Giants safety Landon Collins gave the Sunday Night Football audience a tasty tidbit of a subplot when he suggested midweek last week that the best way to beat the Cowboys was to put the ball in Dak Prescott’s hands.
Prescott then doubled down on the drama by declaring to the media that he accepted the challenge.
Prescott backed up his words on Sunday night. Although the Dallas quarterback passed for just 160 yards and less than 100 after a first-drive 64-yard TD pass to Tavon Austin, Prescott did plenty to lead the Cowboys to a 20-13 victory.
He rushed for 45 yards on 7 carries. Added to Ezekiel Elliott’s 78 yards on 17 carries, the Dallas running game punctured the Giants defense for better than 5 yards per carry. Elliott’s 6-yard touchdown run with 5:45 left in the fourth quarter pretty much sealed the win.
“I knew I wasn’t the only one that heard that,” Prescott said about Collins’s challenge. “When I said ‘challenge accepted,’ it wasn’t just me accepting that challenge. It was this offense and team. After that win, hearing what some of the guys were saying, I know they heard that message and were happy to come out and be able to do what we do.”
From the beginning of the game, Prescott seemed like a man on a mission to answer criticism he received after the season-opening loss at Carolina.
The Cowboys QB continued to have a determined look in his eyes after the game when he deflected questions about his performance.
“It’s the game of football. You have to put it in somebody’s hands,” Prescott said. “When you have a great run game like we do, and a great running back, as you saw what they did tonight and what we’ve done the past two years running the ball, to me it is kind of obvious.
“I don’t really pay attention to it like that. I don’t put as much thought into it as you guys do.”
But his actions said otherwise.