It was a wild ride for the Dallas Cowboys offense in 2021. At first, they appeared to be an unstoppable object tearing through defenses around the NFL. Over the second half of the season, they better resembled an immovable force.

Losing Amari Cooper and La’el Collins has many in Cowboys Nation wondering if they’ll be able to bounce back, and while the fanbase’s expectations feel a little low this offseason, there are reasons to be excited.

That’s why Cynthia Frelund from NFL.com is high on Dak Prescott & Co. heading into the 2022 NFL season. Recently, the analytics expert ranked the 11 top offenses in the league and declared Dallas the 8th best unit.

In her analysis, Frelund pointed out Dak Prescott’s performance as the driving force behind her bullish stance on the Cowboys’ offense.

“Dak Prescott averaged a career-low 2.75 seconds to throw and tossed quick passes at his highest rate in the past three seasons (42.1%). The quick throws (under 2.5 seconds) did work to help him escape pressure — as evidenced by his career-low 28.9 pressure rate — and drove a career-high 107.7 passer rating on short passes (fourth in the NFL). He also ran away from would-be pressure and earned a 116.8 passer rating when on the move (best in NFL among qualified QBs).”

Frelund also pointed out her models are bullish on Dallas’ offensive line. Even with big questions on both sides of the unit, All-Pros Tyron Smith and Zack Martin are still a part of it.

This could lead to more chances for Dak Prescott to do one of the things he goes best. Going deep.

“When Dak does have time, great things happen (SEE: his career-high 110.0 passer rating throwing outside the numbers in 2021, the fourth-best mark in the NFL).”

All of this brings to the table what perhaps is the biggest story for the Cowboys’ offense in 2022. Will quarterback play outweigh losing Cooper and Collins in the offseason? Clearly, those departures don’t make the roster better. Thinking so would be nothing but an optimistic illusion.

But can a healthier Dak Prescott that will have more practice throughout the offseason elevate the level of the offense in 2022? We’ll find out.

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