Dak or Romo? There is no concern in Dallas.
When Tony Romo went down in the third preseason game due to another back injury, no one would have thought that the Dallas Cowboys would be looking at a 5-1 record, leading the division, under rookie quarterback, Dak Prescott. Along with rookie running back, Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas has not missed a beat on offense while Romo, along with veteran wide receiver Dez Bryant, stay sidelined while recovering from injuries.
We are not going into the 7th week in the NFL season and Dallas will be on its bye week. The first game back after the bye week will be against Philadelphia on Sunday Night Football, the game that Romo had been setting as a return date from his back injury. Although it seems that the decision has been made to go to Dak as the starter in 2 weeks, the big question is who should they go with at quarterback?
Dak has arguably been an early MVP candidate through the first 6 games, showing no rookie mistakes, playing smart, and taking advantage of the offense that has been put around him. His confidence has been gaining every week since the week 1 loss to the Giants. Last game he went into Lambeau and defeated the Packers on the road, which is one of the most difficult tasks that you can ask from a rookie quarterback. It’s not just like Dallas has had a cupcake schedule to start the year either. They had a strong win week 2 on the road versus a 4-2 Redskins team, and they had a dominating victory over a Bengals team in week 5, who has had one of the strongest defenses in the league over the past couple years. The team is rolling right now so Dallas’ best bet could be to keep the momentum going, and continue to have Dak start until he starts coming back down to earth.
On the other hand, you have a top 10 veteran quarterback in Romo that could be returning to the starting lineup in 2 weeks’ time. Yes, Dak has looked impressive so far through his first 6 games in the NFL, but Dak has been placed under an offense that should succeed. Dak has been able to play safe when passing, with Zeke giving them huge gains through the running game, and an offensive line that gives him all day to find an open receiver down field. Many of his targets so far this year have been directed towards Jason Witten and Cole Beasley, which shows that he is dumping the ball off to the secondary options outside of the primary wide receivers. Romo, on the other hand, has already proven in the past that he passes the ball with more accuracy, and can read the defense better to audible the ball. With Romo under center, this team has the potential for a lot of big plays in the passing game. When healthy, Romo can lead this team down the field in clutch situations, and is truly one of the leaders that the team loves to revolve around.
Although this will be one of the most difficult decisions for the Dallas cowboys to decide who they want at quarterback, there is truly no concern with which one they decided to go forward with. Looking at their remaining schedule, this team should have no problem making the playoffs. In the next 3 weeks, they play an Eagles team that has proven they are not as good as their schedule says, the Cleveland Browns, and a Steelers team that could be without Big Ben under center. Right there, they could easily be 8-1 with either quarterback under center. Outside of a tough road game against the Vikings later in the year, Dallas should be considered favorites in the majority of their games going forward this year. This team should truly not finish any worse than 11-5 at the end of the year, and that is at worst. Dak or Romo, this team is built to be a contender in the playoffs.