Romo has a 10-9 lifetime record against Big Blue, but lost the only postseason meeting between the two teams (2007) and had his 2010 season cut short by a vicious hit from Giants LB Michael Boley that shattered his collarbone.
But Romo remains a constant source of anxiety for the Giants and their fans. At 35, he is still searching for that elusive trip to the Super Bowl. With perhaps the best offensive line in the game in front of him, 2015 could be the year Romo goes deep into the playoffs and beyond.
"When you don’t win the Super Bowl, it’s never as good a year compared to the one team that does," Romo said onWednesday. "I feel like every team in the league, there’s always expectations for every football team before the season starts. What happens then is you either meet or exceed those expectations or you’re below them. It doesn’t matter.... I just figure if you haven’t won the Super Bowl, you didn’t win it the year before, then you probably didn’t finish the season the way you wanted to."
Romo will be facing a Giants defense that, to put it lightly, has undergone major construction the past two seasons. Gone are the remnants of those championship Giants teams, replaced by high draft picks and odds and ends.
One player that has tortured Romo in the past is DE Jason Pierre-Paul. Surprisingly, Romo did not know the latest on JPP and was unaware that the Giants DE was not on the active roster.
"He is out?" asked Romo. "Okay. Well then I guess it’s a little bit of a situation where you feel like you always come to the line finding where Pierre-Paul is and he’s been a great player for a long time for them. He’s very disruptive, but like anybody in football knows, if I’m out or anybody else is out, the games go on, and that’s just a part of playing in the NFL. Believe me, if you take anything for granted or any team, you’re going to walk away very disappointed if you underestimate them. I think the Giants, when you watch the tape, you look at them, and they’re still doing some good things. They’re doing them a little differently, they’re going to pressure a little bit more, but ultimately, it’s just more of the coordinator’s decision on how they feel about that."
Romo did not practice on Wednesday, which was part of a new initiative for Dallas to keep him and his chronically ailing back healthier. But he's ready to attack the Giants this week. The Giants are getting ready for him, too. He spoke about what he expects come Sunday.
"Well I think you don’t want to get too caught up necessarily," Romo said. "In games like these, I found in the past…to guess what they’re trying to do throughout the game. I think you just want to rely on your rules, go out there and play the game, and trust what you see...I went back eight years, I think, and have seen, I played against [Steve] Spagnuolo a number of times, he's a great coordinator, and he’s going to give you a lot of trouble. He likes to get in some of these shell coverage blitzes and dogs. I think he’s just a pressure guy at heart and he can provide great challenges to the opposing quarterback, so it’ll be a great test for us."
It's always entertaining when these two clubs face off, but it's beginning to look like Romo has the upper hand this time around. With the pass rush still unproven and the inexperienced back seven still being shuffled around, Romo could be just a little too much for this new version of the Giants defense to stop.