The Dallas Cowboys are fresh off arguably their best win of the 2021 season so far. They defeated the previously undefeated Carolina Panthers, 36-28. It was their second game in a row with at least 35 points. Plus, it came against a Carolina defense that had only given up 30 points in their first three games combined. Once again, QB Dak Prescott and his weapons were very impressive.
As was noted last week, Panthers Head Coach Matt Rhule praised Prescott early last week. He mentioned his pocket presence and pre-play work ad nauseam. Those characteristics flashed throughout Sunday’s win. They have all season as well.
It is becoming more and more obvious to everyone that watches him play.
The vaunted Panthers defense didn’t sack Dak Prescott a single time, nor did they grab an INT.
Meanwhile, the oft-maligned #Cowboys defense sacked Sam Darnold five times, hurried him 11 times and picked him off twice.
I won’t say it, but you’re starting to think it — a smidge.
— Patrik [No C] Walker (@VoiceOfTheStar) October 3, 2021
Four weeks into the season, the Cowboys QB has his name in the MVP conversation. Both his play and statistics are doing the talking for him.
Prescott is second in completion percentage, only behind Cardinals QB Kyler Murray. Alongside Tom Brady, he sits in third place in passing touchdowns so far this season with ten of them. Dak has the fourth-highest QB Rating among starters, trailing Russell Wilson, Patrick Mahomes, and Matthew Stafford.
— NFL (@NFL) October 3, 2021
Not to mention, Prescott has the Cowboys playing their best football in a while. They currently lead the NFC East, and their offense is third in the league in yards per game. The defense has taken big strides to begin the season, and the youth has shown up everywhere.
Prescott’s success has also opened up the running game. Ezekiel Elliott has looked much more like himself, and the combo of him and Tony Pollard have been extremely productive. Having one of the most efficient quarterbacks in the league makes every facet of the offense more dynamic.
Dalton Schultz and Cedrick Wilson have emerged, too. The loss of Michael Gallup was daunting, but those two players have stepped up in his absence.
Last but not least, the offensive line has performed well, even without La’El Collins. They are giving Dak plenty of time, but he and Kellen Moore have made sure to adjust play-calling based on the line’s performances in-game.
Cowboys OC Kellen Moore, QB Dak Prescott conferred at halftime yesterday to change 2 looks based on Panthers D in 1st half. Result: TDs to Amari Cooper, Cedrick Wilson.
“Adjustment football is part of the process,” Kellen tells us. Not reinventing game at half; re-establishing. pic.twitter.com/e7CqckhFh4
— Jori Epstein (@JoriEpstein) October 4, 2021
If Dak continues this kind of production and the Cowboys continue their success, there will be no choice but to talk about Prescott in the light of the MVP at the end of the season.
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