Rookie QB Prescott pick up first victory for Cowboys
Landover, Md – . — Discussing Dak Prescott after the rookie quarterback’s first NFL victory, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones managed to throw in references to folks such as Troy Aikman, Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger — QBs with nine Super Bowl victories combined.
Not bad company for a guy who was a fourth-round draft pick and is only playing because Tony Romo is out with an injured back.
Prescott ran for a 6-yard TD , went 22 for 30 for 292 yards, and showed a veteran’s poise in the pocket, helping Dallas beat Washington 27-23 on Sunday as he stayed turnover-free as a pro so far.
“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 — and both of those victories came at Washington (0-2).
Alfred Morris scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 4-yard run with under five minutes left against his former club, taking advantage after Washington’s Kirk Cousins threw an end-zone interception.
Morris was drafted by Washington in 2012 and played his first four seasons there. But his role was reduced last year and he was allowed to leave as a free agent. His first TD in a Cowboys uniform capped an 80-yard drive that started when Barry Church picked off a pass from Cousins intended for Pierre Garcon.
“This is a quarterback-driven league,” Cousins said. “I need to play at a high level, week in and week out.”
Through two games, he has three interceptions and only one TD pass , an 11-yarder to Jamison Crowder in the third quarter that gave Washington its first lead, 17-13.
But Cousins and the defending NFC East champions will rue the second-half chances they wasted. They got the ball inside Dallas’ 40 on consecutive possessions — once because of a failed onside kick, once because cornerback Josh Norman caused one of the two fumbles by Dallas rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott — but settled for a field goal each time.
Still, Washington led 23-20 and appeared on its way to adding to the margin after Cousins began a drive by completing a 57-yard pass to rookie Josh Doctson. But on third-and-goal at the 6 with 101/2 minutes left, Cousins put the ball right in Church’s gut.
“Everybody thinks we’re in the morgue or something. We’re not dead, by no means,.” Norman said of Washington’s 0-2 start.
One big question entering the game was whether Norman would be assigned to cover Cowboys WR Dez Bryant no matter where the receiver lined up — or stick to one side of the field, as the $75 million defensive back primarily did in Week 1.Norman mainly remained on the left side of Washington’s defense.