IRVING -- It's hard to get a lot of emotion out of Tony Romo in his weekly media session.
But just ask him about his receivers.
He's like a kid at Christmas.
"I couldn't ask for a better group of guys," he said with a toothy smile, answering a question about how Miles Austin, Laurent Robinson and Dez Bryant make him a better quarterback. "Not only just from their play on the field, but just their personalities and who they are as people. They're a joy to be around every day."
Well, their personalities may be nice. But what makes the three receivers a joy for any quarterback is their ability to catch passes and get in the end zone. Austin, Robinson and Bryant have been doing that at a high level for the past two weeks.
Last week against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Cowboys' top three receivers each caught a touchdown pass. They did the same thing against the New York Giants the game before.
In the last two weeks, the sixth-year veteran Austin, Cowboys newcomer Robinson and former first-round pick Bryant have combined for 21 catches, 372 yards and six touchdowns. The Cowboys have scored 65 points in those games.
It's the most productive pair of outings the three receivers have put together. But then, the Cowboys have had all three healthy and in action for only six of the 14 games this year.
"I think we complement each other great," Robinson said. "We've got strong receivers. Fast guys. They can't double everybody. Somebody's one-on-one, and we've got to win our matchups."
Austin missed two games early in the year and then four later in the fall. Bryant missed one game with a thigh contusion.
Robinson, signed at the end of training camp, missed Week 1 with an injury and was cut before the second game. Re-signed for Week 3, he debuted with three catches on Monday Night Football against the Redskins.
Austin, who had four touchdown catches in the season's first two games, has come back from his second hamstring injury with two strong games.
Bryant has been steady, catching a pass in every game -- at least three in all but one, in fact -- and his second-half shutouts seem like a distant memory now.
But no player on the Cowboys has grabbed his chance like Robinson, a fifth-year player who had been cast off by three teams before coming to the Cowboys.
"It's just a great situation, playing with some Pro Bowl players," he said. "Unfortunately, some players got hurt, and I was able to step up and make some plays and take advantage of opportunities."
Behind the top three, third-year receiver Kevin Ogletree and second-year player Jesse Holley have made less of an impact. But Ogletree has a career high in catches, yards and games played, Holley has the highest catch average on the team, 24.1 yards, and neither has missed a game.
So the Cowboys can be reasonably confident they have a bit of depth behind their top three.
"Me and KO, we're lacking in touchdowns, but at any given time, we can go out and make a big play for you," Holley said. "When you have that going on out there, that gives extreme confident to coach [Jason] Garrett and extreme confidence to Romo, that I've got five guys that can go out there any given time can turn a slant, can turn a deep post, into a touchdown."
If anybody's counting, Bryant leads the receivers with 51 catches and 796 yards.
Robinson is only two catches and four yards behind him.
They both have nine touchdowns.
And Austin has six touchdown catches in his eight games.
Their catch-per-game averages are 4.6 (Austin), 4.1 (Robinson) and 3.9 (Bryant).
"We all just want to win. It doesn't matter who's catching the ball, who's making touchdowns," Robinson said. "We just want to help our team out anyway possible, whether it's blocking for somebody else when they catch the ball or blocking in the run game or running as a decoy in the route. It's just whatever we have to do."
That attitude comes from Austin, Holley said.
"He's not a selfish guy," Holley said. "When your leader is about that, it trickles down to each individual. Miles is doing a great job of leading us and keeping our attitude focused on winning football. It doesn't matter who gets the credit, whether it's Laurent, myself, Dez or Kevin. When we have a great leader in Miles, it trickles down to each and every one of us."
But surely, somebody's lobbying for balls.
"Everybody," Romo said, smiling again. "Shoot, Jason Witten lobbies more than them. When you're really that good, like Jason and these guys are, they deserve it."
Why not? They have been good. And it is Christmas.
Carlos Mendez, 817-390-7407