The Dallas Cowboys not only escaped Pittsburgh with one of the biggest heists in team history but they left streaking in history following the thrilling 35-30 comeback victory against the Steelers Sunday.
It was the team’s eighth consecutive win, tying the franchise record set in 1977.
The NFC-leading Cowboys are now sitting alone atop the entire NFL with an 8-1 mark.
The Cowboys will host Baltimore next Sunday with the opportunity to set a new franchise record for consecutive regular season wins.
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But right now, even coach Jason Garrett who prefers to stay in the moment and not look at the big picture, paused to acknowledge the record streak.
“Obviously, this franchise has been playing football for a long time,” Garrett said. “There have been a lot of great teams and championship teams that have come through in the last 57 or so years. That’s certainly something to comment on. It’s been a good streak for us.”
It’s a great streak for a Cowboys team who were in the middle of a seven-game losing streak at this time last year en route to a 4-12 record.
Now they are betting favorites to reach the Super Bowl out of the NFC with behind a rookie quarterback in Dak Prescott.
“It just shows the resiliency of this team,” Prescott said. of the streak. “It shows we are grinders. We have such great chemistry. At no point will we let anyone down. I think that’s why we are successful.”
With the win, Prescott improved to 8-1, the best record to start a career by a Cowboys rookie quarterback, and joined Johnny Lujack (1948 Chicago Bears) as the second rookie to start a career winning eight of his first nine starts.
The victory also tied Prescott with Kyle Orton Orton (8 – 2005) for the second most consecutive wins by a rookie quarterback in a single season in NFL history. He trails on Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who had 13 straight wins as a rookie in 1994.
Does Prescott know what he is doing is abnormal for a rookie?
“I don’t really think what is normal and abnormal I guess,” Prescott said. “I just focus on my job. I want to help this team win and give them a chance to win week in and week out. I’m just trying my best to do that.”