Dallas Cowboys

Dak Prescott, Cowboys playing as well as any team in the NFL. Super Bowl bound?

This just in: The Dallas Cowboys are good. Very good.

Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott, DeMarcus Lawrence and Co. (2-0) are one of nine remaining undefeated teams in the NFL, which also includes the Buffalo Bills, New England Patriots, Kansas City Chiefs, Baltimore Ravens, Green Bay Packers, San Francisco 49ers, Los Angeles Rams, and Seattle Seahawks.

Only the Chiefs, Ravens and Rams have played as well or looked as good as the Cowboys to open the season.

As the kids say, don’t @ me on this.

Trust me.

The Cowboys, who followed up a 35-17 victory against the New York Giants in the season opener with a 31-21 win against the Redskins Sunday, have largely been unchallenged through two games against two division opponents.

They’ve been led by the amazing play of Prescott, who should be backing up a Brink’s truck at the team’s headquarters in Frisco right about now.

Pay the man.

There is no reason to wait any longer. The price is only going up.

He now has seven passing touchdowns, tied for the most in team history through two games since Don Meredith did it in 1966.

Prescott has completed 82.7 of his passes through two games and has a quarterback rating of 142.9.

That’s the highest completion percentage in NFL history over the first two weeks of a season.

For the second straight game, Prescott has overcome a slow to start to lead the Cowboys to scores on five consecutive drives to blow the game open.

If not for the sick stuff Patrick Mahomes is doing in Kansas City, it would safe to say that no quarterback has been better to start the season.

Still, Prescott has a higher completion percentage, higher quarterback rating and has thrown the same number of touchdown passes as the wizard of Kansas City.

Prescott will be the first to say he is blessed with talent around him and in front of him.

The offensive line has given him time to throw and his pass catchers are as deep and diverse as any in the league.

That includes Devin Smith, a former second-round bust with the New York Jets who showed the NFL and Redskins cornerback Josh Norman what the fuss was about coming out college at Ohio State with a 51-yard score on Sunday.

Adding Smith, who is finally healthy after overcoming two knee injuries, to Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup and Randall Cobb at receiver has the Cowboys downright giddy.

Running back Ezekiel Elliott is finally knocking the rust off his game after missing all of camp and the preseason in a contract dispute. He had 111 yards on the ground against the Redskins to help balance as complete an offense as there is on the league.

The Cowboys have now had back to back games of more than 30 points, 400 yards and a margin of victory of 10 or more points. They did that just five times since 2016, eight times over the last seven seasons and none last season.

“We’re focused on now,” Prescott said. “We’re focused on the things that we can do better and we’re going to continue to grow from that standpoint.

“You can take whatever you said, I bet if you asked all of those guys in there on this offense they would say it’s not enough. Just a hungry bunch of guys, great athletes who all care for each other and enjoying this time each and every day that we’re putting into this offense and this team. it’s going to pay off.”

Challenges are to come and the Cowboys aren’t satisfied, especially on defense.

Dallas has been great on third down, allowing the Giants and Redskins to convert on just four of 20 chances. But the unit has just two sacks, two fumble recoveries and no interceptions so far.

To be a great unit, they know the must affect the quarterback and turn the ball over.

So 2-0 means nothing to defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence.

“Nothing matters to the next game,” Lawrence said. “We are going to keep our heads down and keep going.”

The next game is Sunday against the hapless Miami Dolphins, who have been outscored 102-10 in losses to the Ravens and Patriots to open the season.

A 3-0 start for the first time since 2008 should be a foregone conclusion.

I might even start looking up stats for the most points scored and largest margin of victory as the Dolphins are that bad. The Cowboys need to take a page out of Barry Switzer’s old Oklahoma handbook and “hang a half a hundred” on the scoreboard to keep pace with the Ravens and Patriots.

The real challenges begin the following week with a trip to New Orleans and a showdown at the Saints (1-1) before a match up against the Packers.

As of now, being 2-0 and doing it how they have done it feels real good and comforting to owner Jerry Jones.

“I know how hard it is and I know it gives us a real, solid, something to have as a foundation,” Jones said. “2-0 in the division does that. Does 2-0 allow you to slack off? No. Does it allow you to have a day when it didn’t quite work for you? It can, if you keep doing that. That’s a pretty good feeling in football... To have these kinds of games I think is comforting.”

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Clarence E. Hill Jr. has covered the Dallas Cowboys as a beat writer/columnist for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram since 1997. That includes just two playoff wins, six coaches and countless controversies from the demise of the dynasty teams of the 1990s through the rollercoaster years of the Tony Romo era until Jason Garrett’s process Cowboys.
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