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Romo earns high praise for efficient play with Cowboys

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is known for hyperbole, but even he raised some eyebrows when he said quarterback Tony Romo’s performance against the New York Giants on Sunday was his best.

Romo completed 17 of 23 passes for 279 yards with three touchdowns, one interception and a passer rating of 135.7.

Coach Jason Garrett wouldn’t go that far, but he said Romo was part of an efficient offense.

“His pocket presence was outstanding. His efficiency and his play-making ability in the red zone, cashing in on drives was really something else,” Garrett said. “He got everybody involved. I thought he did a really good job of seeing the defense and seeing what they were trying to do and throwing to the right guy.

“Some of the complementary players had some opportunities, and he gave them chances to make plays and they certainly took advantage of them.”

Romo is completing an NFL-high 69.2 percent of his passes.

“I think the environment is good for him to play in but he’s doing an excellent job just reading things out, throwing it to the right guy, making a lot of great throws throughout the game; decision-making is really good,” Garrett said.

Murray talk

There can never be too much talk about DeMarco Murray surpassing Hall of Famer Jim Brown with an NFL-record seven consecutive 100-yard games to open the season.

Garrett said Murray is deserving of all the attention, but reminded that it’s a group effort, including the offensive line, the receivers and the tight ends.

“I heard someone say after the game, ‘Whenever you are in a conversation with Jim Brown you must be doing some good things,’ ” Garrett said. “We have to keep that whole thing in perspective, obviously. People get involved in those conversations for lots of different reasons.

“We are pleased with how we are running the football. DeMarco is a part of a really good running attack.”

Garrett also credits Murray’s patience, determination and vision for his success.

“I think he’s seeing holes well,” Garrett said. “He did a good job not making negative runs, and when he had some chances, made some bigger runs as the game wore on.”

Focus message

It’s hard to blame the Cowboys for getting caught up in the hype surrounding their surprising 6-1 start and six-game winning streak.

Only six players remain from the 2009 NFC East title team. The bulk of the Cowboys are familiar with the team’s 30-34 record the previous four seasons combined.

“We haven’t been this high above .500 for a long time, definitely since I’ve been here,” said safety Barry Church, who signed as a rookie free agent in 2010. “So the excitement of the team is pretty high right now. Our confidence is pretty high right now, but we know we’ve got to take it one game at a time.”


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