Ben DiNucci vs Carson Wentz: Which QB Will Look More Like a Rookie?

    The will almost certainly be down to third-string when they meet the on . But thanks to shaky play from so far in 2020, could Dallas' rookie passer actually wind up being less of a liability?

    After 's season-ending leg a few weeks ago and suffering a concussion last week in Washington, DiNucci appears set to start in Philly. Despite entering the game midway through the 3rd Quarter last week he only attempted three passes and has put next-to-nothing on display.

    Obviously, Carson Wentz has thrown a lot more passes over the last four-plus years of NFL service. But so far in 2020 there have been a lot of bad ones; Wentz is tied for the league-lead in interceptions (10) and has one of the worst passer ratings (74.3) of anyone who's had significant playing time htis season. His completion percentage has dropped below 60% for the first time in his career.

    To be fair, things have picked up for Carson over the last few games. He's only thrown one pick in the last two games and has had his two best games in passer rating of the season.

    And to be fairer, Wentz has yet to go up against the laughing stock that is the 2020 . If there's ever a time to shine for any opposing offensive player, it's against 's clown show.

    Still, everything we've seen from Carson Wentz so far in 2020 suggests a meltdown game is always on the table. One of his worst outings this season was at home against the , one of the NFL's other worst defenses.

    On that day rookie looked like the better quarterback. Could Ben DiNucci, drafted 230 spots after Burrow, possibly outclass Wentz this week?

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    Dallas Cowboys QB Ben DiNucci (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

    The Eagles hasn't been stellar but is 12th overall right now, far more solvent than anything Dallas has shown this year. It still boasts DT , DE , and CB Darius Slay among its top players.

    Thankfully for DiNucci and the Cowboys, one of their key neutralizers will be back this week in All-Pro offensive lineman . Hopefully his presence will help the rookie QB have some more peace in the pocket after taking three in his limited playing time last week.

    Dallas will be getting some defensive help too in the form of CB . While he's not the player we hoped for from a 2nd-round draft pick, Awuzie is at least an upgrade over the departed and a guy who might force Carson Wentz into more mistakes.

    Most NFL games are about balance; teams being able to maintain a flow to their game based on the scoreboard. If the Cowboys can keep Wentz in check, it will allow DiNucci and the to feel less pressure and execute more smoothly.

    And if Carson has one of his bad games, he could open the door for his rookie opponent to play controlled, conservative football and look like the more efficient player.

    Superficially this one should be a blowout if you look at the two quarterbacks; a former 2nd-overall pick in his fifth season versus a 7th-round rookie in his first career start.

    But Carson Wentz has created far more concern than confidence thus far in 2020, making this matchup with Ben DiNucci less of a mismatch than it should be. If the Cowboys' rookie QB can avoid big mistakes, Wentz may do just enough for Dallas to steal a win.

    Jess Haynie
    Jess Haynie
    Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!


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    Were you in Frisco back in January when NDSU and Trey Lance handed Diucci his @$$?

    Hopefully the family tree strikes again.

    Oh. And Lance was a freshman.


    Would be a big feather in MM hat if this kid is able to perform well. He is in tough position, but lets see what this kid can do. McCarthy was said to like and pushed to draft him. Good that Zack is back, along with Chidobe. Wish we addressed the very thin DT position with a FA signing, because we are being run over, but I don’t have Mr. Jones’ cell number.

    Gary b

    Ideally he would have been left to marinade and sit for a yr on the other hand silver lining he gets invaluable exp he would not have ever gotten. Let’s see what he’s got. Personally think he should start the rest of the yr what do we have to lose, a loss?

    If Dalton doesn’t fit into our future plans, why play him? Same goes for anybody else on this roster.


    I agree he would at least make the game exciting to see what he can become! Just like they did with romo


    Lets face it. This defense makes everyone look good, plus the point Carson hates the Cowboys I’m sure he’ll smoke us. I’d look good against the boys and I’ve never played QB in my life