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Romo hasn't had much help in December

12/6/2009

NEW YORK -- Much has been written about Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo's struggles in the month of December. He has a 5-8 record and he has thrown 14 touchdowns and 19 interceptions while posting a passer rating of 71.9. It's easy to put the blame on him for the Cowboys' struggles during the holidays, but it's also important to note that the team's running game always seems to fade in December as well.

ESPN Stats & Information came up with some revealing numbers, breaking down the month-by-month rushing numbers since Romo took over as the starter in 2006.

That's a pretty remarkable drop during a month when some of the better teams lean on the running game because of poor weather. Cowboys offensive coordinator Jason Garrett has attempted to bring more balance to the offense this season, but it remains to be seen whether he'll commit to the running game in December.

And the Cowboys' defense shouldn't escape blame, either. They've given up an average of 25.7 points per game in December during Romo's tenure. And they've allowed 347.5 yards per game in December, which is 47 more yards than they've allowed in any other month.