Call it the Romo Factor.
Seems like everyone has tunnel vision on Dallas quarterback Tony Romo heading into the Cowboys' game Sunday with Arizona. It might also be a good idea to focus on the Cardinals, who have the NFC's best record at 6-1 and despite injuries of their own are finding ways to prosper.
Sure, Romo's injury is a big story in Big D and elsewhere, particularly after he injured his back on national television last Monday night – then returned to the game. His status being uncertain for this huge matchup deserves some headlines, as well.
And so do the Cardinals (6-1). The previous time they had sole possession of the best record in NFC this late in an NFL season was Week 11 of 1974. They lived in St. Louis then and were 7-0.
This superb start has occurred despite a slew of injuries.
Clutch performances and brilliant coaching have been at the heart of Arizona's success.
To improve their spotless conference record to 5-0, the Cardinals must slow down Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray. He has an NFL record eight straight 100-yard rushing games to start season.
But the Cardinals haven't allowed a 100-yard rusher in 17 straight outings.