Did sweat actually hurt Dallas Cowboys’ second-year quarterback Dak Prescott’s efficiency against the New York Giants Sunday night?
The Dallas Cowboys got a big divisional win to start off their regular season of Sunday night, defeating the New York Giants 19-3. It was considered to be a quality overall performance by the Cowboys, who lost to the Giants in both of their NFC East matchups last year.
Of particular note was the play of second-year quarterback Dak Prescott. The 24-year old passed for 268 yards and a touchdown, once again staying clean by not throwing an interception in the contest.
Completing 24 of his 39 passes, Prescott’s 61.5 completion percentage was the fifth lowest in his 18 games as a professional, including Dallas’ playoff loss to the Green Bay Packers last season. At times, the ball seemed to get away from the young passer. And one Cowboys’ insider has a crazy theory as to why.
"“Did anyone notice how much Dak Prescott was sweating during the game? His uniform appeared drenched and, and he doesn’t wear a sweat band on his right wrist. Is it possible he had some problems with sweat rolling down into his hand?” asked Bryan Broaddus on the team’s official website. “The ball came out of his hand funny a couple of times where I thought he might have had a problem with his grip? Usually his ball has a tight spiral, but there were times where that wasn’t always the case.”"
Although Prescott did do enough to win the ball game, excessive perspiration by the young passer was a topic of fans on Twitter during the primetime matchup. Dak was noticeably drenched. And with the roof of AT&T Stadium closed and the packed arena housing a reported attendance well over 90,000 fans, the circumstances likely created what would amount to being a heat box on the field.
Although sweat could be the culprit here, Prescott has struggled with accuracy in the past. Most notably, during the offseason and through training camp his rookie year. Some were actually amazed when Dak was one of the most accurate passers in the preseason last year after his struggles in practice.
That kind of talk all but disappeared this year, as Prescott played and practiced like the reigning NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year he is through the offseason, training camp and during his limited play in the preseason.
At the end of the day, the theory that sweat might have played a part in some of Dak Prescott’s overthrows during Sunday night’s big win over their NFC East rivals could certainly be true. But those are the types of obstacles superstars like Dak are asked to overcome every single game and still pull out the victory. And against the Giants on Sunday night, Prescott certainly did that.