The Dallas Cowboys’ winning streak reached 10 Thursday afternoon behind another solid performance from rookie quarterback Dak Prescott, a former Haughton star.
Prescott completed 17 of 24 passes for 195 yards and one touchdowns with no interceptions in a 31-26 victory over the Washington Redskins at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. He also ran for 39 yards on eight carries and scored a touchdown.
The Cowboys improved to 10-1. The Redskins dropped to 6-4-1.
“We’re just having fun,” Prescott told reporters after the game. “We’re not waiting for someone to make a play. Wherever the ball goes, that person is ready to make a play. They want to be the one who goes and scores, and we expect to score a touchdown every play. Nothing we do surprises us.”
Prescott completed a 10-yard pass to Terrance Williams give the Cowboys a 17-3 lead in the second quarter. The pass capped a six-play, 55-yard drive.
After Washington cut the lead to 17-12 in the third quarter, Prescott scored on a 6-yard run to cap a seven-play, 75-yard drive.
With the Cowboys leading 24-19 and facing a third-and-9 from the Redskins 27, Prescott fired a 26-yard to Dez Bryant. Ezekiel Elliott scored on the next play to put Dallas ahead 31-19 with 6:29 left.
Elliott, Prescott’s fellow rookie, had another impressive performance, rushing for 97 yards on 20 carries and scoring two TDs.
“Those rookies are leaders,” Bryant said in his postgame press conference. “We’re behind them 100 percent. They are phenomenal players, and they are extremely blessed. We just want to be there for them. They’re great.”
Washington cut the lead to five with 1:53 left. But Prescott completed an 8-yard pass to Cole Beasley for a first down. He then took a knee twice and ran out the clock.
For the season, Prescott has completed 234 of 340 passes for 2,835 yards and 18 touchdowns with just two interceptions. His quarterback rating is an impressive 108.6.
The Cowboys play the Minnesota Vikings (6-5) Thursday night at 7:25 p.m. at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.
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