The Dallas Cowboys have decided to start recently acquired Matt Cassel ahead of Brandon Weeden in week seven against the New York Giants when they return from their bye week.
The NFC East franchise decided to make the change after the 30-6 loss to the New England Patriots at the weekend, which was the team's third defeat in a row since starting quarterback Tony Romo was sidelined due to injury.
Cassel started out the season with the Buffalo Bills, where he lost the starting job to Tyrod Taylor during the preseason. Along with the Pro Bowl quarterback, the Cowboys also received a 2017 seventh round pick in exchange for a 2017 fifth round pick when they traded for him at the back end of September.
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The reason for the change is not down to how well Weeden is playing, but more the system which the Cowboys play, the multiple-check system, is better fitted for Cassel according to NFL.com.
The 33-year-old played in a similar style offense back when he was at the Minnesota Vikings, so this should allow the Cowboys to flex a bit more with the playbook.
The NFC East franchise is still hopeful that wide receiver Dez Bryant will be able to play after the bye week against the Giants too, boosting the chances of Cassel picking up his first win as the starter for the Cowboys.
The Cowboys just need to be more explosive on offense and hopefully they can deliver just that with Cassel under center until Romo returns. Otherwise, it's going to be a long season in what is already a drab NFC East division.