Offense sputters in Packers loss to Cowboys

Dallas 30, Packers 19
Offense sputters in Packers loss to Cowboys
Posted at 1:14 PM, Oct 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-17 07:11:51-04
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- Rookie Dak Prescott threw for 247 yards and three touchdowns, and the Dallas Cowboys forced four turnovers in a 30-16 win over the Green Bay Packers and their dysfunctional offense on Sunday.
Prescott was 18 of 27, shaking off two fumbles and an interception, to lead the Cowboys (5-1) to their fifth straight win.
He showed poise in the fourth quarter while marching the Cowboys on a seven-play, 75-yard drive that ended with a 4-yard touchdown pass to Cole Beasley for an 18-point lead with 10:26 left.
The score left Packers fans stunned at Lambeau Field. They were booing at times following another choppy game for the offense. The four turnovers were a season high for Green Bay (3-2).
Even two-time NFL MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers wasn't immune from the jeering. Rodgers finished 31 of 42 for a season-high 294 yards.
But the Packers didn't get into the end zone until Rodgers and Cobb connected on a 6-yard touchdown pass with 6:53 left to get within 27-16.
Rodgers accounted for two turnovers with an interception to go with a fumble on first-and-goal at the Cowboys 1 with 1:10 left in the third quarter. The Packers were lined up in an empty backfield at the time.
The Packers had five fumbles on the day, losing three.
It was Green Bay's worst defeat at home with Rodgers as the starting quarterback since a 37-20 loss to the Giants in the 2011 NFC divisional playoffs.


Prescott threw the first interception of his career after he was picked off on third-and-8 from the Dallas 6, throwing out of his end zone with 20 seconds left in third quarter. Safety Morgan Burnett had the diving interception.
Prescott's NFL record streak for a quarterback at the start of his career without an interception ends at 176 pass attempts. He broke the mark of 162 previously held by New England's Tom Brady earlier in the game.


 Dallas dented Green Bay's league-best run defense.
The Cowboys rushed for 93 yards in the first half against the Packers, which was already a season high against Green Bay. The Packers had been allowing 42.8 yards per game entering Sunday.
Dallas was averaging a league-best 155.2 yards per game.
Rookie Ezekiel Elliott finished with 157 yards on 28 carries.


Green Bay trailed 17-6 at halftime. The last time that the Packers trailed by at least 11 points at the half at home was 2013 against Atlanta. Green Bay came back to beat the Falcons 22-21 after trailing 21-10.


  • Cowboys: CB Morris Claiborne left with a concussion after getting hurt in the second quarter.
  • Packers: The Packers' thin secondary, which was already without CBs Sam Shields (concussion) and Quinten Rollins (groin), lost cornerback Damarious Randall in the second quarter after he re-aggravated a groin injury. WR Davante Adams left in the third quarter to be evaluated for a concussion.