Dak Prescott didn’t lead the Dallas Cowboys to victory in Week 1, but the unexpected rookie starter at quarterback didn’t look flustered like many expected. Prescott, a preseason standout, didn’t wow anybody in the team’s loss to the rival New York Giants, but he looked like he had a firm command of the offense.
He’ll try and get back on the horse when the Cowboys travel to take on Washington, another NFC East rival, in Week 2 on Sunday. The game will be broadcast on television by FOX, with a live stream available at FOX Sports GO, provided the game is being served up to your local market.
The Cowboys asked Prescott, a fourth-round pick in this year’s draft, to throw a total of 45 times in his first ever regular season game. Prescott completed 25 of those passes for 227 yards and managed to avoid being sacked all game. He did not find the end zone, though he also did not throw an interception.
Unfortunately, the Cowboys just couldn’t reliably score after moving the ball. Rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott is still expected to lead a productive rushing attack behind Dallas’ stellar offensive line, but in his debut he only managed a 2.5 yards per carry average, compiling 51 yards on 20 carries.
Elliott, a top 10 pick in this year’s draft, did manage to score a touchdown on the ground, but ultimately the Cowboys were ineffective moving the ball on the ground. Dallas had the lead in the game until the Giants managed a touchdown pass in the final seven minutes of play.
But if there’s one thing going for them, it’s the fact that they played a close game, while Washington is coming off a beatdown at the hands of the Pittsburgh Steelers. That game saw starting quarterback Kirk Cousins struggle, not looking at all like the player who broke out with 29 touchdowns against just 11 interceptions in 2015.
Against the Steelers, Cousins completed 30 of 43 passes, which is a nice, high percentage, but he threw no touchdowns and gave the ball up on interceptions twice. There was no relief on the ground either, as starter Matt Jones put up just 24 yards on seven carries.
Washington allowed Ben Roethlisberger to throw for 300 yards and three touchdowns, running back DeAngelo Williams to run for 143 yards and two touchdowns and Antonio Brown to catch eight passes for 126 yards and two touchdowns. The Steelers are a much better offensive team than the Cowboys, but just about everybody involved has a big day against Washington’s defense.
One of the biggest concerns was the fact that cornerback Josh Norman, who received a massive contract in free agency this offseason, wasn’t covering Brown, Pittsburgh’s top receiver. Washington didn’t feel like it was a good matchup, something that Dez Bryant of the Cowboys will want to keep in mind.
How to Watch Cowboys vs. Washington on Sunday
Time: 1 p.m. ET
Location: FedEx Field, Landover, Md.
Announcers: Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch
Online Streaming: Sunday Ticket