The NFL is waiting to see if Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott can shoulder the load and win with above average running backs for six weeks.
In a passing league, our Dallas Cowboys are trying to survive as a run first, run second and run third team. Last season against weaker opponents, the combination of a fourth round quarterback and the fourth overall draft pick took the league by storm. Cowboy Nation and the front office then set the franchise back years by pushing our healthy, elite franchise quarterback into the shadows because of a winning streak.
Unfortunately, year number two hasn’t been so magical for the dynamic duo. The Cowboys’ coaching staff can’t hide their concern regarding the loss of running back phenom Ezekiel Elliott for six games. I like Darren McFadden and I’m a huge fan of Alfred Morris, but both running backs are a few notches below Elliott’s skill set.
Cowboy Nation and the rest of the league are waiting to see if quarterback Dak Prescott can shoulder the load and win with above average running backs? That question will answer itself over the next six weeks. Last week, against the Washington Redskins, Elliott had more offensive yards (150) than the quarterback had passing yards (143).
In 2014, against the Tennessee Titans, Romo threw for 176 yards while DeMarco Murray (167 yards), Lance Dunbar (27 yards) and Joseph Randle (26 yards) combined for 220 rushing yards. Even then, wide receiver Dez Bryant – remember him? – had 10 receptions for 103 yards and a touchdown. Now we’re in an era where Bryant has 32 receptions after seven games and tight end Jason Witten leads everyone with 34 receptions. Question #2 – Can the Cowboys become a passing team overnight?
I recall this type of panic when the Cowboys had to play without the legendary awesomeness of former quarterback Tony Romo under center. We never worried about running backs. Romo without Marion Barber – No problem. Romo without Julius Jones – No Problem. Romo without Felix Jones – No problem. Romo without Murray – No problem.
Is Dal Prescott without Ezekiel Elliott a big problem? Possibly. But with Batman missing for six weeks, all eyes are on Robin to save the season.