Opinions on Dak Prescott this season have been trending more and more towards negative. This is something that comes with the title of “Dallas Cowboys Quarterback.” Scrutiny is heavier than it would be for the average quarterback and so each slip up or big game is covered exponentially more than is normal.
And to be fair, some criticism this season has been well-warranted. Being responsible for the most INTs since his return in Week 6 is something he should be held accountable for and I think any fan can understand that.
But on Saturday Dak showed why he’s still at the helm for the Dallas Cowboys
Despite criticism coming in from all angles, Dak has taken it in stride, continuing to take accountability while also continuing to improve. On Saturday, we saw flashes of old Dak Prescott and it was beautiful. In his last three seasons, Prescott has averaged 302.9 yards per game (YPG) and in 2022 he is throwing for mere 245.0 YPG. I feel that this high yardage total was out of necessity. Ezekiel Elliott was often hobbled and they had yet to unlock Tony Pollard’s potential. Instead they leaned heavily upon the air attack which was elite, consisting of Amari Cooper, Cee Dee Lamb, and Michael Gallup.
Steal from the @SalvationArmyUS kettle? Pretty sure this TD celebration is what Santa would call “bad behavior.”
We turned this naughty moment into a nice gift that keeps on giving… Ls to the Eagles.
Merry Christmas, #CowboysNation!
— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) December 25, 2022
The run game had an EPA/play (Expected Points Added) of -.14 and a Success Rate of 31%. This indicated that the run game was inefficient and produced something positive, in terms of EPA, on 31% of all run plays. Instead, he decided to take the game into his own hands, really coming alive in the 2nd half and shaking off his 1st Quarter pick-six. Prescott finished with 347 Yds, 3 TDs, and a 124.3 Passer Rating and in terms of EPA he had a total of 12.5 with a 58% Success Rate on passing plays.
At the end of the day, Dak is the franchise guy for the Dallas Cowboys and we’re paying him $40M per year to lead the Cowboys to a championship. Regardless of how the rest of the team shapes out, this team, as with countless other football clubs, run through their quarterback. Performances such as this one are not required each game to win, but it is good to know that when the Dallas Cowboys need to lean heavily upon him, he is able to step up and make things happen as he did on Saturday.
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— Bob Sturm (@SportsSturm) December 25, 2022