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Romo wants to be right at home this time

The Dallas Cowboys' quarterback took the blame for last week's loss to the New York Giants. Tonight, he hopes to christen the team's palatial new stadium with a regular-season victory.

September 28, 2009|Sam Farmer

Tony Romo was fast and loose with the football last week. But after arguably the worst game of his career, at least the Dallas Cowboys' quarterback held tight to his sense of accountability.

"I felt I was to blame and I deserve everything that comes after that," he told reporters days after his 127-yard, three-interception passing performance in a 33-31 loss to the New York Giants.

"I have to play better, and like I said, I'm going to play better. For me, that's the way it is. It's clear. It's pretty cut and dried."

Tonight, Romo gets a chance at redemption. The Cowboys, who have yet to christen their palatial new stadium with a regular-season victory, play host to 0-2 Carolina in their second consecutive prime-time game.

The Panthers have been even more careless with the ball, entering Week 3 at minus-five in turnover ratio. Quarterback Jake Delhomme, who had a horrendous game in a 38-10 defeat to Philadelphia in the opener, looked better in last Sunday's 28-20 loss at Atlanta. He threw for 308 yards with a touchdown and an interception.

Carolina is 0-2 for the first time since 2006, and only the second time in the era of Coach John Fox. The previous 0-2 Panthers team finished 8-8 and missed the playoffs.

One of the Cowboys' best offensive weapons, running back Marion Barber, is listed as questionable with a thigh injury. Fortunately for Dallas, the team is deep at the position, with Felix Jones and Tashard Choice ready to shoulder the load if Barber cannot.

Cowboys Coach Wade Phillips is proceeding with caution.

Phillips said of Barber: "I don't want him to be in a situation where, No. 1, he could be hurt worse and you lose him for a longer amount of time."

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sam.farmer@latimes.com

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