So much for the struggles of the Dallas Cowboys offense. After a friendly wager was made between the Dallas defense and offense, Dak Prescott and his side finally erupted.
On Sunday Night Football against the Washington Football Team, it was all Dallas from start to finish as the Cowboys won 56-14 — including a ridiculous 42-spot in the first half.
After the game, Prescott got snarky with some reporters after being asked about the recent slump the offense was in, and the Cowboys star wasn’t having any of it.
The Cowboys offense stole the show after a rough stretch of games
It was an electric first half for just about everybody wearing a Dallas uniform. Prescott threw four touchdown passes and 320 yards. Ezekiel Elliott scored twice, Amari Cooper and Dalton Schultz caught passes for scores, and even offensive lineman Terence Steele got into the endzone.
DeMarcus Lawrence had a pick-six off of Taylor Heinicke as well — and all of this within the first half.
After scoring just five offensive touchdowns in the three previous games, Sunday’s showing against Washington was much-needed.
Prescott finished with four scores, Elliott with two, and Malik Turner got into the endzone off of a touchdown pass from Cooper Rush as the Cowboys cruised comfortably to a victory.
The struggles are long gone, hopefully, and Prescott wasn’t having any of that in the postgame press conference.
Prescott gives cocky response to reporters when asked about the Cowboys previous offensive slumps
Although the past few weeks didn’t go as planned for Prescott and the offense, Week 16 went swimmingly. Six total touchdowns from the offensive — more than they scored during the past three games — and a 42-point victory over a divisional opponent, nonetheless.
What could get better?
However, when asked about the Cowboys’ recent slump, Prescott wasn’t thrilled and fired off a bit of a cocky remark (h/t Charean Williams of Pro Football Talk).
“You tell me? I never said we were in a slump. Those were your words. I think it’d be hard for you to say that now.”Dak Prescott
In all fairness, it is hard to say that now. Everybody got into the action, except for CeeDee Lamb, although he had four catches for 66 yards on the evening.
Oh, and remember Cooper’s complaints from earlier in the week about wanting to be more involved? He finished with seven catches for 85 yards and a score on a team-high 11 targets.
The Cowboys are back and can potentially snag the top seed in the NFC if things go their way
After defeating Washington, the Cowboys celebrated their NFC East title and sit as the second seed in the entire NFC behind the Green Bay Packers.
The Arizona Cardinals lost to the Indianapolis Colts on Christmas Day, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Los Angeles Rams both have identical 11-4 records after winning on Sunday.
But it’s the Cowboys at number two for now, and they finish things out with the Cardinals and the Philadelphia Eagles — with that Week 18 game potentially being a win-and-in scenario for Philly.
Nonetheless, so much was discussed about the Cowboys’ offensive struggles over the past month, and rightfully so. It looks like Prescott and the group are back, and what a time to put up a 56-point performance.
Stats Courtesy of Pro Football Reference