Sunday afternoon was a great one for Dallas Cowboy quarterback Dak Prescott, who led his team to a 27-23 victory over the Washington Redskins. This was his first NFL victory and he did it against the Cowboys biggest rival, on the road.
Prescott resembled a seasoned veteran as he completed 22-of-30 passes, for 292 yards, one rushing touchdown and once again, no interceptions. He’s thrown 75 consecutive passes with no interceptions which set a new NFL record, passing the Buffalo Bills’ former quarterback Warren Moon who threw 72. Doesn’t sound that bad for a fourth round quarterback that’s only receiving playing time due to Tony Romo’s injury.
Dallas’ owner, Jerry Jones seems to be impressed as well. Comparing Dak to players like Troy Aikman, Tom Brady and Ben Rothlesburger.
“He exudes confidence,” Jones said about Prescott. “He’s got a great supporting cast, but he’s using it.”
Dallas (1-1) won for only the second time in its past 16 games without Romo as the staring quarterback…and both of those victories came at Washington (0-2).
As for the rest of the team, things looked a lot better in the backfield. The highly talked about rookie running back, Ezekiel Elliot finished the game with 21 carries for 83 yards and a rushing touchdown. Alfred Morris didn’t get many chances and when he did, he was bottled up, for the most part, finishing with five carries for seven yards.
Dez Bryant finally appeared to be what everyone expects from him again after seven catches for 102 yards and Cole Beasley helped light up Washington’s defense with five catches for 75 yards.
Kirk Cousins didn’t have a bad game, completing 28-of-46 passes for 364 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. The problem was his timing of that one interception. It essentially lost the game for the Redskins after a quality drive downfield in the final stages of Sunday’s game. The Cowboys run defense could be better after giving up 82 yards, on just 17 total carries. 4.8 yards per run won’t cut it if Dallas plans on returning to the playoffs. It’s nice to have a fully functioning offense, but in order to be an elite team, they have to be elite on both sides of the ball.
Next week Dallas plans on improving their record to (2-1) on the season as they play the Chicago Bears, in Dallas. This is a game they should win with no problem. Chicago (0-2) looks like a very below average team after a 29-14 loss Monday night to a rookie quarterback in Carson Wentz and his Philadelphia Eagles. The Bears’ defense has many holes in it, holes that another rookie quarterback, Dak Prescott should be able to find and take advantage of next week.