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Dak: Offense's Issues A 'Collection Of Execution'


FRISCO, Texas – Dak Prescott's takeaway from the Seattle game film was simple.

"It's a collection of execution," he said.

Meaning, not enough execution all the way around in last Sunday's 24-13 loss to the Seahawks – "from starting up front, to me, to the outside receivers, to the back."

"Everybody will take accountability for it," Prescott said.

"But it's just execution and different parts of the offense on different plays. When you have that playing a good team on the road, it's going to be tough. We made it tough on ourselves by doing that."

Prescott always looks at himself first. The third-year starting quarterback hasn't found a consistent rhythm in the passing game with largely a new group of wide receivers and tight ends. After three games, he ranks 27th in NFL passer rating (74.9) and the Cowboys are next-to-last in scoring (13.7 points per game).

Prescott isn't worried about numbers.

"If we execute all the way across the board, everybody does their job, the stats and everything will go up," he said. "The wins and everything will happen."

Cowboys coaches and players have echoed Prescott's assessment of the Week 3 struggles in Seattle.

Prescott has been sacked 11 times in their two losses, none in their Week 2 home victory over the Giants.

"It's been one of our biggest problems, I think, along with not staying in front of the chains, guard Zack Martin said. "We've got to do a better job of protecting."

Running back Ezekiel Elliott blamed himself for a fumble and a penalty that wiped out two scoring chances against the Seahawks.

"I just have to have better awareness," he said.

And Prescott says he and the wide receivers are still working to gain on-field chemistry. Without going into details Thursday, offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said the team will have "a little bit more consistent receiver rotation" this week. The offense has divided snaps among six receivers in each of the first three games.

This Sunday's opponent, Detroit, will challenge them. The Lions held Tom Brady and the Patriots to 133 passing yards in a 26-10 win last Sunday.

But Prescott says the offense's current issues are correctable.

"It's just getting everybody on the same page and letting them know, seeing how simple this play could've been a big play if this one job gets done," he said. "It's about everybody doing their 1/11, doing their one job and knowing collectively it'll come together."