Cowboys' three WRs hit paydirt again

December, 18, 2011
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TAMPA, Fla. – Tony Romo has found a formula to keep all his wide receivers happy. Just make sure they each get a touchdown a game.

Actually, one of the things that Romo likes best about his receiving corps is that it’s a “selfless” bunch, so he doesn’t have to worry about spreading the wealth to keep guys from complaining. In that respect, it’s just a coincidence that Miles Austin, Dez Bryant and Laurent Robinson had one touchdown catch apiece for the second consecutive game.

There’s a friendly competition, perhaps with a little financial incentive, among the Cowboys’ receivers. The bet is which one will finish the season with the most touchdowns.

Bryant and Robinson are tied at nine right now, a total exceeded by only three receivers so far this season. Austin has six touchdowns despite missing six games due to hamstring strains.

“Our receiving corps’ standard is so high,” said Bryant, who has scored in five of the last six games.

Romo’s standards are pretty high at this point, too. All three of the touchdown passes came after he bought extra time with his feet. According to ESPN Stats and Information, Romo has a league-high 10 touchdowns with no interceptions on throws from outside the pocket.

Not surprisingly, Romo has also been extremely successful recently out of three-receiver sets. In the last eight games, he has thrown for 11 touchdowns and no picks with three or more receivers on the field, completing 66.7 percent of his passes and averaging 8.1 yards per attempt. He was 16-of-20 for 189 yards and three scores in three-receiver formations against the Bucs.

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