The Dallas Cowboys have to play one more game before quarterback Tony Romo returns from a fractured collarbone.
But the desperate Cowboys (2-6), who are riding a six-game losing streak and are in last place in the NFC East, can’t wait for him to come back to begin the process of saving their season.
Defensive end Jeremy Mincey said every game from here on out is a must win and they must start by taking care of business Sunday at Tampa Bay (3-5).
As while Romo has worked miracles in the past on the football field, Mincey said "he is not Jesus".
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"We can’t sit and wait on Romo," Mincey said. "He’s not Jesus. We can’t sit and wait on him. There are games we could have easily won without him being there. We have to be sharper and take advantage of every play and every opportunity to make something happen. There are no excuses to how we are playing. We have to get better. It’s our fault. We have to suck it up, keep going and get better."
The Cowboys have lost six consecutive games since Romo went down in Week 2. He is set to return Nov. 22 matchup against the Miami Dolphins.
Mincey said it goes without saying that some people have been waiting on Romo to come back to save the season. But he said if they don’t get a win Sunday against the Buccaneers, it might not matter when Romo comes back.
"Of course, of course, we are waiting on him without a doubt," Mincey said. "He is a great leader, great player. He is an amazing quarterback. I have been around a lot of them. He is good person, a good leader and a good friend. It will great to that type or pressure on the field and that type of leadership. To get the ball rolling we got to get this one this week. We got to find away to win this week."
The Cowboys have hope in the mediocre NFC East as they remain just two and a half games behind the division leading New York Giants (5-4), who play the undefeated New England Patriots on Sunday.
Still no, NFL team since 1990 has started 2-6 and made the playoffs. So going to 2-7 would make it seemingly even more impossible no matter how bad the division appears to be at this time.