Cow­boys-Ea­gles meet in clash of rookie QBs

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LOS AN­GE­LES: Dak Prescott leads the Dal­las Cow­boys against Car­son Wentz and the Philadel­phia Ea­gles to­mor­row in an NFL show­down that could mark the start of a long-run­ning quar­ter­back ri­valry. Prescott has been out­stand­ing in place of in­jured Cow­boys sig­nal-caller Tony Romo, rank­ing fifth in the NFL in pass­ing through the first six games, with seven touch­down passes and only one in­ter­cep­tion. He’s taken Dal­las to the top of the NFC East, ahead of the Ea­gles and their own sen­sa­tional rookie QB Wentz.

Wentz, the sec­ond over­all se­lec­tion in the NFL draft, has thrown eight touch­downs with three in­ter­cep­tions since tak­ing the helm in Philadel­phia-who traded vet­eran Sam Brad­ford be­fore the start of the sea­son and opted to hand the reins to their young re­cruit. “It’s ex­cit­ing,” Wentz said of the show­down with Prescott. “It’s ex­cit­ing for him, for me. “Ob­vi­ously it’s go­ing to be played up into some­thing. It’s cool to see an­other young guy like him that I’ve come to know and to see the suc­cess he’s hav­ing.”

But Prescott, who was drafted in the fourth round and went into train­ing camp as the Cow­boys’ third-string quar­ter­back, says it’s not about a duel with Wentz but about get­ting a needed win against a divi­sion foe. “No, it’s the Cow­boys ver­sus the Ea­gles,” Prescott said. “I’m wor­ried about this team, the Cow­boys, and how this team can fin­ish and be re­mem­bered this sea­son.” Prescott be­came the Cow­boys starter af­ter No 2 QB Kellen Moore broke his leg in train­ing camp and vet­eran starter Tony Romo broke a bone in his back in the third pre-sea­son game.

“I think it’s cir­cum­stan­tial,” Ea­gles head coach Doug Ped­er­son said. “But I think some of it too is the fact that these kids, how well they pre­pare, how well they ex­e­cute in pre-sea­son games and in prac­tices that catches the coach’s at­ten­tion, catches the coach’s eye.” Prescott doesn’t know how long he’ll have the reins in Dal­las. Romo took part in a prac­tice for the first time this sea­son on Thurs­day and could con­ceiv­ably be back on the field for a Novem­ber 6 game against Cleve­land.

Prescott has han­dled the fever­ish spec­u­la­tion in Dal­las about a pos­si­ble quar­ter­back con­tro­versy with the same aplomb he’s shown on the field. For as long as he’s asked, he’ll just keep try­ing to pile up wins. This week he’s ex­pected to have the help of re­ceiver Dez Bryant, who missed three games with a hair­line frac­ture in his right knee. Cow­boys rookie run­ning back Ezekiel El­liott leads the league with an av­er­age 117.2 rush­ing yards per game and is the first rookie in NFL his­tory to rush for at least 130 yards in four con­sec­u­tive games.

Pats eye pay­back at Bills

To­mor­row’s ac­tion kicks off in Lon­don, where af­ter a foray to the rugby bas­tion of Twick­en­ham the NFL re­turns to Wem­b­ley with a clash be­tween the Wash­ing­ton Redskins and Cincin­nati Ben­gals. The Oak­land Raiders put their per­fect 4-0 road record on the line at the Tampa Bay Buc­ca­neers and the New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots will try avenge an em­bar­rass­ing 16-0 home de­feat to the Bills when they travel to Buf­falo.

That game four weeks ago marked the first time the Pats had failed to score in a game since 2006. But it also marked the fourth game of su­per­star quar­ter­back Tom Brady’s De­flate­gate sus­pen­sion, with backup Jimmy Garop­polo side­lined by a shoul­der in­jury and third-string rookie Ja­coby Bris­sett get­ting the start de­spite a thumb in­jury. Since Brady’s re­turn New Eng­land have beaten Cleve­land, Cincin­nati and Pitts­burgh by a com­bined 49 points. —


LON­DON: Wash­ing­ton Redskins quar­ter­back Kirk Cousins, cen­tre, takes part in a train­ing ses­sion at Wasps rugby union team train­ing ground. —

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