Watching the Cowboys-Eagles game yesterday, one play is ingrained in Cowboys fans mind. Tony Romo being tackled on his left shoulder, writhing in pain, and boom…there goes the Cowboys season. History would suggest, Dallas would go on to lose the game against their bitter division-rivals and continue that losing until their start quarterback is healed. But something strange happened, the Cowboys won, behind their stellar defense and just enough on offense to keep it away from Chip Kelly and his Eagles.

With Dez Bryant gone for at least eight weeks (depending who you listen to) and Tony Romo now gone around that same timeline, how will the undefeated Cowboys handle the next two months? Lots of prayer, sure…but with a 2-0 record and the supposed competition for the NFC East being the Eagles and Giants both standing at 0-2, Big D has a chance right? Here are three things the Cowboys could do at QB to keep their head above water in a division that looks a lot weaker than most originally thought.

1.Start Brandon Weeden and rely on the defense

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When Romo was injured and it was fairly obvious to the naked eye he would not be returning to the game, I found myself yelling at Brandon Weeden to do something other than sit on the bench looking dumbfounded talking with offensive coordinator Scott Linehan. Well warming up or not, Weeden didn’t look like the second coming of Roger Staubach, but to his credit he was solid, going 7-for-7 with 73 yards and a touchdown. The Dallas defense did the rest, shutting down the Eagles offense, allowing one garbage-time touchdown late in the contest. If Dallas wants to maintain its place in the NFC East, they will need their defense to shut down opponents like they have to start the year. Weeden won’t put up gawdy numbers, but he can manage the game and keep most contests close with a solid running attack. He knows the offensive system and you can bet that Linehan will utilize plays that put him in the best situation to succeed.

Year Age Tm G GS QBrec Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD Int Lng Rate QBR
2012 29 CLE 15 15 5-10-0 297 517 57.4 3385 14 17 71 72.6 26.96
2013 30 CLE 8 5 0-5-0 141 267 52.8 1731 9 9 95 70.3 24.7
2014 31 DAL 5 1 0-1-0 24 41 58.5 303 3 2 43 85.7 15.46
2015 32 DAL 1 0 7 7 100.0 73 1 0 42 149.7 72.69
Career 29 21 5-16-0 469 832 56.4 5492 27 28 95 73.4
2 yrs CLE 23 20 5-15-0 438 784 55.9 5116 23 26 95 71.8
2 yrs DAL 6 1 0-1-0 31 48 64.6 376 4 2 43 99.0
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Generated 9/21/2015.

2. Sign a QB from the practice squad

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While this scenario will come to fruition, the Cowboys will likely hope to never play whichever QB they sign to the 53-man roster. Former Boise State star Kellen Moore and former Texas A&M recruit Jameill Showers are the two quarterback’s on the Cowboys practice squad. Moore has spent the last three seasons with the Lions, learning under veteran Matthew Stafford, but at 6’0 200lbs he is considered smallish for the position and not likely to be able to make a huge impact on a NFL field. Jameill Showers, who is loaded with potential, is very raw at the position and will need a lot of seasoning to fully understand how to play QB at the next level. Showers possesses the highest ceiling, and it is possible he can succeed, but how ready is he now? After transferring from A&M to UTEP, Showers was able to put up great statistics and he offers the Cowboys with a dual-threat ability, but would seriously decrease the offensive playbook the Cowboys would utilize in Romo’s absence. If either of these quarterback’s receive a lot of playing time, the Cowboys playoff hopes could diminish in 2015.

3. Trade for EJ Manuel

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Manuel was a healthy scratch for the Bills this past Sunday, making his spot on the Bills 53-man roster questionable at best. The former first round pick was never given a fair shake in Buffalo, starting a grand total of 14 games in two-plus years and looks to have completely fallen out of favor with the new Bills coaching staff. If the Cowboys make a deal for Manuel they would not have to give up much, a late-round conditional draft pick at best. The questions will be, how soon can he learn the offense and would he be an upgrade over Weeden? I’ve been a firm believer in Manuel since he entered the NFL, but if history shows you much, the Bills have been unable to draft and develop QBs over the past 20+ years. Even if he cannot pick up the offense easily, Manuel could provide the Cowboys with a solid backup to Romo when he returns, and if an injury were to happen again they would be in a better position than they are currently.

Year Age Tm Pos G GS QBrec Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD Int Lng Y/G Rate QBR
2013 23 BUF QB 10 10 4-6-0 180 306 58.8 1972 11 9 45 197.2 77.7 42.26
2014 24 BUF qb 5 4 2-2-0 76 131 58.0 838 5 3 80 167.6 80.3 35.73
Career 15 14 6-8-0 256 437 58.6 2810 16 12 80 187.3 78.5
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What do you think the Cowboys should do? Let me know in the comments below….

Dan Schalk covers the Dallas Cowboys for MFST, you can follow him on Twitter @FFSportsTalk

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