The Dallas Cowboys came into Sunday’s game riding a five-game winning streak. But by the end of it, they didn’t score a single point against the Indianapolis Colts. And in the process, the fell to 8-6 while maintaining just a one-game lead over the Redskins in the NFC East. Quarterback Dak Prescott was just 10 years old the last time Dallas was shutout. That’s how long it’s been. And make no mistake about it, Prescott is not feeling good.
“Any competitor never wants to get shut out,” Prescott told ESPN’s Todd Archer following the loss. “The shutout definitely hurts. The shutout definitely pisses you off, especially when you’re down there early in the red zone and you have opportunities to score and you don’t. So, yeah, 100 percent we’ve got to find ways to capitalize and score in the red zone. We do that, we don’t get shut out.”
On the afternoon, Prescott went just 24-of-39 with 209 yards and an interception. Ezekiel Elliott put up 87 yards on the ground while averaging 4.8 yards per carry, but it didn’t matter. Prescott couldn’t get going, and neither could the Cowboys. He did target Amari Cooper seven times on Sunday, but Coop caught four of those passes for just 32 yards.
“A loss is a loss, but at the same time you never want to lose in that form or fashion,” offensive lineman La’el Collins added.
And he’s right. But it’s a loss they need to shake off quickly, as they’re only one game ahead of Washington with two games to play. Fortunately for them, they host the Buccaneers next week before closing out the season against the New York Giants. Meanwhile, the Redskins travel to Tennessee to take on the Titans before hosting the Eagles to close out their season. In other words, the Cowboys have the advantage.
But after looking like a new man with the addition of Cooper, Prescott struggled mightily on Sunday. Can he get back on track next weekend?