Dak Prescott is playing like one of the elite quarterbacks in the National Football League.
The Dallas Cowboys currently sit at 1-3 — and are a failed onside kick attempt away from looking at 0-4 — but Prescott is proving that he is among the best players at his position through the first four weeks of the 2020 regular season.
Prescott has put the Cowboys in striking distance to win each of the team’s first four games:
- The Cowboys quarterback hit Michael Gallup for a huge gain to set the Cowboys up in field goal range late versus the Los Angeles Rams, but a questionable offensive pass interference call negated the play.
- Prescott was huge in the Cowboys’ historic win against the Atlanta Falcons, throwing for 450 yards and accounting for four touchdowns (three rushing, one passing).
- Prescott led the Cowboys to a field goal to go up on the Seattle Seahawks 31-30 with three minutes to play.
- Dallas cut the deficit to 41-38 after a Prescott touchdown pass and Amari Cooper two-point conversion before special teams and defensive misuses helped the Browns pull away.
What a throw 🔥 pic.twitter.com/oZTT9LUEGA
— Cole Patterson (@colelpatterson) October 5, 2020
However, the Cowboys have only been able to pull out one win in that stretch.
Prescott is not without any blame — he has thrown three interceptions and has been stripped twice on the year — but the atrocious defense and underwhelming special teams have been too much for the quarterback and the offense to overcome thus far.
ESPN’s Todd Archer compared Prescott’s 2020 season to the situation that former Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo was in — putting up big numbers and carrying the offense only to be on the losing end of games.
The Cowboys still have time to rewrite what feels like a familiar script.
“It doesn’t make sense and it doesn’t add up right now,” Prescott said. “But as I said before, I believe in the men that we have, the great leaders and coaches that we have, that we’ll have it fixed.”
Prescott will give them a chance. As Romo did, he needs more help.
The Dallas Cowboys are wasting MVP-caliber play from their franchise quarterback. Horrendous defensive play, head-scratching special teams mistakes, and a banged up offensive line have dug the Cowboys a hole early in the 2020 season.
Fortunately, the NFC East has been so awful this season that America’s Team still has a very realistic route to making the playoffs for the third time in Prescott’s five-year career. If it was not for Prescott’s brilliance (and the lack of strong play from other NFC East squads), the playoffs would be completely out of question.
Dallas needs to turn things around very quickly — as soon as this week versus old friend Jason Garrett and the Saquon Barkley-less New York Giants — or else they risk digging an even bigger hole for Prescott to attempt to climb out of.
As it stands now, Prescott has been one of the very few bright spots of the 2020 Dallas Cowboys.
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