Will Romo reign in Dallas palace?

ARLINGTON, Texas - Cheer up, Tony Romo. Jake Delhomme knows exactly how it feels.

Those frustrating interceptions. All the griping fans.

Maybe they'll talk about it tonight during warm-ups before Romo and the Dallas Cowboys play Delhomme and the Carolina Panthers.

Or maybe they don't have to discuss it. Both have been around long enough to know the drill.

"When the good comes, it's too good," Delhomme said. "When the bad comes, hey, it's bad."

"It's just a part of playing quarterback in the National Football League," Romo said. "Everybody goes through it. If you haven't, then you're probably not a very good quarterback."

Romo opened the season with a brilliant game against Tampa Bay, throwing for more yards than ever in his first game of the post-Terrell Owens era. There wasn't much shelf life to that performance, however. In the spotlight of last weekend's opener of Cowboys Stadium, he threw three interceptions, each turning into a touchdown for the New York Giants, who won with a field goal as time expired.

Delhomme's season has gone the other way. He opened with an ugly outing, throwing four interceptions and losing a fumble in a wipeout loss to the Eagles, then bounced back with a nice performance against Atlanta.

Well, the first 57 minutes were pretty good. Then he threw an interception near the end zone when the Panthers needed a touchdown and two-point conversion to tie the score. It was Delhomme's fifth interception of the season, matching the five he had in a playoff loss that ended last season. Throw in a pair of lost fumbles over those games and his ugly totals are 12 turnovers in the last 12 quarters.

After going 12-4 and winning the NFC South last season, the Panthers are in jeopardy of being 0-3 for the first time since 1998, when they started 0-7. While teams rebound from 0-2 to make the playoffs pretty often, they rarely do from 0-3.

 


Tonight's Game

Panthers at Cowboys

8:30, Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas.

TV: ESPN

Line: Cowboys by 81/2.

The skinny: A week after his best statistical game, Tony Romo followed it up with three costly interceptions. Must have been an awkward conversation with Jerry Jones after Romo spoiled the grand opening of the owner's palace. Carolina lost again last week but cut down the turnovers from seven to two. Baby steps.