Dallas Cowboys

Dak Prescott spreading ball around, using every available weapon

Receiver Cole Beasley (11) leads the Cowboys in receiving with 53 catches for 591 yards and five touchdowns.
Receiver Cole Beasley (11) leads the Cowboys in receiving with 53 catches for 591 yards and five touchdowns. Star-Telegram

The Cowboys, who rank fourth in total offense, are hard to stop because they have so many weapons. Ezekiel Elliott, Dez Bryant, Jason Witten, Cole Beasley, Terrance Williams….

In the Cowboys’ 27-17 victory over the Ravens, quarterback Dak Prescott completed his 27 passes to eight different receivers for 301 yards. A week earlier, Prescott connected with seven players on his 22 completions.

“It’s difficult [to stop],” Prescott said. “I mean coach [Scott] Linehan does a great job of scheming up plays to beat defenses and certain looks that they’re giving us. It’s just my job to do the reads, do what I’ve been coached to do all week and whoever is open gets the ball.”

Beasley leads the Cowboys with 53 catches for 591 yards and five touchdowns, but four other players have at least 22 catches. Three others have at least two receiving touchdowns.

“That’s certainly what we want to do in our pass offense,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. “You have five viable options on most pass plays. You want to throw the ball to the right guy. Certainly you have progressions and guys that you want to get the ball to on a given play, but based on what coverages the team plays, the ball’s going to go to a certain spot. The best quarterbacks I’ve been around don’t force the ball. If it’s supposed to go to this guy, they throw it to this guy. If not, they work their way through the progression and if they need to check it down, they check it down. Their really good decision-makers. I think Dak has demonstrated that over the first 10 ball games. He’s a good decision-maker. He sees what’s going on and he understands what we’re trying to do against what they’re trying to do and he makes good decisions on a consistent basis.”


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