Will Tony Romo start a game for Cowboys this season?

Just a few weeks ago, the veteran Cowboys starter was seen as a safe bet to regain his job when he recovered from an injury. Now, he is a long shot to supplant rookie sensation Dak Prescott. Here is a look at the updated odds on Tony Romo starting for Dallas this season.

 

In just one week, there's been a massive change in odds on when Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, who's recovering from a back injury, will start a game.

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One week ago, the odds at BookMaker.eu were 65/1 that Romo would not start a regular-season game. Now, those odds have plummeted to 2/1 amid reports Romo has not been cleared to practice, that his name could be on the trading block, and that Dallas, coming off a huge win at Green Bay, will stick with phenom Dak Prescott.

Will Romo start a game at QB for the Dallas Cowboys this season?
 Opponent/Week Odds
 Eagles (Week 8) +3000
 Browns (Week 9) +180
 Steelers (Week 10) +300
 Ravens (Week 11) +500
 Redskins (Week 12) +1000
 Vikings (Week 13) +1600
 Giants (Week 14) +1800
 Buccaneers (Week 15) +1800
 Lions (Week 16) +2000
 Eagles (Week 17) +2000
 Will not start a game +200

Prescott, a rookie out of Mississippi State, has ripped off five wins in a row, two against teams with winning records. This week, Dallas hosts the division rival Eagles, who are 4-2 and fresh off a stomping of the formerly undefeated Vikings.

It'll be a huge test for Prescott because the Eagles are third in the NFL in points allowed at 14.7 per game.

"At this point, we're praying that Romo starts at some point this season, and we still believe he will," BookMaker spokesman Scott Cooley said. "All it's going to take is one shaky outing from Dak, or even an injury. There are a lot of scenarios that could play out, but we have heavy liability on him not starting since most of the sharp bettors put their money on that option."

One possibility is that the Cowboys, under Prescott, secure a playoff spot and then rest their rookie QB in either Week 16 and/or Week 17. This would allow Romo to see action ahead of a postseason run.

BookMaker has the odds of Romo starting in both Week 16 and Week 17 at 20/1.

Nevada sportsbooks believe the most likely time Romo returns is Week 9 at Cleveland, although that would likely take a face-plant by Prescott on Sunday night at home against Philly.