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November 13, 2013

Dallas offense playing down to defense’s level

IRVING, Texas — Tony Romo is having trouble getting the ball to Dez Bryant, or anyone else for that matter.

The Dallas offense hasn’t been the same since Romo had the first 500-yard passing game in franchise history in a wild 51-48 loss to the Denver Broncos and Peyton Manning five weeks ago.

Romo never had much of a chance to keep up with Drew Brees last weekend because the Cowboys haven’t stopped an elite quarterback all season and now the offense is playing down to the level of the NFL’s worst defense. The result was a 49-17 loss to the Saints.

“As you visit with him, I think he’ll be more than honest and tell you what he needs to get done,” offensive coordinator Bill Callahan said about Romo. “More consistency overall. It’s kind of a generic, general term. But that is true.”

There was no visiting with Romo on Wednesday. He hurried out the door for the bye week without talking to reporters, surely with several issues on his mind heading into a four-day break before returning Monday to get ready for the New York Giants on Nov. 24.

Romo has completed less than 50 percent of his passes in two of the past three games after he hadn’t been that low at all since 2009. Before getting just 193 yards against the Saints, the Cowboys had only once failed to gain 200 yards in a Romo start. That was when he was pulled in a meaningless regular-season finale in 2007.

Second-year tight end James Hanna had the most catches for Dallas against New Orleans with three. Bryant was targeted just twice, with one catch.

Romo threw to tight end Jason Witten six times, but for just two catches as the Cowboys were beaten badly enough to raise doubts about their playoff prospects even though they share the NFC East lead with Philadelphia at 5-5.

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