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Dallas flying behind rookie QB Prescott

AAP logoAAP 6/11/2016

Rookie quarterback Dak Prescott threw three touchdown passes and kept any talk for Tony Romo unnecessary, leading the Dallas Cowboys to a 35-10 NFL win over the winless Cleveland Browns.

Rookie Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 92 yards and scored twice and durable tight end Jason Witten had 134 yards receiving for the Cowboys, off to their best start to a NFL season since 2007.

Prescott has won seven straight starts since losing the season opener, and with the Cowboys (7-1) leading the NFC East and getting better, there's no reason for the team to accelerate Romo's return from a back injury.

Romo returned to training earlier this week and is looking at a return at some point this season, but with how Prescott is playing, the 36-year-old doesn't look as if he'll be back on the field anytime soon.

The miserable Browns (0-9) dropped their franchise-record 12th straight game going back to last season and are 3-27 in their past 30. They also started 0-9 in 1975.

In Sunday's late game, Latavius Murray rushed for 114 yards and a career-high three touchdowns as the Oakland Raiders powered their way to a 30-20 victory against the Denver Broncos and into sole possession of first place in the AFC West.

The Raiders improved to 7-2, their fastest start through nine games since going 7-2 in 2001, and moved a game ahead of Denver (6-3).

Oakland had 218 net rushing yards to just 33 for Denver.

Elsewhere, Detroit beat Minnesota 22-16 in overtime thanks to Golden Tate's tackle-breaking, leaping touchdown, while Eli Manning threw for four touchdowns to lead the New York Giants to a 28-23 win over Philadelphia.

Baltimore's Mike Wallace had a 95-yard touchdown reception in a 21-14 victory over Pittsburgh to improve to 4-4, while Kansas City overcame the absence of key players to beat Jacksonville 19-14 for their fourth straight win.

Rookie Kenyan Drake scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 96-yard kickoff return to lead Miami to a third straight win, a 27-23 result over the New York Jets.

Carolina beat the Los Angeles Rams 13-10, San Diego beat Tennessee 43-35, Indianapolis held off Green Bay 31-26 while Drew Brees threw three touchdown passes as surging New Orleans beat reeling San Francisco 41-23.

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