Jerry Jones: Dak Prescott to start next week

When the Dallas Cowboys travel to Cleveland next weekend to take on the winless Browns, rookie quarterback Dak Prescott will be under center, at least according to team owner Jerry Jones, who cited injured quarterback Tony Romo’s health as the primary factor in the decision. The answer leaves open room for ambiguity about just who will be the starter once Romo is cleared to play, as the Cowboys moved into a two-game lead atop the NFC East division.

It was not all that pretty, but Prescott improved to 6-1 as the starter on Sunday night after defeating the division-rival Philadelphia Eagles in overtime, 29-23. He finished the night just 19-for-39 passing, but threw for 287 yards and two touchdowns, while tossing his second interception of the season. He also carried the ball seven times for 38 yards and another score. It was the second consecutive three-touchdown week for Prescott, who has now thrown for nine scores and rushed for another four in his first seven games.

The debate rages on in Dallas over who the starting quarterback should be, despite the team’s 6-1 record. Rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott is taking the Offensive Rookie of the Year Award and running away and hiding with it with how dominant he has been, leaving Dallas to figure out who will be handing the ball of to him.

Prescott exceeded the 32-pass attempts mark only on opening week prior to Sunday, which was due in large part to the nature of the game. He’s still yet to throw for 300 yards in any single game, but has only thrown two interceptions in his first 221 pass attempts.

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