1. Dak Prescott, QB
It’s hard to imagine the Cowboys winning the Super Bowl without Prescott playing his best. At the end of the day, the quarterback position is the most important in football and that is ever so true for Dallas this season.
In games where Prescott has a quarterback rating of at least 108, the Cowboys are 6-0. They are 4-4 when he dips below that mark.
Additionally, Dallas is 7-2 when Prescott completes at least 68 percent of his passes in a game. The two losses came against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Las Vegas Raiders. Even with the losses, the 28-year-old quarterback gave his team the best chance to win. In these games, he had a combined 70.25 completion percentage, 778 passing yards, five touchdowns, and one interception.
Dallas can only hope their franchise quarterback plays like that every game. With the defense hot and hopefully keeping up their play, Prescott has to do what he does best, help his team score points.
America saw a glimpse of what Dallas’ full potential was in Week 16’s Sunday Night Football game. The defense played phenomenally, but more importantly, Prescott and the offense looked unstoppable for the first time in a long time. Almost every drive was productive, and they utilized everyone from wide receiver Amari Cooper to tight end Dalton Schultz to even running back Ezekiel Elliott in the passing game.
As a matter of fact, there are very few teams that can probably stop Dallas if Prescott is at the top of his game. Yes, Dallas was playing Washington, who has one of the worst secondaries in the league, but the way the former Rookie of the Year was playing made it look like no one was stopping him.
As a result, this playoff runs with Prescott. If he plays as he did against Denver or Kansas City, the Cowboys are probably not going anywhere in the postseason. However, if he can get back to the MVP-caliber player that he was at the beginning of the season and in Week 16, the Cowboys and their fans can be confident about this team’s Super Bowl chances.