Packers' Aaron Rodgers talks to Dallas Cowboys' Dak Prescott
after an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016, in Green Bay,
Wis. The Cowboys won 30-16.
GREEN BAY, Wis. — Rookie Dak Prescott
is stating an impressive case to remain the starting quarterback of
the Dallas Cowboys.
He's off to quite the start in his NFL career after taking over
following veteran Tony Romo's preseason back injury.
Prescott threw for 247 yards and three touchdowns, and the Cowboys
forced four turnovers in a 30-16 win over the Green Bay Packers and
their dysfunctional offense Sunday.
Prescott was 18 of 27 and shook off two fumbles and an interception
to lead the Cowboys (5-1) to their fifth straight win.
"You just couldn't ask for more inspiration from a player because
everybody on this team knows what a difficult position that is to
play," Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said.
Prescott showed poise in the fourth quarter while marching the
Cowboys on a seven-play, 75-yard drive that ended with a 4-yard
touchdown pass to Cole Beasley for an 18-point lead with 10:26 left.
Cowboys' Dak Prescott throws during the first half.
Romo seems to be getting closer to
returning. After a bye, Dallas next plays on Oct. 30 against
Asked if Prescott would remain the starter against the Eagles even
if Romo was ready, Jones only said, "I wouldn't say unequivocally
anything other than we just beat the Green Bay Packers in Green
Prescott picked on a Packers secondary that played much of the game
without their top three cornerbacks because of injuries.
His fourth-quarter touchdown pass left Packers fans at Lambeau
stunned. They were booing at times following another choppy game for
Green Bay's offense. The four turnovers were a season high for Green
"Frankly, the biggest thing on offense ... is turning the ball
over," coach Mike McCarthy said. "It's not part of our fiber."
The Packers had five fumbles on the day, losing three.
Packers head coach Mike McCarthy argues a call during the first
Even two- NFL MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers wasn't immune from the
jeering. Rodgers finished 31 of 42 for a season-high 294 yards.
"Look, we're upset, they're upset, it's part of it," Rodgers said of
the booing. It's not the first time. Probably won't be the last
The Packers didn't get into the end zone until Rodgers and Cobb
connected on a 6-yard touchdown pass with 6:53 left to get within
Rodgers accounted for two turnovers with an interception to go with
a fumble on first-and-goal at the Cowboys 1 with 1:10 left in the
third quarter. It was a designed draw play out of an empty
Bay Packers' Brett Favre looks at his Hall of Fame ring during a
RECORD STREAK OVER
Prescott threw the first interception of his career after he was
picked off on third-and-8 from the Dallas 6, throwing out of his end
zone with 20 seconds left in third quarter. Safety Morgan Burnett
had the diving interception.
Prescott's NFL record streak for a quarterback at the start of his
career without an interception ended at 176 pass attempts. He broke
the mark of 162 previously held by New England's Tom Brady earlier
in the game.
"We get that out of the way now," Prescott said with a laugh.
"Another one to start up."
OUT OF SYNC
Drops were a problem again at times for Packers receivers. Timing
may have been off on a couple other throws.
Rodgers and McCarthy said the Packers would figure out the problems
after watching the film.
"We're hard on ourselves, and I'm as hard as anybody on myself. So
I'm going to get it fixed. Just been a little bit off," Rodgers
It was Green Bay's worst defeat at home with Rodgers as the starting
quarterback since a 37-20 loss to the Giants in the 2011 NFC
STRENGTH VS. STRENGTH
Dallas dented Green Bay's league-best run defense.
The Cowboys rushed for 93 yards in the first half against the
Packers, which was already a season high against Green Bay. The
Packers had been allowing 42.8 yards per game entering Sunday.
Dallas was averaging a league-best 155.2 yards per game.
Rookie Ezekiel Elliott finished with 157 yards on 28 carries, giving
him 703 yards rushing — the second-most in a player's first six
career games, behind only Eric Dickerson (787). Elliott also became
the only rookie to rush for at least 130 yards in four consecutive
Cowboys: CB Morris Claiborne left with a concussion after getting
hurt in the second quarter.
Packers: The Packers' thin secondary, which was already without CBs
Sam Shields (concussion) and Quinten Rollins (groin), lost
cornerback Damarious Randall in the second quarter after he
re-aggravated a groin injury. ... WR Davante Adams left in the third
quarter to be evaluated for a concussion. ... RT Bryan Bulaga left
late with a back injury.
Cowboys: Host the Philadelphia Eagles on Oct. 30 after a bye next
Packers: Host the Chicago Bears on Thursday night.