ARLINGTON – Dak Prescott said he was aware that he had one of his worst performances in recent times in the unexpected 30-16 loss that the Dallas Cowboys suffered against the Denver Broncos and said his poor performance was not the result of inactivity of a week caused by a calf injury.
“I am not going to blame the two weeks in which I did not play, when I had a great week of training for this game,” said the Texan passer after the game. “I just missed passes and we weren’t in our normal form in the passing game. We did not execute when we needed it ”.
Prescott arrived in the fourth period of the game with twice as many incomplete passes (13) as he hit and made up his individual statistics in the last six minutes of the game, when the duel was decided.
“We were defeated. They beat us in all aspects, especially on offense. We got nothing, ”Prescott lamented. “We scored a couple of touchdowns in the fourth quarter, but we never did anything. I missed some passes, we don’t throw or catch the ball like we normally do.
“It was not our best performance by any means, obviously the worst of the year,” he added.
Some Cowboys receivers also did not help their cause by dropping passes that seemed easy to catch with the ball in front of the field and that could help make the game more competitive when Dallas still had time to react.
In the end, Prescott and the Cowboys were beaten by a Broncos who played on the road in front of a good number of their fans at AT&T Stadium.
The Cowboys offense entered the game against Denver averaging 40.3 points per game at home this season and 40.8 in the previous eight games with Prescott at home. Against the Broncos, the first Texas points came with 4:08 minutes to go against a defense that already allowed freedoms with 30-0 in their favor.
The Cowboys also failed to convert for a fourth down in their first two offensive drives of the game, both with two or fewer yards to go. Later, they cleared four consecutive times, while Denver created a 16-0 lead at halftime, a score that was already cheap for Dallas under the circumstances of the game.
Dallas came into the fourth quarter with only one of 12 third- or fourth-down conversion attempts and in the end, they were only able to make the first and 10 in five third-down conversions, four of which also came in the final six minutes of a game in which Dallas was a 10-point betting favorite.
“I don’t think we went out to play thinking we already had the game in the bag,” said Ezekiel Elliott, who rushed for 51 yards in 10 runs. “We just don’t play well. As simple as that. We’d better watch the game’s movie, check for bugs, and come out better next time or we’re going to have serious problems. “