Arlington — The game was billed as a showdown between two of the NFL’s young gunslingers, but it was no contest on this night. Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz the clear winner with Cowboys signal caller Dak Prescott suffering through his worst game as a professional.
Prescott threw three interceptions in a game for the first time in his career and also lost a fumbled that was quickly returned for an Eagles touchdown.
“We’re not moving the ball,” said Prescott. “We’re not doing the things that we need to do. It’s as simple as that. Our run game get’s going, and our pass game is not. We have to find a way for guys to be more consistent.”
Life without his running mate running back Zeke Elliott has proved problematic for the Cowboys sophomore signal caller. So much so that on this night we saw something we had never seen from Prescott as a pro.
He pressed, repeatedly.
The calm, poised, and resilient quarterback we’ve become so accustomed to, tried to do to much in his desire to rally the team.
But Prescott doesn’t see it that way, “To me, I forced one pick. Other than that, it is a tipped ball and miscommunication. I’m not making excuses for my interceptions obviously, but forcing the ball, I’m trying to do better at that.”
“When you get behind that’s what happens,” said tight end Jason Witten. “We’ve got to do a better job of helping him out.”
How bad has it been without Elliott? The Cowboys have scored just one touchdown in the last eight quarters. That drive covered just 21 yards, coming after a Xavier Woods interception.
Despite the offensive production bottoming out the last two games, Witten says he’s sure Prescott and the Cowboys offense can bounce back.
“He’s just as mentally tough a young player as I’ve seen in my 15 years with this organization and studying a lot of guys around the league,” said Witten of Prescott. “So, I know he’s made of the right stuff and we’ll all come back.
“The guy has got ice in his veins. He really does. You can’t put it on him. It’s all of us. We have to perform better.”