Dallas Cowboys to start Matt Cassel after bye week

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After yet another struggle on offense in a Week 5 loss to the New England Patriots, the Dallas Cowboys are looking for a change.

While Brandon Weeden, who has been at quarterback since Tony Romo went down with a broken collarbone in Week 2, has managed the offense, going 71 for 98 with two touchdowns and two interceptions, the Cowboys have only scored 26 points over the last ten quarters.

Weeden Out, Cassel In

The Cowboys are on a bye this week, and while many thought that the Cowboys might take the rest of this week to decide on who would start against the New York Giants in Week 7, ESPN's Ed Werder is reporting that the decision to bench Brandon Weeden in favor of Matt Cassel has already been decided.


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After Romo went down, the Cowboys traded a 2017 fifth-round draft pick to the Buffalo Bills to acquire Cassel, who had been inactive for his first two games as a Cowboy, but was promoted to the number two spot in the loss against New England.

Over his career, Cassel has 96 touchdown passes against 70 interceptions, and 15,727 yards to his name. After his highlight season in 2008 with New England, where he went 10-5 in Tom Brady's absence, Cassel has bounced around the NFL from Kansas City to Minnesota to Buffalo, and now finds himself as the starting quarterback for a team that has been devastated by injuries.

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Opportunity for Cassel

The good news is that wide receiver Dez Bryant is recovering very quickly from his foot injury and may be ready for Week 7, which would create more options for Cassel.

Due to his placement on the IR-designated to return list, the earliest Tony Romo could return is Week 11 against the Miami Dolphins.

That leaves Cassel to deal with the Giants, the Seattle Seahawks, the Philadelphia Eagles, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers over the next four games. The Dallas Cowboys are certainly hoping he can recreate some of that 2008 magic.

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