ARLINGTON, Texas -- Tony Romo is finally healthy and now he's got a running game, too. Throw in an opportunistic defense and a kicker who hasn't missed since mid-September, and it's clear the Dallas Cowboys are headed in the right direction.
Just ask the Buffalo Bills.
Facing the best team he'll see for a month, Romo guided touchdown drives on his first four series, and Terence Newman returned one of his two interceptions for a touchdown, sending the Cowboys cruising past the Bills, 44-7, yesterday.
Dallas (5-4) won its second straight and could be starting a big surge. Not only were the Cowboys clicking in all phases, they're going into a soft patch on their schedule. Their next three foes went into this weekend a combined 6-18.
"We needed a game like this," tight end Jason Witten said. "This needs to be the foundation of what lies ahead for this team."
The Cowboys scored their most points since Sept. 9, 2007, which was the first game that coach Jason Garrett was coordinating the offense. It also was their most lopsided win since Oct. 22, 2000. This 37-point margin is bigger than any regular-season victory in Dallas with Jimmy Johnson, Bill Parcells or Barry Switzer on the sideline.
Romo put Dallas ahead 21-0 by throwing touchdown passes of 34 yards to Dez Bryant and 58 and 5 yards to Laurent Robinson. He hit his first 13 attempts and finished 23-for-26 (88.5 percent), setting the franchise record for single-game accuracy.
Dallas' DeMarco Murray had 20 carries for 135 yards and a touchdown.
Ryan Fitzpatrick was 20-for-31 for 146 yards and a TD for Buffalo (5-4), which lost its second straight and third in four games.