On December 30th, 2015, Dak Prescott played his final game at Mississippi State, rolling past North Carolina State in the Belk Bowl to conclude a 9-4 season.
Thirteen days later, on January 12th, Ezekiel Elliott played his final collegiate game at Ohio State - carrying his Buckeyes to a national championship win.
Now, the dynamic duo have the Dallas Cowboys at the top of the NFL in their first year in the league, rolling to their ninth straight win Sunday at home against the Ravens.
It wasn't a pretty win, as Baltimore ensured it wouldn't be, but at the end of the day the Cowboys made even more history in 2016 - beating the Ravens for the first time to set the record for the team's longest ever winning streak.
With a quick turnaround for Thanksgiving against the Redskins, I hope that Cowboys Nation can get the most out of today's #VictoryPoloMonday. To help out, here is our accompanying Tweet Break - featuring the best Cowboys related tweets for #BALvsDAL.
Grinding out Yards
Perhaps the best part about the Cowboys' 2016 success is that other teams know what to expect from Dallas' offense, yet they still power this team to victory each week.
The Cowboys have 8 straight games with 400+ total yards of offense, the longest streak by any team since the 2012-13 Broncos (10 straight)
Ezekiel Elliott became the Cowboys' rookie rushing champion, surpassing Tony Dorsett despite just six first-half carries. His fresh legs then helped Dallas absolutely dominate the second half of this game to secure the win.
After holding @dallascowboys rookie rushing record for 39 yrs, I'll be on that sideline tomorrow 2 see @EzekielElliott do his thing! Rumble!
Only stat I need for this game. Cowboys only needed 3 possessions in the 2nd half. Held the ball for 20:09 of 30 possible minutes.
Cowboys Nation is always hungry for more, and with Thanksgiving being our next chance to see Zeke run the rock, we'll happily enjoy the fact that this rookie will never. stop. eating.
Guys, I worry that Ezekiel Elliott isn't getting enough food. He's always asking to eat after every play.
Dak Prescott's Progress
Reporter: "Dak, you just seem to get better every week." @dak: "Question?
In what I believe can honestly be called one of the weirdest weeks in Cowboys history, thanks to Tony Romo's press conference and secession of the starting QB job to Dak Prescott, the hot-handed rookie QB handled things as flawlessly as ever - begging for questions that focused on the task at hand with the Ravens.
Now that he beat the Ravens behind three more touchdown passes, Prescott is continuing to impress - leaving the media to dig deeper for questions that can put Dak's unprecedented career thus far into perspective.
Of course, at its purest level, Prescott is just a kid having fun on the field right now with his backfield mate Zeke Elliott.
Wait for it... https://t.co/Cx5H139Rgh
When you add up Witt and Romo's years playing high school, college, and pro football it's older than me lol @JasonWitten @tonyromo #FunFact
Just Getting Started...
The voices of reason in the Dallas Cowboys' locker room understand that this 9-1 start, with the potential to go to 10-1 in just three days, should be regarded as just the start for a team that has chased the elusive Super Bowl for 20 years.
Even Brice Butler, in just his second year (and first full one) with the Cowboys is hopeful about the opportunity to make this a truly special season.
Brice Butler: Consecutive wins record don't matter. I'm a big Warriors fan. They got the record last year but they didn't win in the Finals.
The Warriors scored a bunch of points last year and won a bunch of games. The Cowboys are doing the same thing right now. Sports! Winning!
The Baltimore Ravens were supposedly going to be yet another true test for the first-place Cowboys, a narrative that has been played on repeat so much that you inherently skip it every time it comes up on shuffle.
Their defense made things tough at times on Dallas, but they left AT&T Stadium with a loss - and one that they didn't accept all too gracefully.
Joe Flacco: "We should've beat them. I'm not kidding. I felt very confident and we should've beat that team." #BALvsDAL
You used to be the Browns, Ravens Nation. You should be better at handling losses. That, and you didn't do a whole lot when it comes to stopping Scott Linehan's best wide receiver - Dez Bryant.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh on single coverage vs. Dez Bryant: "Probably wasn't the best decision...but you've also got to stop the run.
If you're looking for @DezBryant today, there's a good chance you'll find him in the end zone. #DallasCowboys
Let's have a great Thanksgiving week, Cowboys Nation! Enjoy the rest of #VictoryPoloMonday, and stay posted with Inside The Star as we continue to break down this Ravens win while looking ahead to Washington.
Dallas Cowboys to Re-Sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur for 2018
Continuity is the key to good special teams play in the NFL. Already losing long-time Special Teams Coordinator Rich Bisaccia to the Raiders - who promptly snatched ST aces Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber in free agency - the Dallas Cowboys have announced their intentions to re-sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur for the 2018 season.
Returning on a one-year deal, the fan favorite Ladouceur will be back to do what he does best in cleanly executing almost every special teams snap for Chris Jones or Dan Bailey to handle.
Long snapper L.P. Ladouceur will re-sign with the Cowboys on Monday, according to sources, on a one-year deal. He will be in his 14th season with the franchise. Only Jason Witten, Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Bill Bates and Mark Tuinei will have more years of... https://t.co/yTQbMYyrIv
While Jones has improved as the Cowboys' punter with each passing season, Kicker Dan Bailey actually enters 2018 as another question mark on this unit. With the general belief around the team being that Bailey will be just fine moving forward, the Cowboys will no longer have to worry about who handles long snaps next year either.
L.P. Ladouceur is back in the silver and blue, and in this moment, everything can be alright with the world.
Report: Raiders Sign Former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber
A Free Agency period filled with departures continued for the Dallas Cowboys today, as the Oakland Raiders have reportedly signed the now-former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber.
The Raiders have signed LB Kyle Wilber: https://t.co/TaC6cqjval
Wilber has been with the Cowboys since 2012, and has played in all 16 games four of the past five seasons. Most of his time has come on special teams, but he did provide solid linebacker depth for the Cowboys since joining the team.
Dallas has now lost both Wilber and Anthony Hitchens, depleting their linebacker depth even further over the last couple weeks.
The Raiders have now signed two key special teams contributors for the Cowboys in Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber this offseason. Hopefully Dallas can replace these types of "replacement level" players throughout the rest of the offseason, especially during the NFL Draft.
Report: Cowboys Officially Release CB Orlando Scandrick
After requesting his release from the team just a few days ago, Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick has gotten his wish. According to ESPN's Josina Anderson, Scandrick has officially been cut by the Dallas Cowboys.
I'm told the #Cowboys have informed CB Orlando Scandrick he will be released, per source.
This move will reportedly save the Cowboys roughly $1.4M against the salary cap, as we hope they finally look to make some moves during the Free Agency period.
Scandrick's release comes after an offseason in which the Cowboys totally overhauled the back end of their defense, specifically their cornerbacks. With the emergence of young, promising players such as Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis, and the health issues of the aging Scandrick, the move makes a lot of sense.
In fact, after the Cowboys drafted Awuzie in the second round of last year's draft it was rumored the Cowboys were looking to move Scandrick for extra draft picks. Instead, one year later, they have cut him to save some cap room.
Orlando Scandrick should have a market to find a new team elsewhere, but his time in Dallas has now come to a close.
Want to help make Inside The Star better?
We’re collecting feedback from our readers about the site. It only takes <2 minutes to complete, and can be done from any device.
Don’t worry, your information will not be shared with anyone but me (Bryson T.).
Dallas Cowboys2 weeks ago
Should the Cowboys Restructure LB Sean Lee’s Contract?
NFL Draft1 week ago
Mauricio’s 2018 NFL Mock Draft 1.0: Cowboys Steal Defensive Talent
Dallas Cowboys4 days ago
Dallas Cowboys Have Missing Piece at Offensive Line
Dallas Cowboys1 week ago
Cowboys 2018 Free Agency: What’s Left Before Market Opens?
Dallas Cowboys2 weeks ago
Do the Dallas Cowboys Have Any Trade Assets?
Star Blog6 days ago
3 Former Penn State Alumni Cowboys Could Target in Free Agency
NFL Draft2 weeks ago
Familiar Faces Remain in the Fold for Cowboys Mock Drafts
Star Blog1 week ago
Cowboys Defense: Bigger Need at Safety or Defensive End?