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What Does Packers Game Mean for Dak Prescott, Tony Romo?

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If not for Trump and Hillary, "Tony Romo versus Dak Prescott" would be the hottest debate in America right now. It's become a headline topic on every national sports show.

While Cowboys remain very split on the question, more and more national personalities are throwing their vote to Prescott. Today on Fox NFL Sunday, all four of their analysts said Prescott should keep the job. Earlier this week, Cowboys legend Roger Staubach said he would stick with the rookie sensation.

 - Dak Prescott, #4That's right; Jimmy Johnson and Staubach are now behind Dak Prescott. They join Michael Irvin, who has been pushing for Prescott for almost two months.

No word yet on what Troy or Emmitt think.

Wherever you are now on "Prescott vs. Romo," the question today is just how much this afternoon's game can change your position. Dallas travels to meet the Green Bay Packers, with a 5-1 record just one win away.

Like those supporting their favorite political candidate, some will not be swayed by anything that happens against Green Bay. If Dak has a horrible game, his biggest fans will say that Tony Romo has had his own horrible games. If Prescott is brilliant, diehard Romo fans will argue that Tony could've been even more spectacular.

Like in politics, the impact of new events and evidence is all about what it does to the middle and the undecided. Some opinion won't change no matter what, so let's talk about the ones that will.

If Prescott has a great game and the Cowboys win, many will finally be ready to see him keep the job. Dak will have won a road game in Lambeau against Aaron Rodgers. As a rookie, he'll have led the team to 5-1; something Romo's only done twice in 10 seasons.

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If Dak has pedestrian numbers but Dallas still wins, it won't provide the same momentum. Some will argue that Romo could have given us a more convincing win, and would do better if we see the Packers again in the playoffs. There is a prevailing assumption that Romo brings "more explosiveness" to the offense.

If it's a bad day at the office for Prescott, we will likely see a strong surge in Romo support. The middle is easily swayed by recent events. With two weeks to get ready for Dallas' next opponent, the Philadelphia Eagles, even some of Dak's current fans will run back to Romo for the big division game.

At this point there's no irrefutable argument. Those who believe in Romo's big play potential can't deny he brings increased risk of turnovers. Those who like Dak's ball control and running ability can't hide from his lack of chemistry with Dez Bryant and Jason Witten, and how that's hurt Dallas in the redzone.

With the team at 5-1, or even 4-2, it will be hard to take issue with Dak's results. The question really comes more to issues such as loyalty, long-term vs. short-term goals, and how much you think with your heart over your head.

Today's game will not change things for many fans in the Prescott-Romo debate. However, for a very large group who can still be affected, it is a huge day for the rookie under center and the veteran on the sideline.

Are Jerry Jones and Jason Garrett among those who can still swayed? We're about to find out.



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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REPORT: Cowboys Visiting With Free Agent S Eric Berry Tuesday

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REPORT: Cowboys Visiting With Free Agent S Eric Berry Tuesday

According to Ian Rapoport, the Dallas Cowboys have a meeting scheduled to visit with Free Agent Safety Eric Berry Tuesday at The Star.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter

Source: Former #Chiefs S and new free agent Eric Berry is visiting the #Cowboys on Tuesday. His first visit. They have a need there...

Eric Berry has spent his entire career with the Kansas City Chiefs after they drafted him fifth overall in the 2010 NFL Draft. After signing Earl Thomas last week, the Chiefs decided to part ways with their former All-Pro Safety.

Berry, 30 is an intriguing free agent for the Dallas Cowboys. When healthy, he is arguably one of the best safeties in the league. Unfortunately, injuries have kept him off the field these last few seasons causing him to only start in only three games since 2016.

This is a move many of us expected to happen after the Cowboys decided not to get into a bidding war for Earl Thomas, a player linked to Dallas for over a year now. In Berry, Cowboys Nation would be getting a similar player with the same kind of red flags. Both Thomas and Berry have to be approached with caution due to their injury history the past few years.

Depending on his asking price, Eric Berry absolutely makes sense for the Dallas Cowboys. He would be an upgrade over Jeff Heath and would pair well with the Cowboys up-and-coming three-year safety Xavier Woods.

This is still just a visit, so we should probably get our hopes up that a signing is imminent. But, I think we can all agree Eric Berry is exactly the "right kind of guy" Jason Garrett is always preaching about. He's a cancer survivor, five-time Pro Bowler, and All-Pro player. What's not to like!?



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BREAKING: Dallas Cowboys Signed DE Kerry Hyder

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BREAKING: Dallas Cowboys Signed DE Kerry Hyder

The Dallas Cowboys added more defensive line help today after signing former Detroit Lions Defensive End Kerry Hyder.

Kerry Hyder Jr. on Twitter

Going back to Texas! #CowboysNation

Kerry Hyder provides more depth at the defensive end position and as a chance to become the starter opposite DeMarcus Lawrence while Randy Gregory is out serving his suspension.

Hyder, 27 originally signed as an undrafted free agent out of Texas Tech with the New York Jets in 2014. He spent a year in New York before signing a future/reserve contract with the Detroit Lions in January 2015.

He had a breakout eight-sack year with the Lions in 2016, but tore his Achilles in 2017 causing him to miss the entire season. In 2018 he had just one quarterback sack after Detroit switched to a 3-4 defensive scheme.

Overall, this is a good depth signing by the Dallas Cowboys. Kerry Hyder has starting potential, but shouldn't keep the Cowboys from upgrading the position further through either another free agent signing for the draft.



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Chiefs Release Eric Berry, Should Cowboys Be Interested?

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Chiefs Release Eric Berry, Should Cowboys Be Interested?

As the Dallas Cowboys still have a glaring need at the safety position, a new name has appeared on the available free agents list, and it's a well known name. The Kansas City Chiefs just released one of the best at the position, Eric Berry. The move by Kansas City is likely salary cap related. The Chiefs had just signed Tyrann Mathieu for a three-year $42M deal. The five-time Pro Bowler will have to find a new home in the NFL.

Adam Schefter on Twitter

Chiefs released five-time Pro Bowl safety Eric Berry. Had Berry been on KC's roster Friday, $7.25 million of his salary would have become fully guaranteed.

The question in many Dallas Cowboys fans minds' right now is pretty obvious. Will the Cowboys be interested? 

Eric Berry is one hell of a football player but injuries have plagued his career lately. Since he suffered a torn Achilles in 2017, Berry hasn't been the same player as before. In the past two seasons, the 30 year old safety has played in only three games.

Field Yates on Twitter

Eric Berry's tenure with the Chiefs: * 88 games played * 445 tackles * 50 PBU * 14 INT * 5 TD score * 5X Pro Bowler * 3X First Team All Pro More importantly: a cancer survivor who returned to the field and inspired countless people along the way.

Berry would be a nice fit for the Dallas Cowboys' defense to pair with Xavier Woods. However, the front office has already passed on many available safeties. For Berry to come to Dallas, the price would have to be right. It's tough to imagine where Berry's value would land in such a busy safety market. Both Landon Collins and Earl Thomas have signed big time contracts.

Age and injury history could be factors that drop Berry's price to a number that the front office would be interested in. I honestly would be surprised if he got top money today. A contract with little guaranteed money could get the Cowboys involved.

mike fisher ✭ on Twitter

Chiefs cut S Eric Berry. I'm told #Cowboys will investigate ... but recent serious health issues and inactivity - Berry is great story as a cancer survivor - mean LOTS of research is merited.

Mike Fisher took to Twitter to say the Cowboys will investigate the newest safety in the market.

The Cowboys have already seen Earl Thomas and others sign contracts elsewhere and while their free agency philosophy is clear at the moment, I believe it'd be a mistake to leave the need for a safety unattended until late April. There are quite a few options out there the team should explore.

Whether it's Eric Berry or another player such as Tre Boston, Andrew Sendejo or Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, the Cowboys should sign a starting safety and leave the draft picks for other positions.

Tell me what you think about "Chiefs Release Eric Berry, Should Cowboys Be Interested?" in the comments below, or tweet me @MauNFL and let’s talk football! If you like football and are looking for a Dallas Cowboys show in Spanish, don’t miss my weekly Facebook Live! show, Primero Cowboys!



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