It’s not Sunday, but slow starts continue to plague the Dallas Cowboys. After the defense overcame a dreadful start to limit the Eagles to a field goal on the game’s first possession, Dak Prescott and company took over hoping to put the pressure back on their rivals.
The initial signs were promising. Kellen Moore designed a couple plays for Ezekiel Elliott, before Tony Pollard move the sticks on a catch.
Whatever moment Dallas had was sapped right there, however, as Prescott threw one of the worst interceptions you’ll see all season.
The Cowboys quarterback had Dalton Scultz wide open on a leak out — a staple during the Schultz era. The only problem? Prescott didn’t put enough air on the throw, and Josh Sweat picked the ball out of the air. To add insult to injury, Prescott was in position to tackle Sweat, but the pass rusher shrugged him off like a rag doll.
The end result was a pick-six and a 10-0 Eagles lead.
Cowboys’ Dak Prescott threw an awful pick-six against the Eagles, and Twitter had plenty to say.
It really doesn’t get any worse than that. Russell Wilson had a similar interception returned for a score a few weeks ago. If you’ve paid any attention to what’s transpired in Denver this season, Wilson is the last quarterback Prescott should want to be mentioned in the same sentence as.
Predictably, Twitter let Dak hear it.
Recency bias is king, and Prescott has certainly racked up a lot of interceptions in his near-seven seasons, but this is unequivocally the worst pick of his career. Sweat didn’t even have to jump. A gaffe of this magnitude happens to all quarterbacks. It just comes at a terrible time with the game on national television and the interception narrative following Prescott since he returned from injury.
Luckily, the Cowboys marched down the field on the ensuing possession, which Elliott capped with a short rushing touchdown. The game is back on, and Prescott has responded accordingly (no surprises there), but let’s hope this marked the only giveaway of the game for the under-siege quarterback.