Dak Prescott has won three straight games for the Dallas Cowboys and has looked mighty good while doing so. In fact, he’s the only quarterback in the NFL to have thrown 130+ passes this season without an interception.
What does that mean for Tony Romo? Well, it means he should be a little nervous right now.
“I think you have to have the conversation, but I would play Romo (when he’s back) – and I think you have to have the conversation because of the way Prescott is playing,” NFL Network analyst Charley Casserly said on CBS Sports Radio’s The Doug Gottlieb Show. “We’re past the point where this is an accident now. This is three preseason games he played in and four regular season games he’s played in. He’s been remarkably consistent in all of the games. There are times in the last two games where he’s had some inconsistency with accuracy and maybe some decisions, but overall, his instincts to run it and throw it and where to throw it have been very good – and they were good yesterday.”
Prescott threw for 245 yards and two touchdowns in a 24-17 road over the 49ers.
“Now we know he’s got a good offensive line and they’re helping, and Ezekiel Elliott is helping, so it’s making the game easier for him,” Casserly said. “But you still have to make the decisions and be accurate with the football – and those are the two things he’s doing.”
Sticking in the NFC, the Panthers and Cardinals are both off to disappointing 1-3 starts. Carolina lost close games to Denver and Minnesota, but the wheels came completely off Sunday, as Matt Ryan and Julio Jones posted the first 500-300 game in NFL history, as Atlanta won, 48-33.
“They won last year for a number of reasons,” Casserly said of the Panthers, “but they had a dominant running game – one of the best running games in football – that carried Cam Newton into the passing game. If the running game isn’t clicking, Cam – against real good defenses, to this day – is still going to have trouble reading coverages and dealing with multiple looks and things like that. That’s kind of well-documented.”
Playing man-to-man coverage on Julio Jones wasn’t a great idea, either. Jones torched the Panthers to the tune of 12 catches for 300 yards and a touchdown.
“They don’t have a guy that can cover Julio Jones,” Casserly said. “Josh Norman got torched by him last year.”
Arizona, meanwhile, lost 17-13 to Los Angeles on Sunday. The Cardinals have averaged just 17.3 points in their losses this season.
“People have figured out how to play them,” Casserly said. “Sometimes you can get away with things in one season that you don’t get away with the next. They’re a deep-ball team, so New England played two safeties deep. We’re going to take the deep ball away, make you march down the field and be patient, (which is) something Carson Palmer isn’t necessarily always. So the lack of consistency on getting the ball downfield (is a problem). Last year, they got the big plays. They’re not getting them this year.”