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Cowboys QB Dak Prescott says Dallas needs to re-establish physicality vs. Raiders

Dallas has embraced the anger from Sunday’s loss as motivation as they prepare to face Las Vegas on Thanksgiving Day.

FRISCO — Dak Prescott was pissed off as he walked off the field against Kansas City.

The emotion hasn’t subsided. If fact, the quarterback said he and the rest of his Cowboys teammates have embraced that anger as motivation as they prepare to face Las Vegas on Thanksgiving Day.

“You look back at the film, you look back at what we put on that tape, a team that didn’t respond to another team punching us in the mouth, that’s why I was pissed off and I know the rest of the guys are,” Prescott said of the 19-9 loss to the Chiefs. “That’s what we’ve talked about. Responding.

“Somebody obviously has to pay for it.”

That somebody would be the Raiders, since they are next on the schedule.

“We’ve got to go out in this game and show how physical we can be, show our nature of playing for one another and getting that identity back of the brotherhood and the way we play selflessly, no matter the situation,” Prescott said.

This is the second time in the last three weeks that the Cowboys conceded they weren’t physical enough. The same comments were uttered after a 30-16 loss to Denver.

But Prescott sees a distinction. He said the Broncos were physical on the outside, he made some bad throws and the team was a little full of itself going into that game. Kansas City, on the other hand, punched Dallas in the mouth from the start and the offense didn’t respond.

“We need to re-establish our identity of being physical,” Prescott said of the offense. “Set the tone at the line of scrimmage whether it’s in the run game or it’s protecting, then from there, I think after we do that we can re-establish our pace of play and get some plays going.

“Get some momentum.”

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David Moore, Cowboys Insider. David is in his 4th decade of covering sports on the DFW scene. You know what that means. He's old.

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