Tony Romo already collected his first trophy of the season when he was voted the winner of the GMC Never Say Never Moment of Week 1. Romo earned the accolades for his three-touchdown, 307-yard performance on 22 for 29 passing (75.9%) as the Cowboys showed the defending Super Bowl champion Giants what time it is. Romo edged out Mark Sanchez and Peyton Manning for the award.
Romo's Week 1 performance is a seamless continuation of the career year he had in 2011, when he recorded a career-high 102.5 passer rating despite playing through injuries that included a broken rib, a punctured lung and a badly bruised throwing hand.
Add to that an uncharacteristic comment made by Tim MacMahon of ESPNDallas that Romo could be playing with "the best bunch of skill players the Cowboys have featured since The Triplets & Co. celebrated three Super Bowl titles in a four-season span," and it may not be far-fetched to imagine that Romo's 2012 season could turn out to be the best of his career, provided the team stays moderately healthy.
And that's exactly what NFL analyst Boomer Esiason must have been thinking when he told the the "Elf and Slater Show" on 105.3 FM The Fan yesterday that he sees Romo as a MVP candidate at the end of the year:
"My feeling is that if everybody stays healthy around him, he will be in the discussion for NFL MVP come the end of the year," Esiason said via the Dallas Morning News.
To be in that discussion however, the Cowboys must have a significantly better record than the 8-8 they compiled last year. And starting the season 2-0 with two road wins would be just the thing to get that campaign started on the right foot.
Later in the morning, Tom Ryle will look at the Cowboys' reported interest in signing Romo to an early extension. Stay tuned to BTB.