Prescott, Cowboys put Romo talk to bed with win over Bucs
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Time for the Dak Prescott haters to feel silly. All last week, after the Dallas Cowboys’ second loss of the season, they were calling for Tony Romo to return as starting quarterback. They thought it was time to bench Prescott – the man who helped lead the team to 11 straight wins.
Well, it’s a good thing the Cowboys brass didn’t listen. Prescott was back this week, leading the Cowboys to a 26-20 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He was once again sensational, completing 32-of-36 passes for 279 yards while running for a score, and got 159 yards rushing and a touchdown from Ezekiel Elliott.
Elliott was also one of the stars of the game (as usual). He rushed for a career-high 159 yards, including a touchdown – which he celebrated by jumping into a Salvation Army red kettle set up on the sidelines. (Unfortunately, he was penalized for that stunt, however popular it was with the fans and even the refs.) Elliott now needs only 258 rushing yards to break the rookie record of 1,808, which certainly seems doable with two games left in the season.
For the Buccaneers, star Jameis Winston was all over the board. First, he was terrible. Then, he rallied Tampa Bay with two touchdown passes to give them a 20-17 lead. Then, he threw an interception. Obviously, that kind of inconsistency couldn’t match Prescott’s performance Sunday.
“We saw the streaky side a little bit of Jameis,” Bucs coach Dirk Koetter said. “We got off to a slow start and that whole first half, even though we got a good drive and got that early lead, against a team like this you can’t kick field goals and expect to win. The flip side is what Jameis was able to do when we got some rhythm going in the third quarter. That’s a plus, that shows you what we’re capable of doing when we’re firing. He got hot and we came back.”
For a team that’s now 8-6 in the season, the Buccaneers kept it pretty close against the Cowboys, the best team in the NFL. Unfortunately, this loss ended their five-game winning streak and lost their standing as the final NFC wild-card team. To have a shot at the postseason now, they’ll need to win their next two games – and even then, there’s no certainty.
In the end, the Cowboys played like the stronger team that they are. Elliott was a force to be reckoned with, and Prescott put to bed the Romo talk.