Browns vs. Cowboys: Tony Romo presents unique challenge for Cleveland defense

Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE

The Cleveland Browns' defense will have its hands full with Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo.

The Cleveland Browns travel to Dallas to take on the Cowboys Sunday. For the Cleveland defense, Dallas quarterback Tony Romo should provide a stiff challenge.

Romo has completed 66.9 percent of his passes for 2,306 yards, 12 touchdowns and 13 interceptions this season. While he has turned the ball over more than the Cowboys would like, Romo is a talented player with the ability to provide a big play at any time. He doesn't run much – 18 carries for 22 yards and a score this year – but he is mobile enough to keep plays going and punish opposing defenses. Browns' defensive coordinator Dick Jauron is well aware of Romo's skills:

"He's very mobile. He keeps plays alive longer than you want them to stay alive on defense. He's got really good movement and he can escape and keep things alive. He's capable of running. He's a good athlete. He's capable of running and hurting you, and you do see him do it. He doesn't move to run. He wants to go down field and he keeps his eyes down field. He makes a lot of big plays on the move out of the pocket. In those situations probably regardless of when it was in the history of football, people say, ‘Well, you've got to keep him in the pocket.' It's hard to keep people in the pocket. You've just got to play. You've got to play fast and hard and have a good day. He does make a lot of plays."

In Dallas' last two games, a close loss to the Atlanta Falcons and a win over the Philadelphia Eagles, Romo has provided two of his best performances of the season. Against Atlanta and Philly, he completed 44-of-61 passes for 530 yards, three touchdowns and zero interceptions. Jauron doesn't think Romo has changed anything to come up with the improved numbers:

"I don't think so. I think sometimes it just happens. Things happen of course in football games. He's very talented. They are a very talented football team. Probably like most of the really good quarterbacks, he will take chances. He's got great faith in his receivers to go get the ball. He'll give you some opportunities, but he's also giving his guys some opportunities to make big plays."

Cleveland and Dallas play Sunday at Cowboys Stadium. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. ET, and the game will be televised on CBS.

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