You may not think this at first blush, but when Tony Romo went down with a back injury in the preseason, the Dallas Cowboys wanted a quarterback controversy. Why? Because that would mean Dak Prescott was playing well and that the Cowboys were winning games.
Well, they’ve won four straight.
Yet, while the Cowboys will have a tough decision on their hands later this season, Phil Simms doesn’t think they’ll have to make it anytime soon.
“I just don’t see how that’s plausible (for Romo to return in a few weeks),” the CBS lead NFL analyst said on CBS Sports Radio’s The Doug Gottlieb Show. “With his injuries – he’s got two of them he’s dealing with – and the rehab process really hasn’t even started for him yet. Then you’ve got to get in shape, then you’ve got to start doing the football stuff, you need practice time – so we’re looking way down the road. But hey, they’ll find a way to make this work. If the Cowboys are winning and Dak Prescott is playing well, (they’ll say) ‘Tony Romo probably needs another couple weeks.’ So they’ll keep delaying that decision and they’ll go from there.”
Prescott was 18-of-24 for 227 yards and two touchdowns (one pass, one rush) in the Cowboys 28-14 win over the Bengals on Sunday.
“Right now, it’s better in person than it is on TV,” Simms said of Prescott’s play. “I met him, so that kind of changes your thought process, too. Boy, he’s meant to be a quarterback. You can tell that. But he made three or four plays in the game from the pocket (that were) big time, (where he read coverages) and he immediately found the next guy deep down the field for some completions. (I was) very, very impressed with those plays.”
Dallas (4-1) plays the Packers (3-1) in Green Bay this Sunday at 4:25 p.m. ET.
Elsewhere in the NFC, the Atlanta Falcons surprised the NFL world this past weekend, beating the Broncos in Denver, 23-16. Matt Ryan threw for 267 yards and a touchdown, Devonta Freeman ran for 88 yards and a score, and Tevin Coleman caught four balls for 132 yards and a score.
“I’ll say this: That was a good matchup yesterday with the Falcons,” Simms said. “You don’t think that when you play the Denver Broncos, but their running scheme can get complicated. People have not challenged (Denver’s) run defense enough. The Atlanta Falcons ran the ball, they were patient and they used their running back in different ways to get big plays. They’re a different team than last year, they’re faster on defense, they got more players on defense – so they can rotate them in, which is a huge factor in the NFL – but most of all, they’re used to Kyle Shanahan’s system. I think he’s one of the five best coordinators in the NFL, and their offensive line (has improved). That might be the biggest key of all.”