accumulate 263 yards (5.4 Y/A), he was sacked three times and took seven hits (12 hurries). Perry Fewell’s blitzes didn’t reach their desired target (per say), but they did play a meaningful role in limiting Romo to 4.5 yard per attempt on 13 blitz drop-backs. With weapons like Dez Bryant, Terrance Williams and a healthier Miles Austin on the outside, the Jints will be quite content with short dump-offs in the rematch.

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