Ben DiNucci played better than what anyone thought he was going to do.
The Dallas Cowboys had to roll with their third-string quarterback on Sunday Night. DiNucci was actually a shining star as he completed over 50% of his passes for 180 yards. However, DiNucci couldn’t find the endzone as the Cowboys lost 23-9 to the Philadelphia Eagles to fall to 2-6 on the season.
However, according to ESPN’s Todd Archer, DiNucci acknowledged that he made too many mistakes.
“We had a few good drives, got past the 50 and then one thing or another stalled us out,” DiNucci said. “I had two fumbles, had some penalties, some pre snap penalties. That stuff is on me. I’ve got to clean that up. This NFL thing, it’s hard. These teams are good. It’s a battle every single week.”
DiNucci made his NFL debut last Sunday when Dalton was knocked out of the game by Jonathan Bostic. Out of 12 snaps, he completed 2 of 3 passes for 39 yards. However, he was sacked three times and fumbled twice.
With two more fumbles, that puts the former James Madison quarterback with four on the season. Not a pretty picture for someone trying to make his case for being the starter moving forward.
Andy Dalton is poised to make his return to the team next Sunday against the 7-0 Pittsburgh Steelers. The Cowboys dropped to 2-6 on the season and are sputtering out of control. The team appears to have quit and with the loss, the Cowboys are now 1.5 games out first place in the NFC East.