News: Cowboys ‘optimistic’ on Dak Prescott’s MRI, La’el Collins reinstated

The Cowboys’ thrilling win in Foxborough was tempered quickly when quarterback Dak Prescott arrived for his postgame press conference in a walking boot. He joked about it, but an MRI was scheduled nevertheless. Now the results should allow at least a tentative sigh of relief in Cowboys Nation. On the subject of the Dallas signal-caller, the numbers continue to be impressive: he’s up for a weekly award, on an MVP pace, and putting up a staggering body of work in overtime games.

Elsewhere, offensive lineman La’el Collins has served his suspension and will rejoin the team. He’ll come back to an offense that may have found a new playmaker in Cedrick Wilson. Sunday’s final play proved costly from a sports-betting standpoint, but fared well in Next Gen Stats’ look back at the weekend. Ezekiel Elliott didn’t mince words when asked about the officiating crew in Week 6, and Trevon Diggs is not only posting legendary interception numbers, he’s providing memorable highlights in new languages. We break down the breakdown in the Dallas defense on that Mac Jones bomb, recap all our postgame coverage, and wonder if we’re seeing the beginning of the end of the Belichick era in New England. Strap in; we’re covering lots of ground in the News and Notes.

Cowboys "optimistic" Dak won't miss game action :: The Mothership


The Cowboys quarterback got an MRI on his right calf just as the team gets ready for its bye week. Prescott will spend the week in rest-and-rehab mode before the October 31 visit to the home of the Vikings. “I think like any calf strain, especially this early, this close to the injury, there’s variance in timelines,” coach Mike McCarthy said. “But we’re optimistic for Minnesota.”

Cowboys RT La’el Collins reinstated from suspension :: Inside the Star


Having sat out five games as directed by the league, right tackle La’el Collins was reinstated on Monday. Backup Terence Steele played very well during the veteran’s suspension, but Collins will be eligible to play in the Week 8 game.

Cowboys' Dak Prescott downplays calf injury, walking boot, MRI: 'Have fun with it this week' :: Cowboys Wire


Prescott came up gimpy after his game-winning throw in overtime and even showed up to his postgame press conference in a walking boot. He laughed off questions, though, saying he wore it just to spice things up for beat writers heading into the team’s bye week. “I’ll be fine,” Prescott assured reporters. “I can promise you that.”

Dak Prescott up for FedEx Air Player of the Week honors :: Brianna Dix (Twitter)

Prescott, Lamb spotlight Cedrick Wilson's clutch 4th-down grab as reason for Cowboys win :: Cowboys Wire


He was the team’s fourth wide receiver entering the season. But he’s been a key player during the absence of Michael Gallup, and on Sunday, Wilson was the nearly-forgotten hero who made the Cowboys’ tying field goal and CeeDee Lamb’s overtime score possible. His clutch catch on a 4th-down pass extended the offense’s drive in the final moments. “Without that,” Prescott said, “we’re not up here talking about the win.”

Top 5 plays from Week 6 | Next Gen Stats ::


It didn’t get any more impressive in Week 6 than the final play of the Cowboys-Patriots shootout. The Next Gen Stats crew calculated Prescott’s throw to a wide-open Lamb to have a 78.2% completion probability; before the snap, the play had a 75.6% win probability.

Dak Prescott is on an MVP pace :: Mike Giardi (Twitter)

NFL Odds: Final play of Cowboys-Patriots very costly for sportsbooks :: NESN


Dallas -3 and -3.5 was one of the most popular bets of Sunday’s slate, with sportsbooks rooting heavily for New England to pull off the upset. Things were still solid as the Patriots held a three-point lead with two minutes to go. As it turned out, the Cowboys’ six-point win caused a six-figure swing at multiple outlets.

What happened to Dallas' defense on Kendrick Bourne's 75-yard touchdown? :: Touchdown Wire


Trevon Diggs was the one helplessly chasing the Patriots receiver into the end zone in the final moments of regulation; he even took the blame in postgame interviews. But upon further review, the bomb by New England quarterback Mac Jones was an anomaly, Dallas was actually in ideal coverage, and it was likely Damonatae Kazee who blew his assignment, not Diggs.

Dak Prescott is crazy good in overtime :: Michael Gehlken (Twitter)

'No excuse for that:' Ezekiel Elliott calls out officials in Cowboys' dramatic win over Patriots :: Cowboys Wire


Sunday’s game featured plenty of penalty flags (on Dallas, at least) as well as several questionable calls and non-calls, but none more puzzling than officials deciding that Prescott’s apparent dive across the goal line didn’t count as a touchdown. “That’s ridiculous, the way they called that game tonight,” Elliott said afterward. “But at least we were able to overcome the Patriots… and the zebras.”

Analytics say McCarthy made correct calls on both 4th-and-1 decisions :: Ed Werder (Twitter)

Much like Tom Landry decades ago, Bill Belichick mystique is falling apart | Opinion :: Fort Worth Star-Telegram


The once-proud dynasty is crumbling in real time. Without Tom Brady as his starting quarterback, coach Bill Belichick now has a 27-32 record in New England. Similar to Landry in Dallas during the late ’80s, the 69-year-old Belichick finds himself leading a roster rebuilding project so massive he may not be the one to finish it.

Play catch-up with all our Cowboys-Patriots postgame coverage :: Cowboys Wire

Miss any of the analysis after the Cowboys’ dramatic walk-off win? Here’s the lowdown on who did what during the team’s wild 35-29 victory.

Trevon Diggs's early interception numbers are historically ridiculous :: Jon Machota (Twitter)

Spanish call of Trevon Diggs's INT is muy muy bueno :: Voch Lombardi (Twitter)