Amer­ica’s team stick with rookie

The Myanmar Times - - Sport -

DAK Prescott, who has guided Dal­las to the NFL’s best record at 8-1 in his first pro­fes­sional sea­son, will start for the Cow­boys against Bal­ti­more on Novem­ber 20 with long­in­jured Tony Romo slated for back-up duty.

Romo has not been ready to play all sea­son af­ter suf­fer­ing a com­pound frac­ture in his back in a pre-sea­son game last Au­gust, but he is ex­pected to be ready next week­end.

But with Prescott rolling on an eight-game win streak, the Cow­boys do not want to mess with the good thing, espe­cially with Dal­las among the ti­tle con­tenders af­ter only one win­ning sea­son in the past six cam­paigns.

“We are go­ing to let the de­ci­sion make it­self,” Cow­boys owner and gen­eral man­ager Jerry Jones said. “Dak has got a hot hand, and we’re go­ing to go with it.

“Right now he has got a lot of chem­istry go­ing. We’ll look at some­thing else when the time comes.”

The Cow­boys have not gone beyond the sec­ond round of the play­offs since win­ning the Su­per Bowl in 1996.

Prescott has com­pleted 67 per­cent of his passes for 2339 yards with 14 touch­downs and only two in­ter­cep­tions. The NFL new­comer com­pleted 22 of 32 passes for 319 yards and two touch­down passes in a vic­tory last week­end over Pitts­burgh.

“It’s just go­ing with the ob­vi­ous,” Jones said. “You are go­ing with how the team is do­ing right now. It must not be ob­vi­ous be­cause I get asked about it ev­ery time I open my mouth. It’s not hard. It’s not hard at all. Tony would make the same de­ci­sion. That’s what you do.”

Romo, 36, took part in full work­outs last week for the first time af­ter two weeks with limited prac­tice.

“I think the longer [Prescott] plays like this, the more we have a chance to have an­other win,” Jones said. “Ev­ery­body here wants to do only re­ally one thing, is win.”

Jones said Romo where he stands.

“There’s no­body hap­pier for our suc­cess, be­cause it’s his suc­cess, and good things will hap­pen for him,” Jones said of Romo. “He’s ready. He had a great week.” – un­der­stands

Photo: AFP

Dak Prescott (cen­tre) of the Dal­las Cow­boys lofts a deep ball dur­ing the game against the Pitts­burgh Steelers at Heinz Field on Novem­ber 13. He’s led the Cow­boys to the NFL’s best record in his rookie sea­son.

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