Dallas Cowboys: Sunday’s game is a huge one for Dak Prescott
Dak Prescott went off while leading the Dallas Cowboys to victory over the New York Giants. Here’s why Sunday’s game against Washington is huge for him.
No one saw it coming, not even Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. Dak Prescott came out onto the field this past Sunday on a mission. He was about to put on a display of his refined skill set and how it functioned in a Kellen Moore called offensive system.
It started off bumpy, but by the top of the third quarter, the Cowboys sat with a decent lead and the team’s signal-caller had already had one of the best days of his career. He would close by adding on about 100 more passing yards en route to finishing off what would be a 400 yard passing game, a four-touchdown day, and something called a Perfect Quarterback Rating.
Dak Prescott looked amazing, but there were caveats galore to be tossed around. He was playing against the Giants they said, it was only Week One or one game they said. It was a function of the system called by Kellen Moore even more of them said.
All true, perhaps, or perhaps it was more to it than that. That is what makes this Sunday’s game, the Cowboys’ next game against the Washington Redskins, so important and a huge one for Dak. Because there are so few games in an NFL season as compared to other leagues, 82 in the NBA or 162 in the MLB for example, every game is really important.
Even more complicated and sort of oxymoronic though is the fact that you also would have the same perpetrators of that notion tell you that it’s early and that perhaps teams are still getting their bearings under them. Regardless of which notion you exclusively choose to side with or even if you believe a little bit of both, this next game for Dak Prescott is a huge one.
It is a huge game for many reasons, but it can best be broken down into four areas. The four areas of impact or concern here are Dak Prescott himself, his teammates, fans and critics, and his owner and front office personnel. It is a referendum to them all about the fourth-year signal-caller.
For Prescott himself, his performance will either reinforce his training while confirming to him that all his hard work has paid off, or it could tear him down if he has a bad day while making him question things like his own ability or performance in Week One’s matchup.
For his teammates, it could either solidify what they’re all probably thinking about their quarterback right now, or it could make them question the fact of if he’s the right guy to lead them to the promised land.
For the fans and critics alike, who are most often times the same person or people, it could give them the confidence that what they saw during week one is the new norm or it could give them the further ammo that they need to continue to slander QB1 for the Dallas Cowboys.
For the owner and front office people, it could either confirm their notion that a Prescott extension is imminent or it could again make them question whether he is worth what Prescott is reportedly seeking, a number range that is simply the cost of doing business when it comes to paying a top tier quarterback.
You can dress it up any way you would like, this is a very big game for Dak Prescott. As early in the season as it may be, he’s not only competing against the defenses of other teams, but he is also competing against himself and the ghosts of a prehistoric Scott Linehan called offense.
Does Prescott have to mimic last week’s performance of 405 passing yards and four touchdowns? No, but he would serve himself well to toss it around for close to 300 or better.
If he wants to bury or dispel these ghosts for good, along with his reputation as being nothing more than a high profiled Dak and dunk type game manager, he must continue to build upon or maintain the levels from his showing last week.
On the other side and It must be noted that if Prescott continues to play at the level he did last week, as documented by us, the sky could be the limit for the Dallas Cowboys. He must at least maintain a semblance of that success though to continue his upward trend and this is why this week’s game is a huge one for Dak Prescott.