Cowboys studs and duds Week 10: Dak Prescott falters when needed most

Cowboys, Dak Prescott. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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Stud: Tony Pollard, RB

For the second game in a row, Ezekiel Elliott was out with an injury and once again, Tony Pollard answered the call. He had 131 yards against the Bears and this week, he went for 115 and had another touchdown run as well.

Pollard added 13 yards on three receptions but it wasn’t enough as the passing game faltered when they were needed most.

Dud: Dak Prescott, QB

One of the primary issues with this team for years has been when they play down to the opposing team’s level. It seemed as though they put an end to that under Mike McCarthy, including a couple of easy wins the past two weeks against Detroit and Chicago.

That changed this weekend as they were facing a 3-6 Green Bay team that just lost to Detroit. The Cowboys should have been able to run away with this one but they decided to put up one of their worst offensive performances since Week 1.

Prescott was a major reason for the issues as he led them to a three-and-out on each of their first two drives to start the game. He then threw two terrible picks, including one at the Green Bay 10, both of which led to touchdowns for the Packers.

He turned things around enough to give his team a 28-14 lead but when the Packers started to come back, he continued to miss throws in key moments. That included missing passes on third and fourth down in overtime which led to the loss.