Dallas Cowboys: Studs and duds vs. Giants in Week 9

EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY - NOVEMBER 04: Ezekiel Elliott #21 of the Dallas Cowboys carries the ball as Deandre Baker #27 of the New York Giants defends during the fourth quarter of the game at MetLife Stadium on November 04, 2019 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY - NOVEMBER 04: Ezekiel Elliott #21 of the Dallas Cowboys carries the ball as Deandre Baker #27 of the New York Giants defends during the fourth quarter of the game at MetLife Stadium on November 04, 2019 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images) /
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Dud: Dak Prescott, QB

Things looked quite bad from the start for the Dak Prescott as his first pass and the first play from scrimmage resulted in an interception thrown to Antoine Bethea. That set the tone for Prescott’s night as, though he had a decent statistical outing, he clearly was not at his best against the rival Giants.

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Prescott finished the game going 22-of-35 for 257 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. However, Prescott continually missed opportunities for big plays, overthrowing or missing open receivers. He was Checkdown Charlie for much of the night, relying on the receiver to make plays after he got them the ball. That obviously worked out well for the Cowboys but the quarterback needs to be better down the stretch for this team to be competitive against better opponents.

Stud: Jason Witten, TE

While Prescott relied heavily on his pass-catchers to make plays after the catch on Monday night, his security blanket throughout the victory was veteran tight end Jason Witten. Whenever the Cowboys needed a first down or just a positive play, Prescott looked the way of old reliable and Witten was able to deliver time and again.

The former Monday Night Football broadcaster was targeted at team-high nine times in Week 9, hauling in a team-high eight receptions for 58 yards on the night. He’s clearly not the player he once was but he continues to be able to smartly find space and make crucial plays that keep the offense moving and on the field. That was on full display against the Giants.