Dallas Cowboys fans have probably noticed a big change on offense that’s nearly impossible to miss. For years, quarterback Dak Prescott showed he had what it takes to be a starting signal-caller in the NFL but wasn’t quite known as a gunslinger.
That’s changing now.
In 2022, the Cowboys quarterback is taking more risks as he seeks to “throw receivers open” with anticipation. That’s led to more turnovers as Prescott has six interceptions in six games since his return in Week 7.
Many of those have come in routes that involve a QB and WR read. Prescott has consistently trusted his guys – more CeeDee Lamb than any other – to make the right reads and get explosive plays.
The problem is those plays require great execution or they can end in costly mistakes. A recent example came against the Indianapolis Colts when Prescott threw an interception to set up the Colts at the Cowboys’ 19-yard line.
The Cowboys quarterback was targeting Michael Gallup in an out-breaking route as the receiver fell to the ground and Stephon Gilmore picked off Dak.
“The interception, that was another trust throw against a great cornerback who made a great play,” the Cowboys quarterback told reporters postgame. “I went over to (Gallup) and said ‘Hey, I’ll do it again. If you are crossing face, I am throwing right there and I’ll expect you to do that.”
“That is just the confidence I have in myself and have in these receivers. I didn’t throw it up to my expectations.”
This isn’t the first time Prescott talks about the Cowboys remaining this aggressive in the passing game. After beating the Chicago Bears, for example, Prescott said he wouldn’t shy away from the middle-field-read routes that involve the receiver reading the safeties after throwing an interception in the first half of that game.
Some have argued it isn’t the right strategy for Dallas while some have welcomed the mentality.
Fortunately, the Cowboys have a defense (and special teams unit) that gives the offense some breathing room with mistakes like this one. Not only have they been highly successful getting stops but they’re second in the NFL in takeaways and everyone is getting in on the fun.
“Luckily, we have a great team and defense like this,” added Prescott postgame. “I’ll learn from this as I always do and respond.”
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