Surely even Jerry Jones knows not to ruin a winning Cowboys formula

Tony Romo is hailed for his brilliant football mind, but Dak Prescott is resulting a casting in Dallas that cant stop winning

One of the things the Dallas Cowboys have always loved about Tony Romo is his football mind. Three years ago he played a significant role in developing the teams offense, doing far more than most quarterbacks by sitting in most of the coaches offensive installing meetings during that offseason. Few quarterbacks have the patience or the understanding to attend those endless sessions and help design the offense. In the Cowboys offices he is seen as a football genius even if this grandeur doesnt always appear in the waning moments of the most important point games.

But now that the broken bone in Romos back has recovered and Jerry Jones has said Romo will have his starting undertaking back when healthy, the Cowboys should consider leaving Romo on the sideline where he can serve as an extra coach for Dak Prescott. For no matter how wonderful Romo is at breaking down tape and depicting plays on a whiteboard, Dallas should not pull Prescott. Their future quarterback should probably remain their current quarterback.

What hasnt he done? Thrown into one of the most-scrutinized roles in sports quarterback of the Cowboys with little time to prepare, the rookie Prescott has been outstanding. He has led Dallas to a 5-1 record no one expected them to have when Romo went down late in the preseason. He has hurled seven touchdowns for merely one interception, and his passer rating has been over 100 for five straight weeks. Rookies dont do this often. They really dont do it when they have been dumped into the starting line-up days before the seasons start.

After the Cowboys beat Green Bay 30 -1 6 on Sunday even Jones wasnt ready to hand the job back to Romo, avoiding questions on who will be starting at quarterback following the teams bye next week.

What I think we do is wait until the next card is played, Jones said. A few moments afterward he was even less specific: Id hate to end up with two winning quarterbacks and a tough decision as to “whos going to” win video games, he said and then winked.

His Cowboys are in first place in the NFC East and definitely sounds like Super Bowl contenders, a known fact that startled even Jones as he stood in the locker room beneath Lambeau Field early Sunday evening. Im surprised that we are playing as well as weve played, he said. How can anyone change this by inserting Romo into the success that has come behind Prescott? These are not hard times, Jones said.

And yet they are. One wrong move can destroy everything, especially with Dallass rival, Washington, merely a game behind at 4-2. Right now the Cowboys are playing with confidence, outscoring adversaries by 52 phases, the fourth-best rate in the league. But their wins behind Prescott are more squad victories than individual monuments. The Cowboys have been conservative with him, putting him in those instances where he can be confident. So far that has worked, but there will come a period when it doesnt, when teams will build moving the ball difficult and where reference is will have passes intercepted. Dallas can return to Romo then. For now, they should ride the one who has get them to a place they never imagined theyd be. Why ruin a winning formula? Surely even Jerry Jones knows that.

Quote of the week

Hes as knowledgable about that as he is about foreign policy

Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman was cornered by geekwire.com after an event in Seattle on Friday and was asked what he made of Donald Trumps remarks about the NFLs concussion laws being soft . Sherman was patently not impressed by Trumps supposes. Then again, Sherman has never been a Tom Brady when it comes to the presidential candidate.

Sherman transferred his fury toward his defensive team-mates and defensive coordinator Kris Richard after Atlantas Julio Jones scored on a 36 -yard touchdown reception on Sunday. When Richard tackled Sherman about the score, seemingly connoting the miscommunication that allowed the touchdown was Shermans fault, the cornerback exploded, hurling his helmet to the turf and screaming at Richard. When team-mates tried to intervene he screamed at them too.

Apparently the whole workout worked. Despite allowing Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan to hurl for 335 yards and three touchdowns, the Seahawks came back from a 24 -1 7 fourth one-quarter deficit to win 26 -2 4, albeit after a controversial call at the end of video games. The winning field goal was set up by Shermans tip of a pass to Jones that then ricochetted into the hands of team-mate Earl Thomas for an interception.

Gif of the week

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EXCLUSIVE highlight of Malcolm’s pick. #FlyEaglesFly pic.twitter.com/ AiP7FYe 3Nf

October 16, 2016

The NFL, with television ratings tumbling, put out an edict to their teams last week banning them from turning highlightings into gifs on their social media feeds during games. But there are ways to get around the rule as the Eagles proved during their game at Washington. Cant show the real highlight of Malcolm Jenkins interception of a Kirk Cousins pass that he returned for a touchdown? Its nothing that an old game of electric football cant fix.

Unfortunately for the Eagles, their creativity did not extend to their offense, which is now being shut down by an aggressive defense Their two touchdowns came on Jenkins pick six and a commencement return. They lost 27 -2 0.

Gif of the week II

The 75% humidity and a strong first half by the Dolphins offense was apparently too much for Steelers linebacker Lawrence Timmons to bear. He dropped to his knees and regurgitated an afternoons worth of Gatorade, which gauging by the amount of fluid that passed from his stomach and up through his facemask, was more than a couple of Dixie Cups. But at least Timmons was not alone: the Steelers entire performance against the Dolphins was stomach churning,

Ben Roethlisberger hurled for merely 189 yards, was intercepted twice and hobbled off the field not long before halftime with what turned out to be a torn meniscus an injury that will set him out until at least early November. He returned to the game but Pittsburgh appeared dreadful in giving up 474 yards and converting on just three of 11 third downs.

Stat of the week

302. The number of career touchdown pass thrown by Giants quarterback Eli Manning, putting him past John Elway for seventh-place on the all-time list. Yes, John Elway. Hall of Fame John Elway. Manning, who came into Sundays 27 -2 3 victory over Baltimore with just five touchdowns this season, is some way behind No6, Fran Tarkington, who has 342. Not amazingly, Elis big brother Peyton is No1 with 539 touchdowns. But who would have imagined that Eli a player with clear flaws would pass Peytons last boss in simply his 13 th season ?

Fantasy player of the week

Imagine the poor fool in your fiction league who was forced to start Rams quarterback Case Keenum on Sunday. You probably chuckled at their fate, rolling your eyes at the ridiculousness of dumping a quarterback who put up a passer rating of 67.7 in Los Angeless loss to Buffalo last week. So imagine your fantasy contenders surprise when Keenum rocketed pass all over Detroits Ford Field, completing 27 -of-3 2 hurls for 321 yards in a 31 -2 8 loss to the Lions. Especially nice were those three touchdowns against one interception for a rating of 126. 7. Very quietly, the Rams are 3-3.

Elsewhere around the league

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Cam Newton couldnt prevented the Panthers from falling to another defeat. Photograph: Sean Gardner/ Getty Images

– What is wrong with the Carolina Panthers? This outstrips even the trite Super Bowl hangover tag often thrown out to describe a squad that fights after they play for the title. Carolinas 1-5 start cant be dismissed with a simple shrug of the shoulders and wave of the hand. Letting cornerback Josh Norman go might have been a mistake in retrospect, but even Norman wouldnt have been able to keep New Orleans from putting up 523 yards in their 41 -3 8 win on Sunday. Cam Newton has been beaten up this year, with at the least one concussion and yet he still hurled for 322 yards and two touchdowns while running for another. Largely, it seems Carolina lack cohesion. Now they have tumbled to last place in the NFC South, tied with Chicago and San Francisco for the worst record in the conference.

– Tom Brady played his first home game in Foxboro this year and immediately restored order for the Patriots by hurling Rob Gronkowski his first touchdown pass of the year in New Englands 35 -1 7 victory over Cincinnati. Brady had two other touchdown passes and hurled for 376 yards. Cincinnati, preseason favorites to win the AFC North, fell to 2-4.

– Marcus Mariota is showing signs of growth as an NFL quarterback. Sunday, he threw for 284 yards and three touchdowns in Tennessees 28 -2 6 home victory over Cleveland. This pushed the Titans to a respectable 3-3. The Browns, however, tumbled to an nasty 0-6. Still, the news was not all bad for Cleveland. Rookie quarterback Cody Kessler had his best game so far in the NFL completing 26 -of-4 1 pass for 336 yards and two touchdowns.

– Hapless Jacksonville held on to beat hapless Chicago 17 -1 6 in perhaps the days worst game. Blake Bortles hit Arrelious Benn on a 51 -yard touchdown pass late in the game to give the Jags their second victory of the year, negating the 302 yard passing day of 1-5 Bears fill-in quarterback Brian Hoyer.

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