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Saturday, December 8, 2012
Opposing voice: Bengals QB Andy Dalton

By Todd Archer

IRVING, Texas -- Growing up in Katy, Texas, Cincinnati quarterback Andy Dalton wasn’t really a Cowboys fan.

“I followed them," Dalton said of the Cowboys. "Growing up I didn't really have a team that was my team. I definitely followed them some. Just being from Texas, they're obviously one of the big teams in Texas. And for a while, they were the only team in Texas when I was growing up.”

Dalton, who played at TCU, and Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo have gotten to know each other over the years. During the NFL lockout leading into Dalton’s rookie year, they got together a handful of times.

“He's a really good player,” Dalton said. “He does a lot of making guys miss in the pocket, moving around. He's one of the best at that -- improvising when things don't work exactly how you want them to.”

Dalton led the Bengals to the playoffs last year and he has them in contention again this season. Like Romo, he has done a better job protecting the ball of late. He had at least one interception in the first eight games, but in Cincinnati’s four-game winning streak he has 10 touchdowns and just two interceptions.

“He’s done a good job,” Romo said. “I’ve talked to Andy a few times in the offseason. He comes back. He’s around here. He’s a nice guy. He’s definitely got some ability, so he’s doing a really good job for them.”