Dak Prescott and Dallas Cowboys get bombed by Denver Broncos in amazement
Talk about an uninviting return to action.
Dak Prescott had his worst game of the season – and worst in recent memory – coming back from a calf injury for the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.
The Denver Broncos were responsible for the massive upheaval, toppling the Cowboys 30-16 in Dallas behind a special performance from defense and quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.
However, as much as the Broncos deserve a bunch of credit, the Dallas spawner is what has generated the most buzz.
Make no mistake, this was a failure on the part of the Cowboys at all levels, but let’s start with Prescott’s day.
Inactive since Week 6’s 35-29 overtime win over the New England Patriots – one week spent on a pass, the other spent treating a calf injury – Prescott has next to nothing against the defense of Denver until the game is out of reach.
He finished 19-for-39 for 232 yards, two touchdowns, one interception and a 73.9 passer rating. His 48.7% completion tied the second worst mark of his career, set in Week 8 of 2016.
Prescott’s numbers get even more glaring if you remove the two consolation touchdown discs late in the game.
Prior to that, Prescott was 8 for 22 (36.4%) for 102 yards for Dallas, who was shutout 30-0 after the Denver field goal with 6:36 left.
The Cowboys QB hasn’t received much help from their star-studded offensive weaponry either. Dallas’ 290 total yards in the loss marked the team’s lowest total yards this season by a wide margin, as it was the first time they’ve been held under 380 total yards.
Running back Ezekiel Elliott, who went back and forth in the game with a knee bruise, only managed 51 yards on 10 carries. Meanwhile, Amari Cooper and CeeDee Lamb’s extended tandem made four combined catches for 60 yards – but each had at least one fall in the game.
The Cowboys’ opening practice, which ended in a failed conversion on fourth base, summed up their failing offense. Overall, the Cowboys were 0 for 4 on the fourth down and 5 for 13 on the third down.
The defense didn’t do much better, allowing Denver to score on three straight shots (touchdown, touchdown, basket) on the Broncos’ second, third and fourth possessions of the game, giving them a 16-0 advantage.
Outstanding cornerback Trevon Diggs also had a forgettable day, getting cooked off by Broncos Tim Patrick on multiple occasions and saving penalties that extended Denver’s practices.
Even when the Cowboys did plays, things ended up blowing up in their face.
Dallas blocked a Denver punt in the third quarter, but a Cowboys player touched the ball past the scrimmage line, and the Broncos recovered, giving them another run of lows on the sleeve.
Overall, it was an unforgettable day for the Cowboys, who have fallen to 6-2 this season and saw their six-game winning streak come to an end.
The good news? They still have a comfortable lead in the NFC East, regardless of the outcome of the Philadelphia Eagles clash with the Los Angeles Chargers in the final window.
Here’s how social media reacted to the Dallas fall:
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