Quick Hits: Romo Could Face Holiday Rush
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DallasCowboys.com Staff Writer
December 13, 2007 7:20 PM
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IRVING, Texas - A decent dose of blitzes didn't seem to hassle Tony Romo in his first meeting with Philadelphia. The Cowboys quarterback completed his first nine passes and finished 20-of-25 (80 percent) for 324 yards and three touchdowns in a decisive 38-17 victory.

Romo said he expects one of two approaches from Philly's defense this time around.

"I think they'll drop everybody (into coverage)," he said, "or they'll come after us a lot. There won't be much in between."

The Eagles also had little answer for Terrell Owens, who caught 10 passes for 174 yards and a touchdown in the Nov. 4 game at hostile Lincoln Financial Field. Owens agreed the Eagles' notoriously aggressive defense likely will bring extra pass rushers against the Cowboys' offensive line, which held Trent Cole (11½) without a sack.

"They really don't have anything to lose and everything to gain," Owens said. "I'm sure they're going to try to double-team me a lot and probably try to disrupt our offense with a lot of blitzing schemes. We've just got to be on top of our game and just try to go out and execute and pick up the blitzes."

Romo has found other receivers with Owens blanketed by double coverage. Jason Witten benefited last Sunday with a franchise-record 15 catches, including the game-winning touchdown against Detroit.

Neutralizing the blitz is another task.

"Teams that have tried to rush us, we've made them pay for it," head coach Wade Phillips said. "Then they try to back off in coverage and we're able to execute well against that, too. You have to protect your quarterback, No. 1, and you have to be able to throw against the blitz. And if you can't, then you're going to be in trouble."

Troy Hambrick Facing Charges

A federal grand jury indicted former Cowboys running back Troy Hambrick on drug charges last week, according to the St. Petersburg Times. Hambrick reportedly is accused of selling crack cocaine on three occasions during the month of September, and could face between five and 20 years in federal prison if convicted.

Hambrick, who has been out of the NFL since 2004, signed a contract with the Arena Football League's Utah Blaze in November but was released by the team Wednesday, according to the paper.

Hambrick played five NFL seasons in Dallas and Arizona, mostly as Emmitt Smith's backup. He rushed for 972 yards and five touchdowns as the Cowboys' starting running back in 2003 after the Cowboys released Emmitt Smith in Bill Parcells' first year as head coach.

Hambrick's brother, Darren, also played linebacker for the Cowboys from 1998-2000.

Short Shots

The New Orleans Saints signed yet another former Cowboys player this week: Kicker Martin Gramatica, who will replace injured Olindo Mare. Gramatica made 7 of 9 field goals for the Cowboys last season and was released off injured reserve by the Cowboys on Sept. 25 . . . The Cowboys' 16 NFC East titles are the most of any team in the division. Washington and Philadelphia are tied for second with seven championships . . . Jason Witten (80 catches) is only the seventh tight end in NFL history to top 60 catches in four consecutive years.

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