Cow­boys, rookie QB look to keep rolling vs. Pack­ers

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS - By Genaro C. Armas

Dal­las quar­ter­back Dak Prescott’s NFL ca­reer is off to a great start. Vet­eran Aaron Rodgers is look­ing for more con­sis­tency in Green Bay.

It’s a sur­prise that the Cow­boys’ young sig­nal­caller has been more ac­cu­rate than the two-time NFL MVP more than a month into the sea­son. They’ll meet for the first time today when Dal­las (4-1) vis­its Lam­beau Field to face the Pack­ers (3-1).

Prescott, fourth in the league in com­ple­tion per­cent­age at 69 per­cent, has yet to throw an in­ter­cep­tion. Rodgers is 31st in the NFL at 56 per­cent, with three picks.

“He looks like he’s played in the of­fense for quite some time,” Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy said about Prescott. “He’s done a re­ally good job par­tic­u­larly ... as far as his de­ci­sions with where he goes with the foot­ball.”

Quite im­pres­sive for a rookie who took over af­ter vet­eran Tony Romo went down with a back in­jury in the pre­sea­son. Prescott has at­tempted 155 passes with­out an in­ter­cep­tion, sec­ond most by a quar­ter­back to start his NFL ca­reer be­hind New England’s Tom Brady (162.) Prescott is off to the best in­ter­cep­tion-free start for a rookie.

“I’ve got high ex­pec­ta­tions for my­self. I only want to get bet­ter,” Prescott said.

It sure helps to be able to hand the ball off to the league’s lead­ing rusher in rookie Ezekiel El­liott (109.2 yards per game).

Rodgers’ com­ple­tion per­cent­age may be un­char­ac­ter­is­ti­cally low, though it’s not like the Pack­ers’ of­fense is stuck in neu­tral. Rodgers has thrown nine touch­down passes, five to Jordy Nelson. Green Bay amassed a sea­son-high 406 yards in to­tal of­fense in last week’s 23-16 victory over the New York Giants, when Rodgers showed vin­tage touch with a side­line pass to Da­vante Adams for a 29-yard score.

But given the high stan­dards set by McCarthy’s of­fenses in re­cent years, Green Bay’s choppy start does stand out.

Penal­ties ma­ligned a cou­ple other big plays last week. Tim­ing seems to be just a touch off at times, and there have been un­char­ac­ter­is­tic drops by re­ceivers.

“I’m not wor­ried about that at all. Those things hap­pen,” Rodgers said. “I missed some passes. Those guys shouldn’t be wor­ried about me, either. We’re go­ing to get bet­ter. We’re not go­ing to have in­con­sis­tent per­for­mances like that.”

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