How do the 2020 Dallas Cowboys and 2020 Super Bowl Chiefs match up?
The NFL is known for being a copycat league where as soon as one person does something that works, everyone else follows. Right now the Dallas Cowboys are looked at as an offensive team, just like the Super Bowl Champion Kansas City Chiefs.
Now, things turned out completely different for the two teams during the 2019 season, but why not give it a look at the team’s rosters on paper? How does the Super Bowl 54 winning Chiefs matchup against the 2020 Dallas Cowboys?
The first position we should look at is the most important position on a football team, the quarterback. In this, we compare Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott to Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes.
First, let’s start with how both quarterbacks played during the regular season. Mahomes missed two games due to a dislocated kneecap, so a more accurate comparison would be through per-game averages.
Something that came to my surprise, is that they have very similar stats. What’s even more surprising is that Dak has more of or ties in every category. Mahomes leaving the game in Week 7 early because of the injury previously mentioned may have affected his play late in the season, but still.
By a per-game average, Dak has 1.5 more completions, 18.5 more passing yards, and both average 1.9 touchdowns. Mahomes on the other hand averages 0.3 fewer interceptions and 0.2 fewer sacks.
Mahomes also has a better completion percentage and a better passer rating than Dak. Patrick Mahomes is still better than Dak without a doubt, but I would say Dak is closer to Mahomes’ level than most think.
No, Dak doesn’t do any no-look passes, or launch the ball 50 yards to the fastest player in the league. He did; however, take a big step up in a season where former head coach, Jason Garrett, decided to depend more on the passing game.
Looking at all this, the Chiefs win the quarterback battle. This is not a diss to Dak, but you have to acknowledge how dominant Mahomes has been and how everyone is raving about him as the best quarterback in the league right now.
If Dak keeps up his pace from last season, he can establish himself more in the eyes of fans and media. It is not far fetched to say Dak is a top-five quarterback, especially with the introduction of new head coach Mike McCarthy.