Dak Prescott is on a rookie roll in Dallas not unlike what Ben Roethlisberger enjoyed in Pittsburgh 12 years ago.
Now the Cowboys quarterback gets to put a seven-game winning streak on the line against Big Ben on Sunday in a second straight AFC North road game after throttling winless Cleveland.
A week ago, the Cowboys were trying to put aside an emotional win over NFC East rival Philadelphia to get ready for the lowly Browns, knowing the Steelers were next. Following a workmanlike 35-10 win, Dallas gets ready for an old Super Bowl rival, and a struggling one. The Steelers have lost three straight.
Roethlisberger won all 13 starts in the regular season in 2004, leading the Steelers to a 15-1 record before losing to New England in the AFC championship game. Prescott now owns a slight twist as the first rookie quarterback in the Super Bowl era to win seven of the first eight games of the season. Roethlisberger's run started in Week 3.
"We are just having fun," said Prescott, who threw for three touchdowns and has 12 TD passes with two interceptions. "I think that is the way we approach every day throughout the week. Come in, have fun but knowing it's business first and taking care of our business with the right attitude. Then come out on Sunday and just let loose."
Next up for Prescott: an opposing quarterback who went from rookie standout to franchise player, the same path he hopes to take.