Dak Prescott vs 49ers pass defense – Week 15
Season after season, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott has gotten better. Regardless of this, people seem to find a reason to cast doubt upon him.
In 2019 he had his best individual season yet, throwing for 30 touchdowns and almost reaching 5,000 yards, while also almost having a 100.0 passer rating. Everything that he has been questioned about, he has been proven wrong.
One of the lingering “issues” with Dak is that some believe he doesn’t perform against good teams. His stats have to be padded by great performances against worse teams.
Kenneth Wilson, writer for The Landry Hat, dove into this theory. In analyzing stats, he came to this conclusion:
"“When he is good, he’s good and when he’s not so good, he’s not, no matter the competition.”"
It isn’t that Dak is bad against good teams, he just has some bad games … just like every other quarterback. Week 15 allows Dak to play against an improved version of one of the top passing defenses in the NFL from 2019.
The San Francisco 49ers ranked first in the league for passing yards against and passing yards per attempt. They also ranked in the top 10 for holding quarterbacks to the lowest passer rating and completion percentage.
Leading the 49ers defense is a member of the 2010’s All-Decade team in cornerback Richard Sherman. There to be in Dak’s face is reigning defensive rookie of the year, Nick Bosa.
This is going to be a very entertaining game to watch. A good game by Dak may not silence his doubters, but not because of his play. As long as Dak is a Dallas Cowboy, people will find something to complain about.
The 2020 season has a ton of matchups to watch. It is a big year for the Cowboys in terms of new players, and also new coaching staff. What are you looking forward to for the 2020 season?
NFL player stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference
College player stats courtesy of Sports Reference