Monday 21 August 2017 / 07:03 AM

DAK AND COWBOYS PASS ANOTHER TEST

The setting on Sunday was ideal for Dallas Cowboys’ boom quarterback Dak Prescott to prove his game against an established team, the Pittsburgh Steelers. For the first time in a long time, I actually had confidence in the Cowboys going against a big-name team like the Steelers.

Granted, this isn’t close to being the 2009 Super Bowl Steelers, but the team has stayed consistently good. Well, maybe except for this season, as the Cowboys just handed the Steelers their fourth consecutive loss via a 35-30 result.

The biggest shocker of the 2016 NFL season might be that the Cowboys are 8-1 – and they could have even been 9-0 if not for their close loss to the New York Giants in the first week.

Both teams played a good game that came down to the wire. In the winding minutes of the 4th quarter, the Steelers scored a touchdown that left the Cowboys fighting against the clock to at least get into field goal territory. The Cowboys got some major yardage and landed a touchdown, leaving the Steelers just a few seconds to do try and pull the match out of the fire.

Dak Prescott had his first 300+-yard game in a phenomenal shootout against the Steelers, with 319 yards on 22/32 attempts with 2 TD and 0 interceptions. Ezekiel Elliott also had a great game with 114 yards on 21 carries, scoring 3 TDs (2 from rushing, 1 from receiving).

Watching these two tyros run the Cowboys offense is inspirational enough for any kid coming out of the NCAA. Prescott is 23, whereas Elliott is only 21 years old. Wide receiver Dez Bryant put up 116 receiving yards and caught a 50-yard lob for a touchdown. Bryant played an amazing game considered he learned of his father’s death just a day earlier.

Ben Roethlisberger had a monster game for Pittsburgh, throwing for 408 yards on 37/46 attempts with 3 TDs and 0 interceptions. It’s safe to say he’s back to playing good football. Le’Veon Bell rushed for 57 yards and 1 TD for the Steelers as well.

Comparing ‘Big Ben’ to Dak leaves the rookie some room to grow, but the fact we’re even making that comparison is good for Prescott. It’s interesting to note that Roethlisberger became the youngest QB to win a Super Bowl at the age of 23.

Elliott’s rushing shone bright today, especially when the top rusher for the Steelers got half of his yardage and a third of his touchdowns.

The Cowboys are also the heavy lead in the NFC East, ahead of Eli Manning and the Giants, Kirk Cousins and the Redskins, and Carson Wentz and the Eagles. This is a testament not only to how much the Cowboys have changed, but how good of a leader and quarterback Dak Prescott is turning out to be.

Let’s dive into the wonder that is Dak Prescott. This 23-year-old kid was drafted 135th in the 4th round, and is absolutely putting Cowboys veteran QB Tony Romo to shame. I mean, if you’ve got a 36-year-old veteran cheerfully willing to play backup to a rookie, it’s safe to say you’re going places.

Not only does this kid have a cannon as seen in his bomb to Bryant on Sunday night, but he can take a hit. Being able to soak up shots gives him more composure without the fear of being flattened by a linebacker.

The good news for the Steelers is that they play the Browns next and should be able to stop the bloodletting against the 0-10 battlers. Then again, if the Steelers lose to the Browns they are going to look extremely bad, but I’m fairly confident this would be a breeze for even Pittsburgh’s second string.

Dak Prescott and the Cowboys will go on next week to take on another former Super Bowl champion QB in Joe Flacco and the Ravens.

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Alex Moskov

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