Dallas Cowboys quarterback Brandon Weeden completed 16 of 26 passes for 246 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 26-20 overtime loss to the New Orleans Saints .
Weeden got 67 of his yards on a deep throw to a wide-open Brice Butler , and he also had some nice gains on the game-tying drive, which ended with a 17-yard touchdown pass to Terrance Williams on fourth down. The Cowboys otherwise deployed a very conservative strategy for the second straight week, relying on dump-offs and a mostly ineffective running game. Weeden actually played a decent game, but there's a good reason the Cowboys are limiting his impact, and he probably won't get to truly air it out unless the team falls behind by a wide margin. Of course, such a scenario could come to pass in Week 5, with the 3-0 New England Patriots traveling to Dallas.
Weeden stretched his successive completion run to 21 passes and finished 22 of 26 for 232 yards with no touchdowns and one interception. He hit only four receivers, though the absence of Dez Bryant certainly hindered him.
He will attempt to maintain his accuracy and increase his production next Sunday against the host Saints.
When Tony Romo was diagnosed with a broken clavicle Sunday, it was assumed that Weeden would be under center during Romo's entire recovery period, but the Cowboys acquired Matt Cassel from the Bills on Tuesday, potentially creating competition for Weeden.
Indeed, Garrett confirmed as much Wednesday, noting that Cassel was brought in 'to compete.' While Weeden will get the initial nod in Romo's stead, the Cowboys' quarterback situation may be in flux over the next two months.
A more concrete timeline for Romo should be available soon, but those that play in two-QB leagues or deeper formats, will certainly want to give Weeden a look, although he would have looked more attractive if Dez Bryant (ankle) were available over the next month or two.
In any event, Weeden wasn't asked to do much Sunday, as the Cowboys were leading when he entered the game. He did throw a nice 42-yard touchdown strike to Terrance Williams late in the fourth quarter to ice the win. In Week 3, Weeden will take on the Falcons at home.
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