After Ben DiNucci, Andy Dalton, Dallas Cowboys Still Searching For New Starter

Published 11/04/2020, 9:05 AM EST
Oct 25, 2020; Landover, Maryland, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Andy Dalton (14) is helped to the locker room after being knocked out of the game on a hit by Washington Football Team inside linebacker Jon Bostic (not pictured) in the third quarter at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports


The last couple of weeks have been nothing short of hell for the Dallas Cowboys and their fans. The injury to star quarterback, Dak Prescott in Week 5 against the New York Giants, came as a huge shocker to the NFC East powerhouse.

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The Cowboys brought in backup quarterback Andy Dalton to fill in for Prescott the following week; however, Dalton himself suffered a concussion in the game against the Washington Football Team in Week 7.

Rookie Ben DiNucci started his first game for Dallas on Sunday against their NFC East rivals, Philadelphia Eagles.

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DiNucci went 21 of 40, throwing for 180 yards with no touchdowns and 0 interceptions. But he failed to impress as the Cowboys succumbed to a 23-9 loss at the Lincoln Financial Field.

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The Jerry Jones-owned franchise is reportedly set to place the backup quarterback Andy Dalton on the injury reserve/COVID-19 list.

As per NFL insider Tom Pelissero, the Cowboys will now turn towards either Garrett Gilbert or Cooper Rush due to Dalton’s extended absence.

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There are a total of 9 NFL appearances between these quarterbacks. Both of them have spent a large portion of their respective careers as third-string quarterbacks or practice squad members.

Oct 4, 2020; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy watches a play in the game against the Cleveland Browns at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

It will be interesting to see who gets the nod to start against Mike Tomlin’s undefeated Pittsburgh Steelers. The Cowboys are on a 2-6 record at this stage of the tournament and are third in the NFC East Division table.

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There is increased pressure on coach Mike McCarthy to improve the defense and grind out some positive results. But can they manage to stop the unstoppable train that is the Pittsburgh Steelers? Not an easy task by any means, but certainly not impossible.

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Daniel Arambur is an NFL writer and content strategist for EssentiallySports.With more than 1,000 articles, he is one of the senior writers in the NFL cohort at ES. A mass media graduate from the University of Mumbai, Daniel has found the perfect blend of vocation and passion in the sports content niche.

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