DiNucci was actually one of the lone positives 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.
Earlier in the week, it appeared that Andy Dalton was going to clear concussion protocol, but it was reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter that Dalton was placed on the reserve/COVID list. While many would have assumed that round two of DiNucci was on the slate, that could not be the case.
According to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, the Cowboys are leaning towards starting Garrett Gilbert this Sunday against the 7-0 Pittsburgh Steelers.
“The #Cowboys plan to give Garrett Gilbert and Cooper Rush reps in practice and pick one of them at week’s end to start at QB against the #Steelers, sources tell me and @RapSheet. It won’t be rookie Ben DiNucci, who struggled Sunday night. Playing to experience at the position.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport confirmed the speculation and added that this will be “interesting.”
“This will be interesting: Sounds like the #Cowboys are leaning towards Garrett Gilbert as their starter after considering all options. But they want to see how Cooper Rush and GIlbert handle practice reps.”
The Cowboys are 0-3 since Dalton and DiNucci have taken over. Those losses include being outscored 86-22 by the Arizona Cardinals, Washington Football Team, and Philadelphia Eagles.
It’s been a disaster, but one stat is taking over social media. The Cowboys have scored more points in Prescott’s final fourth quarter (24) than they have in three games combined without him (22).
Gilbert played football at the University of Texas and spent time with the Alliance of American Football League and the Cleveland Browns.