In the NFL, quarterbacks are king. The Dallas Cowboys know this as well as anyone since they recently saw an entire season fall apart in 2020 when Dak Prescott suffered a broken ankle. Upon his return in 2021, they rebounded and put up an impressive 12-5 record.
They’re not the only team that believes their quarterback can carry them to wins either as there are several elite signal-callers throughout the league. In 2022, Dallas faces four such players — and three of them are on the schedule before Week 5.
Ranking the 4 toughest quarterbacks the Cowboys will face in 2022
4. Matthew Stafford, L.A. Rams, Week 5
For the second year in a row, the Cowboys will take on the defending Super Bowl champions on the road. Last year, they did so on opening night and lost a close contest to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. This year, the meeting comes in Week 5 when Dallas travels to SoFi Stadium to take on Matthew Stafford and the Los Angeles Rams.
Stafford spent 12 seasons with the Detroit Lions and was one of the most prolific passers in the game. He’s even had some special moments against Dallas — such as their meeting in 2013 when he threw for 488 yards and ran in a game-winning touchdown. That was also the game Calvin Johnson had 329 yards, but that’s enough reminiscing on that dreadful day.
The Rams were contenders before landing Stafford but they knew it would be hard to pull off the ultimate victory with Jared Goff. That’s why they made a huge move for the former No. 1 overall pick and they were rewarded with a Lombardi Trophy in year one.
Stafford finished the season with 4,886 yards and 41 touchdowns but he did lead the NFL with 17 interceptions. That’s the one area Dallas can exploit given the ability of their secondary to create turnovers. But even if they can get the ball back, the offense is going to have to make sure to put up a lot of points because the L.A. offense is loaded and Stafford has 34 career come-from-behind wins.