Cowboys Bury Bears 31-17 in National Spotlight to Improve to 2-1

Chicago Bears v Dallas Cowboys

Dak Prescott led scoring drives on all four Dallas possessions in the first half before throwing his first career touchdown pass, and the Cowboys beat the Chicago Bears 31-17 on Sunday night to snap an eight-game home losing streak.

With his second straight win, Prescott doubled the number of victories the Cowboys (2-1) had in 14 games without injured quarterback Tony Romo over three seasons before the rookie fourth-round pick showed up.

Prescott’s first TD pass was a 17-yarder to Dez Bryant for a 31-10 lead in the fourth quarter, and he’s up to 99 throws without an interception to start his career. Philadelphia rookie Carson Wentz has 102, and those are the two highest career-opening totals in NFL history.

Brian Hoyer had trouble moving the Chicago offense early with Jay Cutler sidelined by a sprained right thumb as the Bears fell behind 24-3 at halftime and dropped to 0-3 for the second time in two seasons under coach John Fox.

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Bears at Cowboys NFL Week Three Capsule



STREAKS 3 of past 4  
COACHES VS. OPP. John Fox: 1-6 Jason Garrett: 1-2
LAST WEEK L 29-14 vs. Philadelphia W 27-23 at Washington
LAST GAME 12/4/14: Cowboys 41 at Bears 28. Dallas QB Tony Romo throws for 205 yards & 3 TDs.

Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray rushes for 179 yards & TD.

LAST GAME AT SITE 10/1/12: Bears 34, Cowboys 18. Chicago QB Jay Cutler throws for 275 yards & 2 TDs for 140.1 rating. Bears WR Brandon Marshall has 7 catches for 138 yards & TD.
REFEREE Craig Wrolstad
BROADCAST NBC (8:30 PM ET): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya (Field reporter). Westwood One: Kevin Kugler, James Lofton. SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 83 (Chi), 81 (Dal). XM: 88 (WW1), 226 (Chi), 225 (Dal).


PASSING Jay Cutler: 28-46-373-1-2-75.7 Dak Prescott (R): 47-75-519-0-0-83.1
RUSHING Jeremy Langford: 28-85-3.0-2 Ezekiel Elliott (R): 41-134-3.3-2
RECEIVING Alshon Jeffery: 9-201-22.3-0 Cole Beasley: 13-140-10.8-0
OFFENSE 271.0 354.0
DEFENSE 312.0 374.0
SACKS 3 tied: 1 4 tied: 1
INTs Tracy Porter: 1 Brandon Carr, Barry Church: 1
PUNTING Pat O’Donnell: 40.6 Chris Jones: 48.2
KICKING Connor Barth: 4 (4/4 PAT; 0/1 FG) Dan Bailey: 22 (4/4 PAT; 6/6 FG)


BEARS: QB JAY CUTLER passed for 341 yards & 2 TDs & added rush TD in last meeting. Averaging 297.7 yards per game with 7 TDs vs. 1 INT for 118.8 rating in 3 career meetings…RB JEREMY LANGFORD aims for 3rd in row with rush TD…WR ALSHON JEFFERY had 6 catches for 95 yards & TD in last meeting. Aims for 3rd in row vs. Dal with TD catch…LB SAM ACHO had sack in Week 2. LB DANNY TREVATHAN had INT in only game vs Chi (10/6/13 with Den). LB WILLIE YOUNG had sack last week. Has sack in 2 of 3 career games vs. Dal. CB JACOBY GLENN led team with 7 tackles & 2 PD in Week 2. CB TRACY PORTER aims for 4th in row vs. Dal with 6+ tackles…COWBOYS: Rookie QB DAK PRESCOTT has 75 pass att. without INT, most att. without INT in 1st 2 career games in NFL history. Rushed for 6-yard TD last week, 1st career TD…Rookie RB EZEKIEL ELLIOTT rushed for 83 yards & TD vs. Was. Has rush TD in both career games. RB ALFRED MORRIS had rush TD in Week 2…WR COLE BEASLEY caught 2 TDs in last meeting. Had 5 receptions for 75 yards last week. WR DEZ BRYANT had 7 receptions for 102 yards vs. Was. Aims for 4th in row vs. Chi with 80+ rec. yards or TD. Since 2011, has 53 rec. TDs, 2nd most in NFL…TE JASON WITTEN has TD catch in 2 of past 3 vs. Chi. Had 13 receptions for 112 yards & TD in last home meeting…LB SEAN LEE has 12 INTs since entering NFL in 2010, tied most by LB (LUKE KUECHLY). Led team with 10 tackles in Week 2. CB ORLANDO SCANDRICK had 9 tackles & INT in last meeting…S BARRY CHURCH had INT last week. Has 7+ tackles in 5 of past 6.

Cowboys Gut Out Road Win Over Rival Redskins 27-23

Dallas Cowboys v Washington Redskins

Discussing Dak Prescott after the rookie quarterback’s first NFL victory, Dallas 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 the Cowboys beat the Washington Redskins 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).

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Ezekiel Elliot: Can He Break The Rookie Rushing Record?


Ezekiel Elliot is seen as one of the rising stars of the Dallas Cowboys. Fans are seeing him as a player that might break a lot of records, including that of the rookie rushing record. Bloggingtheboys author DannyPhantom, a fan himself, sure hopes to see it happening – and has asked Eric Dickerson, the current holder of the record, about his opinion about this possibility. Dickerson, of course, wouldn’t bet on him, not even at the best online gambling & betting site, since breaking the rookie rushing record is not as simple as it might seem.

Big shoes to fill

Dickerson has had one of the best rookie seasons in NFL history. He was the rising star of the League in 1983, and the season was one of the best ever for any running back ever. Dickerson was named the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, the NFL Offensive Player of the Year, and the NFL’s Most Valuable Player, all in the same season.

It will be broken, eventually…

“I think eventually it will be broken”, Dickerson told “I think somebody will break it one day. The one I always said is going to be the hardest one to break is my rookie rushing record, because you get one shot at it. 1,880 yards, I think I had 20 touchdowns. I think that’s just going to be difficult to break, because a rookie that can get those chances you can get to run the football, it just happened to work out for me that year. I had a great season, but I always say this, as my rookie season went on around Week 11 or 12, I got tired. I wasn’t used to the 20 game season, with preseason counting in there with those four extra games. I just started dropping weight”.


Apparently, Elliot has what it takes to break a lot of records in his career, even during his rookie season, but what he lacks is out of his control: opportunity. Running back was a much more important part of any game three decades ago. Today you rarely ever see a back get as many touches as Dickerson had in his time. But predicting how many records the rising star of the Cowboys can break is a bit too early, as Elliot still has to prove his worth in the regular season.

Ezekiel “Zeke” Elliot is a player with a lot of potential. During his college football career, he earned All American honors with the Ohio State last year, and was named the Offensive MVP both at the 2015 Sugar Bowl and the 2015 College Football Playoff National Championship Game.

Cowboys at Redskins Wednesday Injury Report

Practice Report
  Wednesday LB Mark Nzeocha (achilles), QB Tony Romo (back), DE Charles Tapper (back)
  Wednesday DE Jack Crawford (shoulder)
  Wednesday G Ronald Leary (groin)
Practice Report
  Wednesday DE Chris Baker (rib, elbow), T Morgan Moses (knee), DE Kendall Reyes (groin)
  Wednesday S David Bruton (chest), WR Josh Doctson (achilles), RB Matt Jones (shoulder), LB Preston Smith (oblique)

Cowboys WR Bryant Says He’s Looking Forward to Facing Redskins CB Josh Norman


Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant had a heated battle with Josh Normaqn last season when Norman was playing for the Panthers. Bryant, who was battling foot, ankle and knee injuries, was held to two catches for 26 yards.

Bryant said Tuesday that he’s looking forward to facing Norman again, Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News reports.

“I can’t wait,” Bryant aaid. “I think it’s going to be exciting for both sides. We look forward to playing some great football.”

Norman was very complimentary of Bryant during an ESPN TV appearance in July, saying that he liked facing the two-time Pro Bowler because he brings the best out of him.

“The feeling’s mutual,” Bryant said. “He has earned his respect in this league. When you go up against a guy like that, you’re going to have bring your best because if you don’t, he’ll get the best of you.”

Cowboys vs Redskins NFL Week Two Capsule




STREAKS 4 of past 6
COACHES VS. OPP. Jason Garrett: 7-4 Jay Gruden: 2-2
LAST WEEK L 20-19 vs. New York Giants L 38-16 vs. Pittsburgh
LAST GAME 01/03/16: Redskins 34 at Cowboys 23. Washington QB Kirk Cousins passes for 176 yards & 3 TDs. Redskins WR Jamison Crowder has 5 receptions for 109 yards & TD.
LAST GAME AT SITE 12/07/15: Cowboys 19, Redskins 16. Dallas K Dan Bailey kicks GW 54-yard FG with :09 seconds remaining in 4th quarter. Dallas DE Demarcus Lawrence records 2 sacks & FF.
REFEREE Bill Vinovich
BROADCAST FOX (1:00 PM ET): Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch, Pam Oliver (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 84 (Dal), 134 (Was). XM: 380 (Dal), 229 (Was).


PASSING Dak Prescott (R): 25-45-227-0-0-69.4 Kirk Cousins: 30-43-329-0-2-72.7
RUSHING Ezekiel Elliott (R): 20-51-2.6-1 Matt Jones: 7-24-3.4-0
RECEIVING Jason Witten (TE): 9 (T2L)-66-7.3-0 Jordan Reed (TE): 7-64-9.1-0
OFFENSE 328.0 384.0
DEFENSE 316.0 435.0
SACKS Benson Mayowa, Orlando Scandrick: 1 Ryan Kerrigan: 1
INTs Brandon Carr: 1 (T1L) Bashaud Breeland: 1 (T1L)
PUNTING Chris Jones: 49.0 Tress Way: 27.0
KICKING Dan Bailey: 13 (T1L) (1/1 PAT; 4/4 FG) Dustin Hopkins: 10 (1/1 PAT; 3/3 FG)


COWBOYS: QB DAK PRESCOTTT & RB EZEKIEL ELLIOTT are 1st rookie QB & RB tandem to start season opener for Cowboys since HOF QB ROGER STAUBACH & RB CALVIN HILL in 1969. Prescott passed for 227 yards in Week 1. Elliott had 1st career rush TD last week. RB ALFRED MORRIS spent past 4 seasons with Was. Since entering NFL in 2012, ranks 2nd in league with 4,748 rush yards & is 6th with 29 TDs…WR DEZ BRYANT has 4 rec. TDs in past 4 vs. Was. TE JASON WITTEN aims for 3rd in row with 8+ catches vs. Was. Had TD catch in last meeting…LB SEAN LEE led team with 10 tackles in Week 1. Has 12 INTs since entering NFL in 2010, most by LB. CB BRANDON CARR recorded INT & 2 tackles last week. CB ORLANDO SCANDRICK had sack & FF last week. DE BENSON MAYOWA had sack in Week 1…REDSKINS: QB KIRK COUSINS passed for 329 yards in Week 1. Had 3 TDs & 155.1 rating in last start vs. Dal. Aims for 3rd in row with 3+ TDs vs. NFC East…RB CHRIS THOMPSON had 1st career rush TD last week…WR DE SEAN JACKSON had 6 catches for 102 yards in Week 1. Has 80+ rec. yards or TD in past 3 vs. Dal. Has TD catch in 3 of past 4 vs. NFC East. WR PIERRE GARCON aims for 2nd in row with rec. TD vs. Dal. TE JORDAN REED had 7 catches for 64 yards in Week 1. Led team in catches (87), rec. yards (952) & rec. TDs (11) last season. In last meeting vs. Dal. (9/7/14 with SF), TE VERNON DAVIS had 2 rec. TDs…LB MASON FOSTER led team with 14 tackles last week. Has 8+ tackles in 3 of past 4. LB RYAN KERRIGAN had sack & FF in Week 1. Aims for 2nd in row vs. Dal. with sack. Since entering NFL in 2011, is 1 of 2 with 45+ sacks (48.5) & 2+ INT-TDs (2). CB BASHAUD BREELAND had 9 tackles & INT last week. CB JOSH NORMAN had 2 PDs & 6 tackles last week in 1st game with Was.

Owner Jerry Jones Has High Hopes; Will the Cowboys Make Him Proud?


It starts with promise every season, but lately the Cowboys have not been able to reach their potential, blasted with players that haven’t lived up to potential as well as crushing injuries.

They hope that 2016 will be different, but so far the track record doesn’t seem to be falling in place. The team already is on their backup quarterback, but don’t tell owner Jerry Jones that the season is already over with Dak Prescott running the show.

“I think and expect us to play winning football with him at quarterback,” Jones told reporters at The Star in Frisco on Thursday. “I think we’ll win football games with him.”

That doesn’t mean that the Cowboys and Jones have written off regular QB Tony Romo, but right now the team is faced with a future with Prescott, and they will make the best of it.

“Make no mistake,” Jones cautioned. “We would be a better team with [Romo] out there.”

Prescott has been very good under at center this preseason, throwing five touchdowns and putting up a near-perfect 137.8 passer rating.

Right now the 74-year-old Jones is putting the most positive spin on the situation with Prescott under center, but at the same time, the young QB could eventually be the solution under center if Romo can’t get back and if he continues to play at a high level.

The Cowboys are in a division that is very winnable, one that saw Washington take home the division at 9-7 a year ago. The other two teams, the Eagles and Giants, will be in the mix, but that doesn’t mean a big season from Prescott won’t mean this team can’t surprise and win the division.

The team will get a taste of the NFC East right away on Sunday as they take on the New York Giants, a team with a new coach and a bit of a revamping, another club though that has high hopes in a division that can see any team win it.

Since the glory days with Jones hoisting Super Bowl trophies, the Cowboys have had frustration after frustration. They have won division titles, but have never been able to get the Super Bowl, something that Jones always says is the teams’ ultimate goal.

This season starts very differently with Jones watching as his new QB in Prescott is under center. With Dak Prescott, William Hill 1st Quarter Spreads have Dallas still at 9.5 wins as their over/under for the season.  Not bad starting the year with a backup QB.

Now we’ll see if he can get the job done.