Dallas Cowboys: Tilt With Eagles Will Prove Dak Prescott’s Fate

Aug 19, 2016; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) and quarterback Tony Romo (9) talk during the pregame warmups against the Miami Dolphins at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Cowboys keep winning, but the question everyone’s wondering is overshadowing their success.

Dak or Tony? Tony or Dak?

Dez caught it or not? No, not getting into that, never mind.

Tony Romo, the Cowboys’ No. 1 signal-caller for the past 11 seasons, has been sidelined with a compression fracture in his back since Aug. 25. Since then, the NFL world has seen Dak Prescott, the interim QB, lead them to a 5-1 record and atop the NFC East.

Speculation believes Romo will become available near their Week 9 matchup with the Browns, and obviously that’s just a couple weeks away, which means a decision will disrupt the air down in Dallas real soon. Prescott continues to brand this as “Tony’s team,” but that’s not up to him to decide.

“This is Tony’s team,” Prescott said. “I knew that going into the situation. I think everybody knew that. I’m just trying to do the best I can to give my team a chance to win week in and week out.”

And week in and week out Prescott keeps piling up the dubs and garnering more and more recognition as these weeks pass. It’s almost as if the team is rallying around Prescott, and it’s a bond that if altered could forecast the rest of the Cowboys’ season.

Owner Jerry Jones is downplaying the whole ordeal and viewing it as a major positive for his ball club.

“We’ve got a great situation here,” Jones said on CBS Sports Radio affiliate 105.3 the Fan in Dallas. I just have to pinch myself to think about it. We’ve got Dak Prescott, who’s playing at a level that is very capable of winning these games. We’ve got the future every time he walks out there. We’ve got the optimism of the future. It’s inspiring. It’s inspiring this team. And then we have, in my mind, one of the very top quarterbacks in the league as well.”

Nonetheless, as the public keeps teeter-tottering at who should rein as the Cowboys’ QB, Prescott’s Week 8 performance against the Philadelphia Eagles will ultimately make or break that eventual question mark.

If Prescott, who broke the NFL record for most consecutive passing attempts without an interception to start his career, is able to defeat arguably their biggest divisional foe on Sunday night, and effortlessly do it, there’s no doubt he may solidify his starting bid. There’s just no justified reason to remove that from him.

Some may see Romo’s ability and experience giving Dallas a better chance at a Super Bowl in the long run, and it’s hard to argue that as well. Romo’s best chance to get back into the swing of things would certainly be that Week 9 matchup with Cleveland, too. So, really, there’s no right or wrong decision here.

However, in terms of camaraderie and momentum, if Prescott adds another win to his résumé, he’s earned the right to replace Romo. If and when Prescott runs into any hardships down the road, there’s always the option of re-inserting Romo, should that time present itself.

It’s undoubtedly a tough call, but one Dallas will have to make, and one that may already be made after Week 8.

“I look at it in two ways, how Dak is evolving, how it is evolving now, not necessarily in the future, but in the future, so all of those things come to play,” Jones said on 105.3 The Fan’s G-Bag Nation show [KRLD-FM]. “But I would say that there is nothing simple about this.”

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