Judgements: Dak’s all, folks


Dak Prescott photo courtesy of the Dallas Cowboys.

By Clark Judge

Talk of Fame Network

Dak Prescott says the Dallas Cowboys are Tony Romo’s team, but  he’s wrong. They’re his.

Prescott drove that point home again Sunday with a 30-16 upset of the Packers in Green Bay … where it’s difficult for anyone to win, let alone a rookie. But in winning his fifth straight start, Prescott effectively ended the Prescott-Romo debate – with Prescott winning by a TKO.

Cowboys Rams FootballLook, the guy is accurate, doesn’t make mistakes and has learned how to make big plays. More important, he wins. In fact, he wins so much that he has Dallas … yes, Dallas … on top of the NFC East, and tell me where you heard this story before. That’s right, what’s going on now is reminiscent of what happened in New England in 2001 when veteran Drew Bledsoe was hurt in the second game of the season.

The Patriots turned to their backup, and the rest you know. Tom Brady never left, and the Patriots went on to win four Super Bowls with him.

Now let’s get something straight: Dak Prescott is not Tom Brady, and, no, I’m not pushing the Cowboys for the Super Bowl. But Prescott is doing for Dallas what Brady did for New England in 2001, which is pumping life into a club that suddenly … unexpectedly … has momentum.  Prescott is young, effective and hot, and tell me which one of those adjectives describes Tony Romo.

Yeah, I know, he makes the big bucks. But so did Bledsoe, and you saw what happened there. He sat down, and he sat down for a reason: Because Tom Brady gave the Patriots a better chance. So does Dak Prescott with Dallas.

(Tony Romo, Dak Prescott photos courtesy of Dallas Cowboys)

FIRST-AND-20

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(Matt Ryan photo courtesy of Atlanta Falcons)
  1. So Atlanta lost. Big deal. The Falcons made a statement, and it goes something like this: We’re legit. They pushed Seattle to the mat at home, and they did it with 252 yards of offense in one quarter. Yeah, I know Atlanta started 5-0 a year ago, but this game tells me these Falcons are built for the long haul.
  2. Dan Quinn was right: Richard Sherman got away with a PI on that last-gasp pass to Julio Jones. Lucky for Sherman and Seattle that instant replay doesn’t review all calls.
  3. Suddenly, Eric Dickerson’s rookie rushing record of 1,808 yards doesn’t look so untouchable – not after Ezekeil Elliott does that to the league’s No. 1 run defense.
  4. It’s way past time for Cam Newton to grow up. He didn’t get a pass on that post-game news conference at the Super Bowl, and he won’t get one on his post-game news conference Sunday, either. The guy is supposed to be a team leader. Well, then, ACT LIKE ONE.
  5. Bad news, Pittsburgh: Ben Roethlisberger undergoes knee surgery Monday for torn cartilage. Worse news: The Patriots are next on the schedule.
  6. The Tom Brady Revenge Tour is right on schedule. Since Brady returned last weekend, the Pats outscored opponents 68-30. When the Patriots ran the table after Spygate in 2007, they scored no fewer than 34 points in their first seven games after Roger Goodell dropped the hammer on them and their coach.
  7. Coming soon to Pay Per View: Rob Gronkowski vs. Vontaze Burfict, with Richard Sherman vs. Kam Chancellor on the undercard.
  8. Too bad they didn’t unretire Brett Favre’s number Sunday at Lambeau. The Packers could’ve used him.
  9. Home-field advantage is back. Home teams were 10-3 this week, including last Thursdays game.
  10. No, I don’t know how good the Chiefs are, but I do know I don’t want to face them after a bye. With that win, Andy Reid is 16-2 after a week off.
  11. Is it too early to submit the name of Buffalo offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn for assistant coach of the year? The Bills are 4-0 since he took over.
  12. NFC South quarterbacks are shredding Carolina’s defense. They’re 80 of 116 for 1,187 yards, with nine TDs, two interceptions and a rating of 120.9 . Oh, yeah, they’re 3-0, too. Josh Norman, where are you?
  13. That was no coincidence that LeSean McCoy saved a career game for. Chip Kelly … the guy who ran him out of Philadelphia. Nope, it was more like retribution.
  14. The Dolphins fire two offensive linemen that started last week, then Jay Ajayi goes off — running for 204 yards. Question: Is there a cause-and-effect thing that just happened here?
  15. Not very often you get to say this, but the AFC North was 0-4 Sunday. Even stranger: Cleveland scored the most points (26) among the division’s teams.
  16. Drew Brees says Carolina’s Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis might be the best linebacking tandem ever. Guess he never heard of Jack Ham and Jack Lambert.
  17. Memo to Odell Beckham: Let’s find something other than that kicking net to use as a prop. It was funny once. Not anymore.
  18. Uh-oh, the bubble just burst in Philadelphia. Next two games? Minnesota and Dallas.
  19. Not sure who has it worse – Chip or Brian Kelly. All I know is they’re a combined 3-10.
  20. Brock Osweiler didn’t win that game for Houston. Lamar Miller did. But give Osweiler this: He made the big throws when he had to, pulled off an improbable comeback and backed off his critics … at least for now.

WHAT WE LEARNED …

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(Rob Gronkowski photo courtesy of New England Patriots)

Rob Gronkowski is A-OK. Those 162 yards were the most by any Patriots’ tight end …ever. Not so surprisingly, Gronk has the top five marks.

The Carolina Panthers have something in common with Cleveland: Neither is going to the Super Bowl.

Beware Washington. The Redskins look as if they’re serious about defending their NFC East title.

It’s not easy being a Ravens’ fan. Twenty of Baltimore’s last 22 games have been decided by one score (eight or fewer points), and the last two ended with Baltimore falling just short of the end zone as time expired. The Ravens lost their last three by a total of 11 points.

Sorry, RG3, but Cody Kessler won’t be sitting down again.

The 49ers have a quarterback who won’t stand up for the National Anthem and a defense that can’t stand up to the run.

The Bengals should have kept either Marvin Jones. Or Mohamed Sanu.

The Rams are where they’re most comfortable: .500. The club hasn’t had a winning season since 2003.

… AND WHAT WE DID NOT

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(Aaron Rodgers photo courtesy of Green Bay Packers)

What’s wrong with Aaron Rodgers. That’s the second straight game he where played more like Mr. Rogers.

Who’s the team to beat in the AFC West. Me? I still think Kansas City wins the division.

Why we should believe in anyone from the AFC South.

What is happening … or not happening … with Pittsburgh on the road. The Steelers dropped their last two games there by a combined 46 points, their worst back-to-back road performances since 1989.

Why the Eagles can’t pay attention. They have a franchise-worst 49 penalties through five games.

Why a PI wasn’t called on that last Matt Ryan throw. It was a no-brainer.

SUNDAY’S HALL OF FAMER

New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. Coach Ben McAdoo calls him “a lightning rod,” and he has that right. He can electrify a team. Only problem: Sometimes that team is on the other side of the line of scrimmage. But not on Sunday. Beckham looked like the All-Pro receiver of years past with 222 yards, two huge touchdown catches and a 66-yard score with just over a minute left to keep the Giants from dropping a fourth straight game.

SUNDAY’S HALL OF SHAMER

Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers. He hasn’t thrown for 300 yards this season and has as many interceptions (3) as touchdown passes (3) the past two games. Basically, Aaron Rodgers he’s not. Rodgers will tell us to relax (R-E-L-A-X), but there have been enough overthrows, underthrows and missed throws the past two weeks to unnerve Packers’ fans and make them wonder how … or if … the Pack can push Minnesota for the NFC North title.

 

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9 Comments

  1. Rich Quodomine
    October 17, 2016
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    I watched the Packer game after the Bills game, and while I am neither doctor nor football player, Rogers doesn’t look right. For that matter, neither does Jordy Nelson, and I think, for whatever reason, that lack of rhythm between them is the stone that has a ripple effect. Maybe they shake it – they’re both really good players – but maybe they don’t. Here’s what I don’t get: Eddie Lacy looked pretty darn good, but they seemed to go less and less to him as the game wore on. I know part of that was because they played from behind, but it seemed that they abandoned the run in the 2nd half. Lacy’s last run, according to the play by play was with 9 minutes left in the 4th, but he had only 5 carries all 2nd half. Further, a QB draw was the smartest run they had when they were in close? Woof. Something in the Packer Offensive scheme is not right.

    The AFC North looks mediocre this year, and if Big Ben is out 2-4 with surgery, it’s anyone’s division.

    Carolina & Chicago. Woof.

    Andrew Luck as Civil War General Memes are hilarious.

    Final note: Take that Chip Kelly, No Love, Shady McCoy.

    • October 17, 2016
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      Thought I might hear from you on Buffalo game. No way to put it any other way — a beatdown. Not sure what is going on with Rodgers. Just really, really off. Once I thought it was OL, but it gives him plenty of protection. That offense way, way out of synch. Great to hear from you, Rich. And thx for reading.

  2. Rich Quodomine
    October 17, 2016
    Reply

    Clark, that was a 3 phase sustained beatdown. Absent their blown coverage on the 49er TD, the Bills played perfectly. But let’s face it, the Niners are devoid of talent at this point, aside of Smith. It’s just not the same team as they were even 2 years ago and they’re at least 3 years away from competitive again, presuming they draft well. As one savvy writer put it regarding the dreadful late-80s Pats squads: “They’re two years away… but from what?” But two interesting games up ahead for the Bills. First a road test against the Dolphins. If it’s just talent, the Bills win going away. But after a beatdown, and with the Pats the next week, classic trap game. So, let’s see. And of course, TOm Brady’s Revenge Tour comes to Buffalo. Let’s presume, for the moment, the Bills defeat the Fins. A real test of Rex’s coaching ability is to win over the Patriots. The Pats are the gold standard. Everyone wants to be them and beat them. Rex has built his “bully”, it’s a team that, other than the Jets game, has had good defensive performances every week. They’ll need it against the Pats. Expect brackets on Gronkowski, with corner or safety help over, and Zach Brown under. That’s your game: How do the Bills, especially this year’s revelation in Zach Brown, handle Gronk? I expect the Bills to get pressure on Brady, the question is, can they at least contain Gronk?

  3. Rasputin
    October 17, 2016
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    I disagree. In fact you ask: “Prescott is young, effective and hot, and tell me which one of those adjectives describes Tony Romo.” Are you kidding? When healthy? How about EFFECTIVE? The last time Romo was healthy for most of the season was 2 years ago, and he was the best QB in the NFL, completing 70% of his passes for 34 tds, 9 ints, and a league leading 113.2 passer rating. That was his most recent real season.
    I don’t see the harm in playing Romo, once healthy, for a game or two to find out if he can make this offense even better. Dak has played great for a rookie but most of the team’s success is due to Zeke and the offensive line, along with improved defensive play. After all Romo would pose more of a deep threat than Dak does right now and, if 2014 is any indication, would force safeties to scoot back simply by being there, automatically helping the run game.
    If Romo doesn’t do well or gets injured again you could always put Dak back in, which is the beauty of the situation. I think that would be better for Dak’s confidence than keeping him the starter with Romo waiting in the wings, and then benching him if he has a bad spell.
    And the goal is always to win the Super Bowl, especially when the team starts off this good. If Romo can return to 2014 form he gives the team the best chance to do that.

    • October 17, 2016
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      But thats the point. He wont return to 2014 form. Older and an injury waiting to happen. Plus, he cant move. This guy can. And Prescott has that almight Mo on his side. Counts for plenty. Different team with him.

      • Rasputin
        October 17, 2016
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        But what’s the harm in finding out for sure instead of just assuming that Romo can no longer play at 2014 form? If he does poorly and you put Dak back in it’s not like Dak will suddenly suck. He’s not a streaky guy. His best attribute may be how calm and unflappable he is. That would continue.

        • October 19, 2016
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          You may disrupt the momentum you have. Same went for Pats in 2001. Have to choose. Going so well right now wouldnt want to interrupt that.

          • Rasputin
            October 19, 2016

            Except Bledsoe had already been playing in 2001 so the Patriots knew what they had in him. I think it’s better to find out what a healthy Romo could do with this offense than not find out, and I don’t think it would hurt momentum. If he does poorly after a game or two and you put Dak back in, I think Dak picks up right where he left off and the Cowboys continue rolling. The team’s identity is built around the offensive line and the running game. It’s a physical style and isn’t tenuous.

          • October 20, 2016

            But Romo cant stay on field. Absorbed hit in preseason game and suffered severe injury. He is simply an injury waiting to happen, and hes not a young man. Bottom line: Youre winning with Dak; so dont screw it up. I dont know what I have in Romo anymore. I do know what I have in Prescott: A five-game winning streak and first place in division.

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