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Could Cowboys playing Tony Romo in Week 17 could have Dallas-esque consequences?

Could Cowboys playing Tony Romo in Week 17 could have Dallas-esque consequences?

With the Redskins facing a playoff-bound New York Giants team in the Week 17 season finale, much has been made about the impending decision regarding whether or not the Giants starters should play or rest.

The two prevailing thoughts are that either a team does not want to risk any injuries ahead of the playoffs or a team needs to stay crisp and sharp heading into the most important game of the season.

If the Redskins defeat the Giants — and the Packers vs. Lions game doesn't end in a tie — the NFC East will have three teams in the 2016 NFL Playoffs.

The Dallas Cowboys have already locked up a first-round bye, and other than attempting to win a franchise-record 14th regular-season game, the team has nothing to play for when they face the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.

While Dak Prescott is expected to start, it appears as if Tony Romo will make his first NFL appearance since suffering an injury on Thanksgiving day 2015, according to an ESPN report.

Coach Jason Garrett has not tipped his hand as to a quarterback rotation. All three quarterbacks took snaps in Thursday's practice.

"We haven't decided how that's going," offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said Thursday.


Is it wise for the Cowboys to play Romo at all?

Some may say it's a moot point because Prescott has clearly earned the right to be the Cowboys starting quarterback moving forwards.

But this is no ordinary situation.

This is the Dallas Cowboys. The controversy and rumor mill always runs at peak efficiency in "Big D" and even one slightly good performance from Romo could re-ignite the idea that he should be the starter instead of Prescott.

While it may just seem like armchair analysis meets talking head hot-air, a majority of the potential outcomes would have the Cowboys brass facing more questions and debate around a subject they have no business discussing heading into the Playoffs. 

However, injuries are a regular occurrence in the NFL, and considering Romo has not taken a live snap in over a year, getting him some reps in a real game — albeit a meaningless one —would help him knock off the rust should Prescott suffer an injury in the playoffs.

The alternative would be to start Mark Sanchez, a fine backup quarterback but not one who many believe a team can lean on to carry the load in pressure situations.

So the question becomes: Do you begin to fine-tune a backup plan for the playoffs even if it means a potential quarterback controversy media circus heading into the playoffs? That's what Jerry Jones will have to decide.

If the Redskins do beat the Giants, they would secure the No. 6-seed, meaning they would be a win away from facing the Cowboys in the NFC Divisional Round.

A potential QB controversy and Round 3 of one the NFL's greatest rivalries?

Yes please.


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One crazy stat that connects Dwayne Haskins with Cam Newton, but also Mark Sanchez

One crazy stat that connects Dwayne Haskins with Cam Newton, but also Mark Sanchez

The Redskins selected Dwayne Haskins with the 15th overall pick of the 2019 NFL Draft. While his record at Ohio State was impressive, Haskins didn't log many starts. 

Washington head coach Jay Gruden talked about Haskins back in March during the league meetings, before the Burgundy and Gold drafted the quarterback, and said that because he played just one year in college he would need significant time to learn the NFL game. 

"You would like a guy to play more than a year to see how he’s developed over the years. Haskins has a unique skillset. He’s big, strong and can really throw it," Gruden said. Then, "Is he going to be ready for the first year?"

After OTAs and minicamp, it's obvious Haskins has all the talent needed to play quarterback in the NFL. He's made touch throws and he's rifled balls into tight windows. At the same time, he seemed confused in spots about play calls and struggled with the speed of the pass rush. 

All of that is normal for a player with just 14 starts. But it's that number, the one year of starting experience in college, that makes one statistic stand out about Haskins. 

That's some serious company, both good, bad and ugly. 

As a rookie in 2011, Cam Newton went 6-10 with 35 total TDs and 17 interceptions, not to mention a Rookie of the Year trophy. His running prowess made up for average numbers in the pass game. The more important comparison for Redskins fans is that Newton eventually developed into an NFL MVP and got the Panthers to the Super Bowl. 

For Mark Sanchez, the rookie numbers and the career comparison aren't as kind. Sanchez threw 12 TDs and 20 INTs in 15 games as a rookie, though he was at the helm as the Jets got to two straight AFC title games. Still, for his career, Sanchez threw more INTs than TDs and could not keep a starting job after his rookie contract. 

Trubisky is a different deal. He's only started 26 games since being the second overall pick in the 2017 draft with a record of 15-11. He's thrown 31 touchdowns against 19 interceptions, and run for another five scores. It's hard to describe Trubisky's game. At times he's terribly inaccurate, but in other spots, he looks like a future Pro Bowler. 

Newton is the sure thing, Sanchez is the poor outcome. Trubisky is still to be determined. 

For Haskins, it's not good company or bad company. With only 14 starts at Ohio State before the Redskins drafted Haskins, it's just the company he's in.


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Packers' Davante Adams has high praise for rookie Darnell Savage

Packers' Davante Adams has high praise for rookie Darnell Savage

Darnell Savage was the third NFL draft prospect profiled in our series ‘I Am the Prospect

Darnell Savage has been getting a lot of buzz since the Packers traded up to the 21st overall pick to select him in the 2019 NFL Draft, and his teammates are on board.

The Maryland star was one of the draft's biggest risers, and it was well warranted.

The Packers' Instagram account posted a video of Savage Wednesday, and his teammate Davante Adams chimed in.

“The boy gonna be special,” Adams wrote.

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“He’s going to be that guy — I can tell," Adams said, via Jason Wilde of the Wisconsin State Journal. "We definitely got a steal." “I know we got him early, but I still think that he could have gone even earlier just based on what he’s doing out there. He plays like a vet, he knows how to practice, and he’s smart, man.

Savage will face the Redskins in Week 14 when the Burgundy and Gold head up to Lambeau Field on December 8 for the matchup against the Packers.