Is 2022 really ‘Super Bowl or Bust’ for Dak Prescott’s Cowboys?
By Mike Luciano
The Dallas Cowboys may not be considered Super Bowl favorites following the stacked Los Angeles Rams making a run to the game’s zenith, but Dak Prescott will likely have his team on the fringe of the championship bubble once again thanks to his ability to stuff the stat sheet.
However, fans could be justified in their claims that the Prescott-led bunch is starting to stagnate. Dallas has still not made it to an NFC Championship game in Prescott’s tenure, with multiple home playoff losses underscoring how pitiful this team has been in the postseason.
Even though Prescott is the furthest thing from a disappointing performer, there is a small contingent of this fanbase who is not going to rest with the Dak criticism until he slips a ring on his finger. Playing off those fans, ESPN’s Robert Griffin III gave Dak a monumental task for 2022.
Prescott was listed as one of five quarterbacks who need to go on a Super Bowl run this season, putting him alongside names like Russell Wilson, Josh Allen, and Kyler Murray. After years of treading water in the postseason picture, is 2022 the year to go all-in for a title? Well…not really.
Is it Super Bowl or bust for Dak Prescott, Cowboys?
The Cowboys would be in “Super Bowl or Bust” Mode if they had a roster loaded from top to bottom. While they have made some improvements, questions about the defensive line and their wide receiver room following the departure of Amari Cooper could come back to bite them.
With many of their big-name offensive pieces locked in for the next few years, Dallas has the infrastructure needed to remain a consistent competitor and winner in this conference. Mortgaging the future for 2022 could be considered an extra risky strategy from Jerry Jones.
Getting a quarterback in the Patrick Mahomes/Josh Allen tier also puts you into “go all out” territory. Prescott is not on that level (not an insult!), meaning that the Cowboys need to provide him with enough support to elevate him to that near-elite plateau.
2022 will be a pivotal season for Prescott and the Cowboys, as it will be one of just a handful of prime years Dak has left. Failing to make the postseason, or getting swatted away after one game, would be a huge disappointment.
However, fans shouldn’t start planning for Armageddon if they do not end up in Glendale in February.