At this point, the idea of putting Tony Romo back into the Cowboys starting lineup at quarterback feels like putting Val Kilmer back in the suit for another Batman movie.
Dak Prescott threw his first professional interception and lost a fumble in Sunday’s 30-16 win over the Packers, but those miscues don’t do much to dim another impressive performance by the fourth-round pick. Prescott completed 18-of-27 passes for 247 yards and three touchdowns as the Cowboys went into Lambeau Field and smothered the home team. Prescott hooked up with Cole Beasley for two scores, found Lucky Whitehead for a 35-yard gain that helped dash any Green Bay thoughts of a comeback and looked as comfortable as one could be behind the Cowboys offensive line.
It helps that Prescott’s fellow rookie Ezekiel Elliott remains a beast in the running game. Elliott ran 28 times for 157 yards against what was the league’s top rush defense and now has at least 134 rushing yards in each of the last four games. That was exactly what the Cowboys hoped for given Elliott’s draft position and college production and the two rookies have the Cowboys at 5-1 heading into their bye week.
The Cowboys defense didn’t have such high expectations, but they were in good form Sunday even though their pass rush never really got going. They forced four turnovers and kept the Packers searching for the offensive consistency that was once a hallmark of the team. Aaron Rodgers was 31-of-42 for 294 yards, a touchdown and an interception, but those numbers look better than the actual on-field product as the Packers didn’t find the end zone until the fourth quarter.
That was the first second half touchdown pass of the year for Rodgers and, much to his dismay, Packers coach Mike McCarthy is going to be facing more questions about what’s wrong with his offense. They won’t have much time to figure it out before hosting the Bears on Thursday night and, judging by the crowd’s reaction on Sunday, patience is running thin in Green Bay.