This year, the Dallas Cowboys will try to do something a team hasn’t done since 2004: win the NFC East title two years in a row. The last time that happened was when the Philadelphia Eagles did so in 2003 and 2004.
Although many may laugh at the NFC East, all four teams made some serious roster and staff changes this offseason to try and improve their franchise’s chances at a Super Bowl. It’s also worth noting that the Cowboys have dominated this division for years, capturing the NFC East crown 24 times.
So, how can they do it again? Dallas does have some serious advantages over some of their rivals. In this series, we will take a look at three advantages per NFC East team. Let’s start with the Washington Commandos… sorry, Commanders.
3 advantages the Dallas Cowboys have over the Washington Commanders in 2022
3. The Quarterback Position
Even though Cowboys Nation may not be entirely sold on Dak Prescott, the reality is that he is better than Carson Wentz. In a league where the quarterback position is arguably the most important, Prescott absolutely owns the NFC East with a record of 25-6 against divisional teams in his career.
Washington was seriously desperate for a quarterback after watching Taylor Heinicke and Kyle Allen try to stay above water on the football field last season. Is Wentz an improvement over those two? Sure. But is he a better quarterback than Prescott? No.
That doesn’t even take into account the fact that the Commanders are way overpaying a guy who heavily underperformed in 2021. Many sports outlets called the trade for Wentz one of the worst moves of the 2021 offseason (I guess thanks for outdoing the Amari Cooper trade, Washington).
The Colts were likely worried they’d get nothing for Wentz. Instead, the Commanders decided to take on his $28 million cap hit, which he is far from worth, and gave up two 2022 draft picks and one conditional 2023 third-round pick. All of this for a guy who isn’t a great quarterback and is clearly a problem off the field as well.
Wentz was ranked 26th in completion percentage (66.4) and 27th in yards per attempt (6.7), yet his salary ranks him ninth among all NFL starting quarterbacks. We’d take Prescott any day.