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Jerry Jones: Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott aren’t rookies heading into playoffs

Jesse Reed
Written by Jesse Reed

As the Dallas Cowboys prepare to host the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Divisional Round, the biggest question surrounding the home team is whether rookies Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott can help the ‘Boys keep pace with Aaron Rodgers. It’s the first playoff game for either player, and it’s not hard to imagine a bit of anxiety and nerves will be at play.

That’s not a situation owner Jerry Jones is worried about, though. Instead, he sees them as veterans already, considering their big-game experience in college.

Based on how Zeke and Dak have performed all year, playing at a high level against some of the NFL’s best teams, it’s not crazy to assume they’ll treat this game like every other game. This is especially true for Elliott, who played in the 2014 CFP National Championship Game, earning Offensive MVP honors in Ohio State’s 42-20 win over Oregon.

But the biggest question mark is how Prescott will play. He did play in some big games in the SEC at Mississippi State but has never before been involved in anything at the college level to compare with the NFL Playoffs. Also, he struggled a few times against teams that could bring pressure off the edge, most notably against the New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles.

It’s not a given Prescott will be magnificent against the Packers, who really turned up the heat defensively last weekend against the Giants. He’ll need to be on his best behavior to keep up with Rodgers, who’s been unstoppable the past seven games — all wins for Green Bay.

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Jesse Reed

Jesse Reed

Managing Editor here at Sportsnaut. Featured on Yardbarker, Foxsports.com and MSN.com, and formerly was a breaking news writer/NFL analyst for Bleacher Report.