Perception is reality.

A pretty common expression, but what exactly does it mean? Webster defines perception as the way you think about or understand someone or something. The way that you notice or understand something using one of your senses visual/spatial.

Based on this definition we can see that perception does not necessarily equal fact or truth, rather what we THINK to be true is based on a myriad of variables.

Now let’s apply this social construct to NFL quarterback hierarchy, specifically Dak Prescott vs. Patrick Mahomes. I think most fans outside of Texas would without hesitation say Mahomes is the better QB. Mahomes has been to two super bowls in the past and has been the leader of one of the most prolific offenses the NFL has ever seen over the past few seasons. But what about today, November 19th, 2021, is Mahomes really a better QB than Prescott?

Dak making history

 Here’s where that word perception comes into play. Most people would still roll with Mahomes, but I would argue that there isn’t another quarterback in the entire NFL playing on the level that Dak Prescott is right now. A win by the Prescott leads the Cowboys over the Chiefs in Arrowhead this weekend would do wonders for changing this perception nationally.

Oct 17, 2021; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) on the field before the start of the game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Prescott has gone up against top-tier quarterbacks in the past but the Aaron Rodgers and Tom Bradys of the world are the old guards. Mahomes has been the gold standard for not only the NFL but most certainly for this wave of quarterbacks.

Ultimately it will always come down to the number of rings when arguing quarterback hierarchy, fair or not. But games like the one this Sunday are ones where rising young superstars like Prescott cement their status as elite and continue their rise to even higher levels.

 

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