Cowboys, rookie QB look to keep rolling vs. Packers
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.”