Dak Prescott 2022 stat predictions: Cowboys QB back in MVP talks
A fully healthy Dak Prescott is good. Scratch that. A fully healthy Dak Prescott is elite, and I think he will have his best season to date in 2022.
Keep in mind that there are 17 games in a season now, so a 5,000 passing yard season is much more attainable, especially in the modern era of the NFL. There have been 14 5,000-yard seasons in NFL history, and two of them happened this past season. The Cowboys QB got close to the feat himself in 2019 when he recorded 4,902 passing yards. So, a season like this is very within reach.
Before his calf injury against the Patriots this past season, the Mississippi State alum was on pace for over 5,100 passing yards. With an easier schedule this season, I expect Prescott to tear up defenses, through the air and on the ground.
He should produce a lot of yardage throughout the first six games due to the toughest competitors being early in the season. With offensive powerhouses like the Bucs, Bengals, and Rams, shootouts are inevitable for at least those three.
Surprisingly, I predict No. 4 will rack up most of his stats in those types of games rather than easier matchups like the Lions, Bears, and Giants. Once the team has a comfortable lead, expect them to dial Prescott back to make sure he stays healthy for the postseason. This also includes the season finale. There is a fair chance that the final game is meaningless, so I played it safe and assumed the Cowboys would give Prescott first-half reps, then sit him for the remaining two quarters.
To wrap it up with a pretty bow, Dak could set multiple season records for himself while being a prime MVP candidate. I also predict he will find success on the ground as well for the first time since 2019, due to head coach Mike McCarthy’s recent comments. Get excited Cowboy fans, the return of Dak Prescott will be a force to be reckoned with.