What more does rookie quarterback Dak Prescott and the upstart Dallas Cowboys need to prove?
A surprising start to a season of answering questions and checking boxes crescendoed with Sunday’s shockingly overwhelming 30-16 victory against the Green Packers at Lambeau Field.
This where the Cowboys run was suppose to stop, considering Dallas was 1-9 all-time at Lambeau Field and had lost five consecutive games to the Packers.
But a Cowboys team that has already proven they can win without injured quarterback Tony Romo and injured receiver Dez Bryant as well as with a rookie quarterback answered the call in dominant fashion with Prescott going from historic to possibly permanent.
Prescott continued his breath-taking rookie run, completing 18 of 27 for 247 yards, while surpassing Tom Brady for the most passes to start a career without an interception.
A streaking Cowboys team that won four games all last season has won five consecutive games behind Prescott and head into next week’s bye atop the NFC East and tied for the second-best record in the NFC behind the undefeated Minnesota Vikings.
It has turned the hypothetical of Prescott possibly keeping the job when Romo returns to health, most likely for the Nov. 6 match-up against the Cleveland Browns, into a legitimately possibility.
There is little doubt that Prescott will start against the Philadelphia Eagles Oct. 30 following the bye.
Prescott was helped by another dominant rushing performance from rookie Ezekiel Elliott, who topped the 100-yard barrier for the fourth consecutivte game with a 157-yard effort.
He is first rookie in NFL history to have four consecutive games of over 130 yards.
No running back had rushed for more than 52 yards against the Packers top-ranked run defense in the previous four games.
Even more surprising was the play of the Cowboys maligned defense, which kept quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the Packers offense under control en route to a 27-9 lead in the fourth quarter.
The Cowboys forced three turnovers, including Rodgers first interception in 194 attempts against the Cowboys on the first drive of the third quarter.
Safety Barry Church recorded the interception and also had a forced fumble following a reception.
Defensive end David Irving also had a forced fumble and recovery on Rodgers.
Prescott led the Cowboys to a 17-6 halftime lead against the Green Bay Packers.
The lead and the record occurred despite Prescott’s two first-half fumbles. He has three fumbles in the last two games.
But it was a 97-yard scoring drive in 33 seconds before that half that might be talked about as the turning point of the game with possible season-long implications.
The Cowboys had the ball at their own 3 with no timeouts following a Green Bay punt.
A 4-yard run by Elliott was followed by a Green Bay Timeout. Elliott then went for 5 yards, followed by another timeout.
Lucky Whitehead ran 26 yards on a jet sweep, allowing Prescott to go to work through the air with plenty time left on the clock.
A 42-yard pass to Terrance Williams was followed by a perfect 20-yard touchdown pass to Brice Butler in the right corner of the end zone.
It was the longest touchdown drive for the Cowboys since a 98-yard drive against the St. Louis Rams on Oct. 23, 2011.
If the Cowboys don’t return Romo to the lineup when he recovers from a fractured bone in his back, this drive might have been the cherry on top of the decision that has everything to with how Prescott has played over the first six games.
It was the perfect bookend for Prescott, who opened the game leading the Cowboys on an eight-play, 75-yard scoring drive.
He completed all four of his passes, capped by 1-yard scoring toss to Cole Beasley.
It was the fifth time in six games that the Cowboys have scored on their opening drive of the game.
The Packers followed with 37-yard field goal.
Two drives later, Prescott earned a mark in history with a 15-yard pass to Williams. It was his 163rd pass without an interception top open his career.
The previous NFL record was held by Tom Brady, who had 162 consecutive attempts without an interception (2000-2001) to start his career. Carson Wentz, a rookie in Philadelphia, is third at 134 and Warren Moon (Houston, 1984) is fourth at 131.
Ironically, three players later Prescott was sacked and fumbled, giving the ball back to the Packers.
The streak would eventually swell to 177 passes before Prescott was intercepted in the third quarter by safety Morgan Burnett.
The defense bailed out Prescott, limiting the Packers to field goal after getting the ball at the Cowboys 16.
A 20-9 lead was soon 27-9 as an unfazed Prescott led the Cowboys 75 yards on the ensuring drive, capped by his third touchdown of the day, a 4-yarder to Cole Beasley.