Benrus 3 Stars: Familiar Faces Among Monthly Award, Tackle-Machine Debuts

The Cowboys pride themselves on doing everything as a team. Regardless of the outcome on the field, the goal is for the players, coaches and entire organization to come together as one.

However, there are always standouts that rise above the rest.

In the month of October, the Cowboys won all four games and even enjoyed a bye week as well. The team has rolled to a 6-1 start, the best record in the NFC. 

Let's look back at October's 3 Stars of the Month, voted on by the DallasCowboys.com staff and presented by Benrus.

Dak Prescott

A repeat winner from last month, the rookie quarterback continues to impress, not only the Cowboys, but is taking the NFL by storm as well. Covers of national magazines such as *Sports Illustrated *are becoming the norm for Prescott, who has led the Cowboys to six straight victories. This past week against the Eagles wasn't Dak's finest game overall, but when it mattered the most, the rookie rose to the occasion, leading the Cowboys to a pair of touchdown drives. Throughout the month, Prescott has shined against good competition, including the Packers, where he broke Tom Brady's NFL record of 162 passes to begin a career without throwing a pick. Prescott extended the mark to 176 before he threw his first interception. With Prescott under center, the Cowboys have become the first team since the NFL merger in 1970 to win six of the first seven games with a rookie quarterback.

Sean Lee
Someone from this defense has to get some love, so why not Sean Lee? The veteran linebacker has been all over the field for the past few games. Last Sunday against the Eagles, Lee made a critical tackle for loss when he stopped Darren Sproles for a six-yard loss to get Philly out of field-goal range, setting up the 90-yard drive to tie the game. Lee had 11 tackles against the Eagles, making it four straight games of at least double-digit tackles. After 10 total tackles against the 49ers, Lee had 15 and 14 in consecutive wins over the Bengals and Packers.

Ezekiel Elliott

Like Dak, the rookie tailback is also on this list for a second straight month. In fact, Elliott was much better in October than September. In the last four games, Zeke has rushed for 525 yards in the last four games, averaging 131.2 yards an outing. And that was with the 96-yard effort last week against the Eagles, but Elliott offset that with a career-high four receptions for 52 yards, another personal best. Elliott's 799 rushing yards is the second-most in NFL history for a rookie in his first seven games. He only trails Eric Dickerson (851), who went on to set the league record for most yards by a rookie (1,808). Through seven games, Elliott is still on pace to surpass that record if he can continue on this mark that  has him averaging over 114 yards per game.

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