Throughout their history, the Dallas Cowboys have thrived in controversial situations. They are about to have one of the biggest ones of the NFL season.
The Dallas Cowboys will have rookie quarterback Dak Prescott under center at least one more game according to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, but after this Sunday, Tony Romo will be ready, and it will be time to determine what to do at quarterback.
Romo officially returned to practice in limited fashion Thursday, and the four-time Pro Bowler will be ready for Week 9 against the Browns. The 36-year-old has been very injury prone in recent years, and his days are obviously numbered, but the success of the Cowboys when he’s been under center since 2014 is undeniable.
Dallas is 16-5 in Romo’s last 21 starts, including the postseason. In 2014, he made the Pro Bowl, completing a league-high 69.9 percent of his passes for 3,705 yards. Romo also led the league with a 8.5 yards per attempt average that year, as the Cowboys won the NFC East with a 12-4 record.
However, for the first time in a while, the Cowboys have seen a quality backup step in and hold the fort while their starting signal caller was sidelined. Prescott is 5-1 this season, having won each of his last five games. He has completed 68.7 percent of his passes and averaged 8.2 yards per attempt. The only other quarterback in the NFL with a completion percentage above 68 percent and a yards per attempt average greater than 8.0 is Tom Brady.
Prescott also has 10 total touchdowns and just one interception.
If Prescott struggles or the Cowboys lose versus Philadelphia, it would be easier for Dallas to make the switch, especially with Cleveland up next. That would allow Romo to be eased back into the lineup. But if Prescott impresses and Dallas moves to 6-1, it’s going to be tough justifying benching the rookie.