Dak Prescott played only two series, but he was so good the Cowboys didn’t need to see anymore.
The second-year quarterback completed 7-of-8 passes for 106 yards and a touchdown. Although he wasn’t perfect — his one incompletion was intended for Cole Beasley — Prescott finished with a perfect passer rating (158.3).
It was Prescott’s first action since the divisional-round playoff loss to the Packers ended his rookie season.
“It felt great,” Prescott said in halftime quotes distributed by the team. “I was ready to play a lot more than I did. I think what we’re getting at is getting the routes locked in ready to go. It was good to get back out there.”
Prescott spent the offseason working on throwing a better deep ball after completing only 38 passes that traveled over 20 yards through the air last season. He showed the progress with a 32-yard, back-shoulder throw to Dez Bryant for a touchdown, completing a six-play, 95-yard drive to start the night for the Cowboys.
Bryant finished with two catches for 55 yards as he tries to regain his 2014 All-Pro form after two injury-plagued seasons.
“I don’t know if I can honestly put it into words just how much better of a player he is, and we were just talking about how good his body feels,” Prescott said. “He’s just a much better player right now than what he was last year at this time. Our chemistry is growing, so it’s fun.”
On the Cowboys’ second series, Prescott drove them from the Colts 17 to the Dallas 15 before a Darren McFadden fumble.
Prescott said he is a better quarterback now than he was a year ago when he won offensive rookie of the year honors and threw 23 touchdowns and only four interceptions.
“A lot more confidence; a lot more knowledge in what I’m doing,” Prescott said. “I’m just going out there and trying to give all these guys on offense a chance with the ball.”