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Rookie Dak Prescott nears record for passes without an interception

Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott has led the Cowboys to a 3-1 record.
Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott has led the Cowboys to a 3-1 record. mfaulkner@star-telegram.com

Dallas Cowboys rookie quarterback Dak Prescott had two words for why he’s started his NFL career without an interception through the first four games: Good fortune.

Prescott knows he got away with a poor throw on the third play of last Sunday’s game at San Francisco, throwing the ball right into the hands of 49ers safety Eric Reid. Fortunately for Prescott and the Cowboys, Reid dropped it.

“Good fortune,” Prescott said, smirking. “There was one dropped on the third [pass] of the game, so good fortune.”

With that, Prescott has 131 pass attempts without an interception and is closing in on Tom Brady’s NFL record of 162 pass attempts without an interception to start a career.

Philadelphia’s Carson Wentz is also in the mix, as he’s started his career with 102 pass attempts without an interception through three games (the Eagles had a bye last week).

Count Cincinnati quarterback Andy Dalton among those impressed with what Prescott has done early on.

“It’s hard to do some of the stuff he’s been able to do,” Dalton said on a conference call with DFW media on Wednesday.

“The big thing that he’s done is he’s taken care of the ball and hasn’t turned the ball over. That’s huge. When you do that, you give your team the best chance to win and he’s been doing that.”

The Cowboys are off to a 3-1 start behind Prescott, and are facing a stiff challenge against the Bengals. Cincinnati has the ninth-best defense in the league so far this season.

“Schematically they’re not too complicated, but they’ve got a great, great front seven, probably the best front seven we’ve seen so far this season,” Prescott said. “So it’ll be a good challenge. We look forward to it.”

Drew Davison: 817-390-7760, @drewdavison

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