Dak Prescott will prove the doubters wrong this postseason

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 14: Dak Prescott #4 of the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on October 14, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 14: Dak Prescott #4 of the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on October 14, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) /

Coming off one of his best performances of this season, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott is primed to prove doubters wrong and lead Dallas on a deep playoff run this postseason.

What a way to kick off 2019 with the Dallas Cowboys and Seattle Seahawks in the Wildcard Round of the NFL Playoffs this Sunday. Both teams finished the regular season with a 10-6 record and look to matchup very evenly on paper.

Seattle won their regular season meeting all the way back in Week Three. But due to injuries and acquisitions, both teams have changed considerably in the past few months.

If you have followed this Cowboys team through the entire regular season you would probably summarize this team as one with an outstanding defense, and inconsistent offense that can be both spectacular and dreadful. Now when a team’s offense struggles, the heap of the blame is thrown on the quarterback, and Dak Prescott has been no stranger to this theory.

Throughout the entire season, Prescott has been criticized for his inconsistency, inability to step up and movie in the pocket, and inaccuracy on his throws. Although there have been some bad moments and Prescott is never going to be the next Joe Montana, he will lead Dallas to a win over Seattle on Sunday, and in my opinion much more.

Despite the continual criticism that comes Prescott’s way just by being the Dallas Cowboys quarterback, he really has upped his game and played great football down the stretch run of this regular season. Did you know that since Week 10 Prescott has posted a QBR off over 100 in six of eight games, this is more than Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, and Ben Roethlisberger?

Also, in his last nine games, the Dallas quarterback has thrown fourteen touchdowns to just four interceptions.  Now don’t get me wrong, I am not trying to say Prescott is a better quarterback than the aforementioned Rodgers, Brady, and Roethlisberger. But, there is something to be said for a quarterback coming into the playoffs off arguably one of the best performances of his career like Prescott had last Sunday.

When Dallas takes on Seattle on Sunday the Seahawks defense is going to have one thing on their mind, and that is do not let Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott win this game for them. Seattle’s defense is going to stuff the box in an attempt to stop the run and dare Prescott to beat them through the air.

Now in the past, Prescott has not played particularly well against the Seahawks, see Week 16 of the 2017 season, and they have had success by sending pressure against him, slowing down the run, and again basically forcing him to beat them through the air.

In my opinion, Seattle is going to employ the same defensive strategy this weekend, and with a defense that has shown its ability to be dominant at times, I think they will have relative success slowing down Elliott and the Dallas run game.

If this is the case, it is going to come down to Prescott to make plays to win the game for the Cowboys, and this is where he is going to shine. Since 2016 when he entered the league Prescott has 14 game-winning drives, most among active quarterbacks in the NFL, and he is going to add another one to that list on Sunday.

If Dallas can beat Seattle and move on to the second round, they will be the hottest team in the NFC and playing with house money against their second-round opponent. They will also have a quarterback in Prescott who would be coming off his first ever playoff win-hungry for more. Last weekend Prescott showed in stellar form the clutch-gene that he possesses, and that when the lights get brightest he shines the most, which will show up in the playoffs.

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Dak Prescott has been proving people wrong his entire career, and he is going to continue to do that this postseason. When the spotlight is the brightest, Prescott is going to show up and lead this team, and maybe do something Cowboys fans have not witnessed in a long time.