Tony Romo for MVP? Take It to the Bank!

Andy EricksonContributor IJuly 23, 2010

ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 09:  Quarterback Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys during the 2010 NFC wild-card playoff game at Cowboys Stadium on January 9, 2010 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Contrary to popular belief, Tony Romo is set for possibly one of the best years of his career.

After proving last season he can win in December, and he can win a playoff game, all signs are pointing toward an MVP-like season in 2010.

All the talk last year for MVP was between fellow quarterbacks Brett Favre of Minnesota, Drew Brees of New Orleans, and Tennessee running back Chris Johnson. Romo had the stats to not only be included in last year's MVP run, but could have also been a favorite.

His 4,483 passing yards last year were more than both Favre and Brees and good enough for third in the league. Romo was also one of only seven quarterbacks in the league last year to throw single-digit interceptions (nine).

Enough about last season. If Romo has ever looked ahead to a season the most, it has to be this one.

With a brand new toy in Dez Bryant and another year under Miles Austin's belt, the 2010 offense could be as potent as the St. Louis Rams' "Greatest Show on Turf" in the early 2000s. And don't forget about the always reliable Jason Witten.

The one guy Romo will really need to step up this year is veteran receiver Roy Williams.

Since coming to Dallas, Williams has been nothing but a disappointment. But with the addition of Bryant, who is projected to line up in the slot, it could give Williams a lot of one-on-one opportunities and a chance to prove he is worth the two first-round draft picks the Cowboys gave up to acquire him.

Austin lined up wide left, Williams wide right, Bryant in the slot, and Witten ready to become opposing linebackers' greatest fear. That offensive combination already has many defensive coordinators trembling.

If Dallas is going to win a Super Bowl in the near future, this is the year.

Romo has tuned down his game to the point where he is still an explosive quarterback, but no longer makes those mistakes that plagued him his first few years.

Dallas in the Super Bowl? That isn't for certain.

But you can take Romo for MVP to the bank.