It will be one year ago today when the season ended for Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott against the New York Giants. You can’t convince me the NFL schedule makers didn’t pencil this game in for Week 5 on purpose. It’s time for Prescott to get payback.
Now, the word “revenge” might be too strong. Injuries happen all the time in the NFL. It’s not the fault of the Giants that Prescott got hurt last season. It’s not the fault of Giant’s safety Logan Ryan and the way he tackled his opponent. Prescott isn’t looking to harm the Giants, but I bet he’s looking to avenge what he lost out on last season.
Heading into 2020, the Cowboys front office decided to apply the franchise tag to No. 4 while working on a long-term deal. Owner Jerry Jones needed to see more from his signal-caller to warrant a hefty payday. His star quarterback bet on himself and signed the tag, hoping to prove he belongs in the conversation alongside Brady, Mahomes, Rodgers, and Wilson.
That’s when Prescott decided to play his best football up to that point. Through four weeks last season, the former Mississippi State Bulldog threw for 1,690 yards and nine touchdowns. He was on pace to throw for 6,000 yards. Was it a realistic expectation? Not really, but it was fun to watch him play every week.
Then came Week 5 against the Giants. On a routine scramble play for extra yards, Prescott gets tackled with the weight of Logan Ryan coming down on his leg. His season was over with a compound fracture and a dislocated ankle.
Seeing this tweet and watching all players and personnel react to what happened is tough to watch. Everyone across the league likes Prescott, so to see his season end like that was tough for everyone. His injury only fueled the fire for the player we’re witnessing now.
After signing a new 4-year $160 million deal and fully recovering from his injury, the Dallas quarterback is playing even better, leading the team to a 3-1 record. He’s thrown his hat into the conversation of league MVP and is playing like one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL.
So when the Giants take on the Cowboys at 4:25 EST on FOX, look for the whole Dallas team to play their hearts out for their quarterback. To “avenge” something is to take action in return for one of your own being harmed or injured. America’s Team will avenge what happened in Week 5 on the same field last season and rally around their leader Dak Prescott.