Former Haughton star Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys continued their winning ways Sunday in Cleveland.
The rookie quarterback completed 21 of 27 passes for 247 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions in a 35-10 victory over the Browns. His quarterback rating was a career-best 141.8.
The Cowboys completed the first half of the season 7-1 with their seventh straight victory.
Prescott and Jason Witten hooked up eight times for 134 yards, including a 26-yard touchdown.
“I thought Dak did a great job of reading the throw and allowing us to press vertically and make some plays,” Witten said.
Witten continues to be impressed with how Prescott’s performed so far.
“It’s really remarkable,” he said. “This is a tough league. This is a grown man’s game and it’s physical. Mentally it’s challenging, especially at the quarterback position.
“(Dak) doesn’t act like a rookie. He comes back. He’s critical of himself when he makes mistakes. He takes ownership in it. Through eight weeks, you look at what he’s done, it speaks volumes to him, his preparation, building the trust of the people around him. He’s done a great job.”
Prescott’s other TD passes went to Cole Beasley (6 yards) and Gavin Escobar (2 yards). Five other receivers caught passes.
Rookie Ezekiel Elliott had another good game, rushing for 92 yards on 18 carries and scoring two touchdowns.
“Those guys around me made plays all day long,” Prescott told reporters. “The offensive line protected. The receivers and running backs did what they always do.”
Prescott was coming off perhaps his worst overall performance of the season in the overtime win against Philadelphia.
“I felt myself a couple of times on my back foot so that’s something I’ll go back and check on film to see if I made progress,” he said of the Philadelphia game. “Certainly, right after the game I feel like I did.”
For the season, Prescott has completed 165 of 248 passes for 2,020 yards and 12 touchdowns with two interceptions.
The Cowboys travel to Pittsburgh Sunday for a 3:25 p.m. game against the Steelers (4-4), who are coming off a 21-14 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.
As usual, Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones was asked about Tony Romo’s status. Prescott replaced the veteran after he broke a bone in his back during a preseason game.
“We’ve got some real talent at our quarterback position,” Jones told reporters late Sunday. “I think Tony Romo is one of the best quarterbacks that have played this game.
“My real regret would be to have had him here and not won a Super Bowl with him. He’s that talented. Then I look at Dak and how he’s playing, his future. I just don’t have a problem with his situation.”
— Russell Hedges, email@example.com