- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Get loose, Tony Romo.

Dak Prescott can’t beat the New York Giants, so the Cowboys have to bench him for Romo. Otherwise, Dallas (11-2) could be one-and-done in the playoffs.

Prescott had his worst game in a 10-7 loss to the Giants (9-4) on Sunday night. He threw two interceptions and had a season-low 139 yards passing. The rookie quarterback hasn’t thrown for 200 yards in three games and the Cowboys are a combined 2 for 24 on third downs the past two games after converting just once in 15 tries at New York.

Sure, that 11-game winning streak looked nice. But now the pressure is on. Romo certainly can handle it better than a 23-year-old fourth-round pick.

After all, Romo won two playoff games in 10 seasons.

Here are other overreactions following Week 14:

OVERREACTION: The Browns should give Terrelle Pryor a shot at quarterback. Cody Kessler (0-8), Josh McCown (0-3) and Robert Griffin III (0-2) are 0-13.

REALISTIC REACTION: Pryor is Cleveland’s best receiver and RG3 just returned from injury.


OVERREACTION: Matthew Stafford is the ultimate Comeback Kid and he’s taking the Lions to a division title.

REALISTIC REACTION: Eight comeback wins are impressive, but Detroit (9-4) has tough games coming up against the Giants, Cowboys and Packers (7-6) so their lead in the NFC North isn’t safe.


OVERREACTION: Le’Veon Bell is the Steelers MVP. While Ben Roethlisberger tossed three interceptions, Bell ran for a franchise-record 236 yards in a win at Buffalo.

REALISTIC REACTION: They lost their only game without Big Ben and went 2-1 without Bell. Those stats don’t lie.


OVERREACTION: DeSean Jackson will return to the Eagles next year.

REALISTIC REACTION: They need a playmaker and he’d like to come back, but rebuilding teams usually don’t pay big money to 30-year-old receivers.


OVERREACTION: The Seahawks won’t go anywhere in the playoffs because they can’t win on the road.

REALISTIC REACTION: Aaron Rodgers and the Packers have made plenty of teams look bad in December at Lambeau Field. Don’t count Seattle out yet.


OVERREACTION: The Titans (7-6) are going worst to first.

REALISTIC REACTION: The Texans (7-6) have an easier schedule, but the division should be decided when the teams meet Week 17 in Tennessee.


OVERREACTION: The Raiders got exposed in Kansas City.

REALISTIC REACTION: The Chiefs have won 20 of 23. Oakland (10-3) should be playing in January.


OVERREACTION: The defending Super Bowl champions won’t get a chance to repeat.

REALISTIC REACTION: The Broncos (8-5) have the toughest schedule down the stretch, but they’re tied with Miami for the second wild-card spot and the Dolphins lost QB Ryan Tannehill.


OVERREACTION: Tom Brady is the best athlete in sports history. At 39 years old, he threw for 406 yards and three TDs against the NFL’s top-ranked defense.

REALISTIC REACTION: Best quarterback? Probably. Athlete? Ali, Jordan and many more belong in that conversation.


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