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Romo: Smart matchup

Updated: 1:25 p.m.

Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo had the early bead on Line of the Day Wednesday in his conference call with the Cincinnati-area media. Told it could be a QB matchup Sunday of Romo and Eastern Illinois vs. Fitzpatrick and Harvard, Romo said, "The two smartest schools in America."

Romo's relationship with wide receiver Terrell Owens is under scrutiny after Owens griped following Sunday's loss to the Redskins. Whoever would have thunk it?

Owens is going off at 3-1 and the Bengals' Chad Ocho Cinco is upbeat at 0-4?

You could have sworn Romo on Monday sounded like Palmer all last year.

"We're fine. Stuff like that is what people want to talk about outside the locker room," Romo said. "Everybody is frustrated after a loss. That's part of being competitors. We don't take losses lightly and that's part of the reason we feel like we're not just going out there and accept that we didn't win."

Romo spent four years working against Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer's schemes in Dallas and isn't surprised Cincinnati has numbers like 19th in total defense and 17th in scoring defense.

"I like Mike. He has a good mind, good coach," Romo said. "I knew once he went there they were going to turn it around a little bit and play good defensive football. They do a good job. They play fast, they get to their spot and fundamentally don't make mistakes.

"I think that's a huge key on defense. Sometimes you take a lot of risk, you do a lot of different things that put their guys in bad position and Mike never does that."

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