Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott have Cowboys riding high

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- It's expected now.

Six games into their NFL careers, Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott have become the faces of the Dallas Cowboys.

Last week, their jerseys were sent to the Pro Football Hall of Fame after they became the first rookie teammates in NFL history to reach 1,000 passing yards and 500 rushing yards in their first five games.

On Sunday, they led the Cowboys to a 30-16 dismantling of the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field.

Prescott threw three touchdown passes, and Elliott shredded what was the NFL's top-ranked run defense with a career-high 157 yards on 28 carries.

In 10 previous trips to Lambeau Field, the Cowboys had won once (2008). They had lost their past four games at Lambeau by an average of 18.5 points.

"I tell them all the time, rookie is just a title," Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant said. "That's all it is. These guys are dominant. They are the real deal."

With five straight wins, the Cowboys are the real deal. Typically rookies do not make this kind of an impact. It's better to be seen and not heard as a rookie, but Prescott and Elliott have loudly stated their intentions.

"In Dak's case, Dak played before a few crowds in the SEC, not to be trite, I mean some 100,000 crowds," owner and general manager Jerry Jones said. "So he's been in some of those holier-than-thou temples and been able to compete and manage. Zeke has played before some pretty big crowds before too, so these two young rookies are used to noise, crowds and daunting atmosphere. And so I don't think they blink."

By the time the first half ended, Elliott had more rushing yards against the Packers than any other runner so far in the season with 60 yards on 12 carries. T.J. Yeldon of the Jacksonville Jaguars had the best individual performance prior to Sunday against Green Bay with 39 yards in the season opener.

In the second half, Elliott simply wore down the Packers. His last eight carries went for 52 yards.

"It starts up front with being physical, controlling the line of scrimmage, but the runner matters," Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. "And he was physical throughout the game and what was most impressive is they weren't easy [yards]. They were hard. They were hard the whole game, then as the game wore on you make bigger and bigger runs because you're just downhill at them and you wear them out. And that physicalness in the early part of the game pays dividends. Again, not only physical up front, but physical with the runner."

Prescott was not as precise as Elliott was physical. He lost a fumble and was intercepted for the first time this season. It came on his 178th pass of the season when he misread Jason Witten on a route in the third quarter. The Cowboys converted a season-low three of 11 third-down opportunities.

But it was how Prescott reacted to adversity that mattered.

After Green Bay turned Prescott's interception into a field goal to cut the lead to 20-9 with 14:48 left, Prescott completed all four of his passes for 55 yards on the next drive. The biggest play was a 35-yard run-action pass to Lucky Whitehead with the Packers' defense focused on Elliott on third-and-1. He later found Witten for a 13-yard gain for a first down to the Packers' 4. On the next play, he hit Cole Beasley for the second time in the end zone.

The Cowboys had a 27-9 lead, effectively ending the game.

"He's a poised kid," Elliott said. "He smiles in the face of adversity. He had the fumble and a couple of interceptions [sic] but I don't think he flinched at all. He kept playing the game like it never happened."

The Cowboys are 5-1, with Elliott leading the NFL in rushing with 703 yards and Prescott throwing seven touchdown passes to just one interception.

History says rookies aren't supposed to be doing this. But history says the Cowboys should not have won Sunday at Lambeau Field, either.

"Both come from extremely great programs and coming in here doing what they're doing, when you've got guys uplifting them and not treating them like rookies, it makes you comfortable," Bryant said. "It makes you want to do your job 100 percent and the love that they give back to everybody around this locker room is amazing. So the respect level is there. When you've got that respect for each other, you can go as far as you want to go."