Dak Prescott’s NFL debut was a roller-coaster ride that ended in heartbreak for his Dallas Cowboys, who lost 20-19 to the NFC East rival New York Giants in their season opener Sunday.
The rookie quarterback from Mississippi State started his NFL career pretty efficiently, completing 11 of his first 12 passes, but it appeared the Giants adjusted quickly after that. Prescott completed just 14 of his next 33 passes and finished the game with no touchdowns, no picks and a 55.6 completion percentage while averaging 5 yards per attempt.
All in all, it was a “meh” afternoon for the fourth-round draft pick, whom some Cowboys fans expected to seamlessly transition in the league after a solid preseason.
Despite the up-and-down performance, Prescott, who threw for 227 yards, had a chance to lead the Cowboys to victory on the game’s final drive. Prescott completed a pass to Terrance Williams in the waning seconds to put Dallas in field-goal range, but the receiver out of Baylor chose not to run out of bounds, and time expired on the Cowboys.
The Cowboys now are 7-21 without Tony Romo ever since he became the full-time starter in 2006. They’ve also lost 14 of their last 15 games that Romo hasn’t started.
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