If you are a fan of the whole “wins are a quarterback stat” statement, then you may not be feeling good about your position if you’re a Dallas Cowboys fan. If you are like me and don’t care how the team wins, you’re in luck. Dak Prescott and his team aren’t undefeated against Washington, but they were good enough to snap Washington’s winning streak and hammered one of the last nails in the proverbial coffin.
Either way, Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott has simply dominated this so-called rivalry up to this point. If you are the pointing-fingers type, you could absolutely point at the leader of this team and say he was the reason Washington almost staged a comeback late.
There were times this season where Prescott bailed his defense out, so let’s put away the individual performances for a second and just enjoy a big victory. The 1993 Cowboys didn’t close out the division until the final week of the season against the New York Giants, and they still went on to win the Super Bowl.
Does anybody remember how Troy Aikman played in that game? He was 24-30 with189 yards and one touchdown. Ten of those completions went to Emmitt Smith for 61 yards. That game is remembered as the “Cold Shoulder” game. We all remember Smith’s gutsy performance but rarely talk about how Aikman played. The reason we can look back and smile is because the team won the game. The same principles apply here.
Cowboys QB Dak Prescott struggled against Washington, but still dominates the rivalry overall
Although I do believe Prescott is in a slump, he is now 8-1 against the Washington Football Team and can push that number even further in two weeks when these teams get together for round two. Even in a slump, Prescott is better than any quarterback Washington has employed over the last 30 years. He still led his team to victory.
I know everyone wanted Dallas to run up the score simply because Washington fans were calling for the Cowboys a week ago, but a seven-point road victory is still impressive. I smile at the fact that Dallas won, as I absolutely loathe Washington. There has been some talk lately about which NFC East foe people hate the most. For me, on the field, it is the Philadelphia Eagles. When it comes to every other aspect, I believe Washington is the worst-run franchise in all of sports.
This season, NFL fans in attendance have had to avoid sewage leaks, concrete barriers in front of seats, and fire sprinklers going off during the game inside luxury suites. Reporters have to avoid sprinklers going off during postgame shows and some cannot even see certain game details or game clocks from the press box.
Even the players have had to endure substandard equipment when playing at FedExField. The Dallas Cowboys flew in their own sideline benches after a tip from Seattle forced them to take action. So, Seattle is partly to blame for “Benchgate.”
Dak Prescott shows he can be dominant in the NFC East
Is there possibly a gamesmanship element to bringing in the benches? Absolutely. But the door was opened by Washington for allowing NFL players to have substandard and non-working equipment on the sideline.
While watching Sunday night football, NBC posted a graphic that showed how dominant Tom Brady has been against the Buffalo Bills. Tom Brady is now 33-3 against the Bills, and I wonder if Dak is on the same trajectory with Washington. Dak Prescott has a 22-6 record against the NFC East for his career. We already know he has gone 8-1 against Washington, but what about the rest of the division?
In his rookie season, Prescott and his team were swept by the New York Giants. They haven’t lost a game with Prescott at the helm since. That is eight straight wins against this week’s upcoming opponent.
So, that just leaves Philadelphia in the NFC East. Prescott has lost three games against Philly but has seemingly had his best passing days against. For the record, I would rather look bad and win than look good and lose. I do want to point out that one of the losses to Philly was the last regular-season game, and then-rookie Prescott was pulled early to rest for the playoffs. That game is better remembered as Tony Romo’s last regular season football game.
Since everyone loves comparisons, Tony Romo ended up with a 33-26 record against the NFC East. Troy Aikman went 50-33, and Roger Staubach carries the most wins with a 55-18 record in the division.
So, even if Dak didn’t have his best game… I’m happy with the result. Washington embarrassed Dallas last year without Dak. One thing remains true – Prescott still owns Washington.