Has anybody else noticed that Romo frequently gets off to slow starts in games? In 2006, Romo's average of attempts 1-10 in a game, he completed 61% of his passes with an average of 6.9 ypa and a QB rating of 72.1. However, as games progressed, Romo's accuracy improved greatly. In passes 11-20, Romo completed 66% of his passes with a 9.6 ypa and a QB rating of 113. In attempts 21-30, Romo completed 69% of his passes with a 9.3 ypa. Romo gets better and more accurate as the game goes on. Perhaps Romo has the gitters when he starts the game and it takes him about 10 throws to settle down. Once Romo settles down, he's money.
Here's the link to the 2006 stats that breaks down his throws 1-10, 11-20, 21-30, and 30+...
Now, let's look at Romo's week 1 performance. In Romo's first 10 passes, he only completed 50% of his passes even though he had an impressive 9.6 ypa. His QB rating for the first 10 passes was 83.8. Again, as the game progressed, Romo played better and became more accurate with his throws. In attempts 11-20, Romo completed 70% of his passes with an even more impressive 12.6 ypa. This includes throwing for 2 TDs and 6 first downs. His QB rating in passes 11-20 was an incredible 152.1. Then, in passes 21-24, Romo completed 75% of his passes with an unworldly 30.8 ypa. In those 4 passes, Romo threw for 3 first downs including 2 TDs. His Qb rating in those throws was 116.7.
After 1 game, Romo seems to be following the same trend set in 2006. All that said, I don't know why Romo gets off to slow starts. My guess is that he comes out a little too pumped up for games and my overthrow balls. Or, Romo may need about 10 passes to get used to what defenses are throwing at him. In any event, after 10 throws, Romo is as good as any QB in the NFL in 2006 and 1 game into 2007. Hence, Romo only has 1 incompletion against the Colts in the second half in 2006 and had similarly impressive second half stats in 8 of the 10 games played in 2006. He seems to be following the same pattern early in 2007.