Why play Tony Romo when your QB is the NFL MVP?

USA TODAY Sports’ Lorenzo Reyes makes his picks for three of this weekend’s best NFL matchups.

Dak Prescott has yet to throw for 300 yards. Flanked by fellow rookie Ezekiel Elliott and bolstered by the NFL’s best offensive line, no team has run more frequently than the Dallas Cowboys, which is also why no team has had more possession time.

It’s the perfect formula for breaking in a new quarterback: Protect him with a strong rushing attack and minimize the risks with his arm.

Yet none of this should disqualify Prescott — from keeping his job nor from getting major credit. The way I see it, no player in the NFL has been more valuable than the super-efficient Prescott, a fourth rounder from Mississippi State seemingly sent from the heavens.

Others in the MVP conversation have better numbers. But imagine where the Cowboys would be without Prescott. We saw that last year, when Tony Romo’s twice-fractured collarbone redefined Big D as Big Distress. The Cowboys finished 4-12 in 2015, 1-11 without Romo.

Now? Their 7-1 record is the NFC’s…

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