After a win on Sunday vs the New York Giants, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott revealed that he and defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence have a little bet going on between the offense and defense.
In practice the Saturday before the game, Lawrence told his QB that he bets the defense will have more takeaways the rest of the year than the offense will have touchdowns.
If this bet were raised in the first couple of weeks of the season, you’d probably side with Prescott and his offense. He was in the MVP conversation. The offense was prolific. The run game looked amazing. Now, the tables have turned. The defense is on a tear, while the offense is struggling to score points.
In the Cowboys’ last three games, the offense has scored just five touchdowns… total. On the other side of the ball, the defense now has three straight games with four takeaways in each matchup. This is the first time the Cowboys’ defense has done this since 1994. And, Prescott knows it. He told the press that the defense is “kicking [their] a**.”
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones weighs in on bet between DeMarcus Lawrence and Dak Prescott
It’s no surprise that Jerry Jones was asked his thoughts on this bet. It’s also no surprise that he was thrilled about it. Jones told reporters he loved the idea.
The Hall of Fame owner said it reminded him of bets between players back in the 1990s. According to Jones, Deion Sanders and Michael Irvin would bet $50,000 on who would win two-minute drills during practice. Jones went on to tell reporters:
"“I’ve seen some of the most productive growth in teams when they’ve been doing a little wagering.”"
The GM also said he doesn’t remember the last time his team has had a defense this strong.
Let’s hope that this bet can spark both sides to play their best football moving into the final weeks of the regular season. After the Week 15 contest, the defense is already leading this wager 4-2. Sadly, nobody revealed what the prize would be for the winners. Prescott said the players would settle at the end of the season. Maybe the offense could reward the defense by converting their turnovers into touchdowns? Just a thought.