ARLINGTON, TX (AP) - It doesn't much matter to Arizona whether Tony Romo or Brandon Weeden starts for the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday. The Cardinals are coming after the quarterback.
Just like Washington did when sending Romo to the locker room with his third back injury in 18 months.
Romo returned and finished the overtime loss to the Redskins on Monday. But lingering effects of damage to his surgically repaired back could push the decision on playing the 34-year-old against the Cardinals all the way to game time Sunday.
Washington repeatedly overloaded on the pass rush, sacking Romo a season-high five times, and the secondary held up well enough for the risky approach to work.
"I think I would have rather seen them not do it and let us be the one who surprised them with it, maybe," Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said. "They were successful the other night. (Dallas is) going to watch our tape and see that we're very similar."
The Redskins snapped the first six-game winning streak for the Cowboys (6-2) since 2007, stopping Romo when he returned for the final Dallas drive of regulation, and again in the extra period after taking a 20-17 lead.
The Cardinals (6-1) had done the Cowboys a favor by beating NFC East rival Philadelphia 24-20 a day earlier on Carson Palmer's 75-yard touchdown pass to rookie John Brown. The NFC West leaders have sole possession of the best record in the NFC for the first time since 1974, and now get a chance to go 2 for 2 against the best in the NFC East.
"I think ... we have really the right mix of old guys and young guys and in-between guys," Palmer said. "Old guys that are leaders and old guys that just come to work every day and grind it out, and young guys that follow the right guys. The team is really well-built."