The Dallas Cowboys will look to get back over .500 with a win against the Green Bay Packers at home. Will Dak Prescott finally have a big game?
Dak Prescott hasn’t necessarily been a world beater at the quarter-mark of the NFL season. Many predicted Prescott would experience a sophomore slump during the 2017 season, and so far, he hasn’t done much to prove his naysayers otherwise.
He hasn’t necessarily been bad– his 941 yards, 9 total touchdowns and 90.1 quarterback rating are all respectable numbers, but he just hasn’t been as sharp as he was during his rookie campaign. What’s more concerning, is the overall mediocrity of the Dallas Cowboys‘ offense to start the year.
However, if there’s one team that Prescott is poised to break out against, it’s the Green Bay Packers, the team to deliver Dak’s first playoff loss of his young career.
In last year’s Divisional Round matchup against the Green Bay Packers, Dak had arguably one of his best statistical outputs after having to play from behind for a change. Prescott threw for 302 yards and three touchdowns to get the Cowboys back into the game before a heart-wrenching last-second field goal by kicker Mason Crosby to nullify Dallas’ chances at a potential overtime victory.
Prescott admitted that the bitter loss looms large in the psyche of many Cowboys who were on that team last year.
"“It’s definitely in our heads,” Prescott told the Dallas Morning News. “They knocked us out of the playoffs last year, so I mean we’re going back, I wouldn’t necessarily say for revenge, but to go get a win, to go show them what we’re capable of doing.”"
Prescott should take full control of the offense on Sunday, and have his best game of his up and down season against Green Bay. While Green Bay’s pass defense has improved this year– it’s only given up four touchdowns through the air in four games, it should still be a less-daunting matchup than some of the other defenses they’ve faced this season. Regardless, it should be a thrilling grudge match, with Prescott.
Regardless, it should be a thrilling grudge match, and Dak Prescott’s play will be one of the major storylines in the rematch. If the young quarterback’s level of play mirrors his competitive spirit, it should lead to the revitalization of an underwhelming Dallas Cowboys offense.