Tony Romo often has been criticized for his inability to win big games -- the price to pay for the high expectations of being the quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys.

But Romo always has been able to point to his numbers to back up his play.

He never has had a passer rating under 91.4 during his six previous seasons as a starter, and his career 95.9 mark is fourth behind only Tom Brady, Steve Young and Aaron Rodgers.

But this year Romo isn't putting up his normal gaudy numbers. After throwing 10 or fewer interceptions the last three years, Romo has thrown a pick in six straight games, and he already has nine after five games this season. And his passer rating is a career-low 82.1.

With just one career postseason victory, Romo may not be able survive a down year.

If the Cowboys (2-3) fail to make the postseason for a third straight season, it could be time for Dallas to look for a new quarterback.

- Jeffrey Tomik