Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo has been subjected to different types of pressure that comes with playing for a team that needs no introduction. He is continually reaching for the bar of excellence, first set by Roger Staubach and later raised by Troy Aikman.
Romo is not immune to the pressure often applied by stout defenses he faces in the NFC East, namely those of the Giants and Eagles. There is also the pressure of needing to perform better late in the season.
With wide receiver Terrell Owens out of the picture, the pressure on Romo will be greater than ever. Now that half the circus has left town, Cowboys fans won't be able to blame T.O. if Romo continues his pattern of inconsistency in December and beyond, where he is 5-10 as a starter with passer ratings of 66.3 or lower in nine of those 15 games.
Romo was hardly an innocent victim of T.O.'s selfish antics. If the bottom line is wins and losses, Romo was as big a problem in Dallas as Owens.