The Dallas Cowboys are about to enter, perhaps, the most critical three-game stretch of the 2021 season. Dallas takes on the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday before hosting the Las Vegas Raiders on Thanksgiving Day. A week later, the Cowboys head to New Orleans for a Thursday Night matchup with the Saints in the Superdome.

Dallas, 7-2 on the season, has a golden opportunity to solidify themselves as the team to beat in the NFC. Though the Chiefs have not been as dominant to this point as they have been in years past, Kansas City is always a Super Bowl threat. Patrick Mahomes and Andy Reid are as good of a quarterback-coach tandem as it gets.

Additionally, both the Raiders and the Saints are on track to be playoff teams this season. Las Vegas made a coaching change and the Saints are without their initial starting quarterback, but both present chances for quality wins. Those kind of wins would boster the Cowboys’ resume.

Not only is this stretch important for the Cowboys, it is very important for Dak Prescott — especially when it comes to the MVP.


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Nov 14, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) celebrates scoring a touchdown in the third quarter against the Atlanta Falcons at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

The race for the league’s Most Valuable Player award is wide open. Each quarterback in the mix — Prescott, Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Kyler Murray, Lamar Jackson, and Josh Allen — have all either missed a game or had a clunker of a performance. The one running back that was in contention, Derrick Henry, is likely out for the remainder of the regular season.

That means the door is wide open for someone to establish themselves as the favorite for the prestigious award over the second half of the season. Dak Prescott is in as good of a position to take advantage as anyone in the league.

Prescott enters week 11 with the third-best odds to win MVP. He is first or near the top in the league in several quarterback metrics. Furthermore, he is the face of the most valuable franchise in professional sports and has the Cowboys on track for one of the top seeds in the loaded NFC.

He is currently on pace to throw for 4,600+ yards, 40 touchdowns, 10 interceptions, and a 70-percent completion percentage.

Dak Prescott clearly has the numbers and the narrative for the award, especially coming off that devastating season-ending injury. These next three games, though, provide Prescott to have his “MVP moment”.


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Oct 17, 2021; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) throws a ball during warmups before a game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

Heisman moment is a commonly used phrase in college sports when a player has a big game or a memorable performance.

The throw to CeeDee Lamb to beat the New England Patriots in Foxborough was a big moment, but that was earlier in the season. Voters need to be reminded down the stretch and in big games.

Beating Patrick Mahomes in Arrowhead Stadium on a national stage would count as a MVP moment for Prescott. As would a dominant outing against the Raiders on Thanksgiving Day with the world watching.

“I think with all of the narrative juice and all of the narrative momentum that can potentially get behind him — and with some of the holes in the arguments for other people — I think it’s going to happen,” said The Athletic NFL analyst Robert Mays.

The Dallas Cowboys have the opportunity to establish themselves as a legitimate Super Bowl contender — if not one of the favorites. Prescott has a chance to set himself apart from the rest of the field in the MVP race.

A 3-0 stretch, or even a 2-1 record with some impressive outings, would go a long way in Dak Prescott securing his first ever MVP and changing the narrative around he and the Cowboys. Buckle up.

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