ARLINGTON, Texas – Dak Prescott’s return to the Dallas Cowboys didn’t go as planned.
The Cowboys were “screaming,” as the quarterback called it, in a 30-16 loss to the Denver Broncos that didn’t feel as close as the final score indicated.
“They beat us. They beat us in every aspect of the game, especially on offense,” Prescott said.
Playing for the first time since suffering a right calf strain Oct. 17 against the New England Patriots, Prescott completed 19 of 39 passes for 232 yards with two touchdowns, both in the fourth against Malik Turner when the score was decided. and an interception. He was fired twice.
After the game, Prescott said his calf was not a problem.
“I mean, I moved around a lot, I tried really hard to get out of my pocket, no problem,” Prescott said. “I didn’t feel it. I’m fine.”
Prescott was playing for the first time in 21 days. The Cowboys had their bye week after beating the Patriots, and the Cowboys held Prescott out of last week’s win at the Minnesota Vikings, with backup Cooper Rush throwing for 325 yards and two touchdowns.
Coach Mike McCarthy said Prescott had a “tough, uphill day.”
“I think it’s like anything, the speed of the game is something you can’t replace,” McCarthy said.
Prescott took his normal shifts to practice before the Broncos game after spending the Vikings week primarily focusing on his rehab. He had a longer absence in the season opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers out of training camp, where he missed a significant amount of practice time and all four preseason games with a strained right latissimus.
“I mean, obviously, it wasn’t as clean as I normally or have been. It’s hard to say and blame it,” Prescott said. “I spent a lot of free time and came back in the first game (Tampa Bay) differently, so I’m not going to sit there and blame two weeks when I had a great week of practice under my belt before this one.
“I just missed a few shots and we weren’t ourselves in the passing game when we needed to. We didn’t shoot.”
Prescott entered the game completing 73.1% of his passes, the best in the league, and threw at least three touchdown passes in four straight games before Sunday. During Sunday’s three quarters, he completed six of 19 passes for 79 yards.
Despite the lopsided score, McCarthy didn’t want to take Prescott out.
“Frankly, the fourth quarter was a conscious effort to keep him there for the 2-minute job,” McCarthy said. “It’s something that if I was looking at all the situational work that we’ve done and the commitment that you put into each situation, we needed that work. So I was happy to see that we had a 2 minute production, just because I think that’s something. that we can definitely get out of this game. “
Prescott would have been upset if it had been taken out.
“There was a game left to play,” Prescott said. “It never crossed my mind that I was exiting the game. I think if someone had tried to make that decision, I would have told them I wasn’t. Yeah, we needed to do something. Some energy, some momentum. We needed to show our fight. , our resistance, something that has won us many games.When they hit you like that, you have to show your character.
“I think that’s where the road begins with all of us staying in the game and fighting to the end and trying to get some momentum or something that takes advantage of this game. Yeah, I never thought about getting out of that.”