The Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott show continues

ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 11: Dak Prescott /

After a tumultuous offseason for the Cowboys, Sunday’s win against the Giants should serve as a sharp reminder of the abilities of the young cornerstones of the franchise, Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott.

Ezekiel Elliott in particular, has been the focal point of the aforementioned tumult throughout the offseason due to his role in an alleged domestic violence case. The former Buckeye was handed a six game ban by the NFL. Only for a federal judge to issue an injunction to provisionally suspend his ban pending a court case. However, Dak Prescott is the straw that stirs the drink.

The lack of clarity surrounding this issue in the build up to week one was disruptive to Dallas’ plans. Though one wouldn’t have thought so after watching Elliott and his teammates dismantle a staunch Giants defense on Sunday.

Despite the turbulent offseason, the young core of the Cowboys picked up exactly where they left off in 2016.

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Elliott ran with power and precision on his way to 104 yards on the ground. The All-Pro back’s versatility was on full display as he also reeled in five catches for 36 yards in a typically robust performance.

Not being outdone, Elliott’s fellow young sensation Dak Prescott confidently led his team to victory compiling 268 passing yards and a further 24 on the ground.

Prescott looked completely in control as he orchestrated multiple scoring drives highlighted by a 12 yard touchdown pass to Jason Witten before half time.

The second year pro ousted any concerns over his ability to replicate last season’s success with an outing littered with smart, decisive plays. Against a defense that gave him trouble in 2016, Prescott showed development in his ability to decipher defensive schemes. The former 4th round pick looked every bit the Pro Bowl level quarterback he was last year.

Prescott’s unflustered poise in the pocket stood out again, particularly against a fearsome defensive front. He has a veteran presence under center, with a strong command of the offense and the respect of the defense.

This quality, as well as his leadership, are what make him so remarkable as a second year player. Prescott is undoubtedly here to stay as a Pro Bowl level signal caller. And, along with Elliott and their imperious offensive line, will keep Dallas in the postseason picture for the foreseeable future.

With their young duo starting so brightly, and Rod Marinelli’s defense looking energetic and fast, there is reason for renewed optimism in Dallas following an offseason shrouded in controversy. The return of 2016 second round pick, Jaylon Smith, should also buoy a team that needs defensive playmakers.

Despite facing a tough schedule, there is no evidence to suggest the Dak and Zeke show won’t continue throughout the year after such an imposing start against one of the NFL’s top defenses. The start made by the team as a whole will be hugely encouraging to Jason Garrett and his coaching staff who continue to get the most out of their young group.

And, with their star duo’s continued success the Cowboys should enjoy another strong year that ends with a postseason trip. So get ready for more highlight reels filled with Dak and Zeke!