Dak Prescott injured his calf in Week 6 before the Cowboys had their bye week last week. The hope was that the week off would give the Cowboys QB plenty of time to heal up for this week’s battle against the Minnesota Vikings. Now, the situation has a bit more smoking clouding it.
Cowboys QB Dak Prescott (calf) was sore today after ramping up intensity in Thursday’s practice, coach Mike McCarthy said. On decision ahead about Sunday status: “It’s more than just one game. We’re obviously in our seventh game, so there is a ton of football left to play.”
— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) October 29, 2021
From comments like this one, it seems that there is a possibility that the Cowboys play it safe with Dak. They don’t want to rush him back and put him in further jeopardy of a more serious injury. They have a secure lead in the NFC East currently, and regardless of this game, they have proven to be NFC contenders.
Mike McCarthy says Dak Prescott was sore when he showed up this morning, after pushing himself during Thursday’s workout & practice. That’s not unexpected, and McCarthy said he looked good in practice.
He’ll go through a normal Friday & they’ll see where he’s at.
— David Helman (@HelmanDC) October 29, 2021
The Game Plan
If Prescott can’t go on Sunday, the question is not how much does the game plan change. We all know the answer to that would simply be a lot. More so, how does the game plan change against the Vikings?
To begin with, the clock will be the biggest factor. The offense would have to avoid quick, 3 and out drives as much as possible. Those would tire out the defensive unit and give a good Vikings offense shorter fields. It wouldn’t surprise me to see a lot of quick throws early to try to get backup QB Cooper Rush in rhythm.
Rush would have to play and excel in the cliche “game manager” role. For this role, Offensive Coordinator Kellen Moore will need to scheme up easy touches for his best players. Expect a multitude of screens to CeeDee Lamb, Tony Pollard, and possibly even the tight ends.
The Vikings are top ten in pass defense, but they are bottom ten in rushing defense.
A heavy workload for the running backs would also be vital. Minnesota would most likely be prepared for that, so the offensive line would need to have their best game of the season so far.
Keep an eye on the status of Dak Prescott as the matchup on Sunday looms.
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