Now that the regular season is over, the debate is settled. Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott and wide receiver CeeDee Lamb have catapulted themselves as the leagues' best QB-WR duo of 2023 and maybe years to come.
Even former Cowboys coach Jason Garrett praised this duo claiming them as the top one-two punch in the league during his pre-game show appearance on Sunday Night Football this past weekend. Heads are starting to turn, to say the least.
As the Cowboys prepare for the Green Bay Packers in the first round of the 2023-2024 NFL Playoffs, the Cowboys are riding high after easily taking care of the now head-coach-less Washington Commanders in week 18.
In a game that saw Dallas win with ease, 38-10, Prescott and Lamb put a stamp on the great regular season they have been having. Lamb caught all 13 of his targets from Prescott on his way to 98 receiving yards and two scores.
In a season where as a team, the Cowboys have broke many records, so did these two stars. This year Lamb finished the regular season number two in the league amongst wide receivers, in yards and receiving touchdowns and number one in targets and yards after the catch. His counterpart, Prescott has been just as impressive. Among quarterbacks, Prescott is number one in touchdowns (next closest is Sunday's opponent in Jordan Love), completion percentage and number two in total QBR.
Cowboys' Dak Prescott and CeeDee Lamb are the best QB-WR duo in the NFL
As far as the Cowboys franchise record books go, these two have cemented themselves with some of the best. Lamb broke the franchise's single season records in receptions and yards with 135 receptions for a total of 1,749 yards. The original record was set in1995 by Michael Irvin during the glory years that this team now is desperately trying to get back to. Prescott finished tied for second place in single-season touchdown passes just behind himself during his 2021 campaign. As for single-season lead in yards, he only trails Tony Romo's numbers in 2012. Prescott has been spectacular this season.
Each have had many high points this year. Lamb's best game of the year was either his record-breaking 227 yards receiving performance against the Lions in week 17 or his 158 yard and two touchdown outing against the Los Angeles Rams in October. Prescott's best outing has to be his 401 passing yards and five total touchdown showing against the New York Giants in their second matchup in early November.
If you had either of these guys on your fantasy teams this year chances are, you had a good season.
The connection between these two is impeccable. The Madden-type highlights they have created are eye-popping and they have proved to be the best combo across the league this season. You have Joe Burrow (when healthy) and JaMarr Chase's connection. A healthy Kirk Cousins and Justin Jeffersons'. Tua Tagovoila and Tyreek Hills'. Josh Allen and Stefon Diggs'. Jalen Hurts and AJ Brown's. The list can continue. However, what each of those connection's' lack in comparison to Prescott and Lamb's, is their connectivity and trust as a teammate.
Statistics aside, Prescott and Lamb trust each other. Every game you see the embrace that each player has toward each other and how well they regroup after a struggling period. Lamb can go two quarters without a target then out of nowhere when Prescott needs him, Lamb is there to bail him out and move the offense downfield.
There have been plenty of times this season where Lamb has zoomed across the field on a slant pattern and ran up the field for a big gain to shift the momentum in Dallas's favor when they needed it the most. Prescott and Lamb make things look easy for them while making it darn hard for most opposing defenses to contain them.
These two have each others' full support for 60 minutes every Sunday. This level of support and trust between them can really help Dallas' chances to perform at a high level in the playoffs.
Coach McCarthy can keep calling the seemingly correct plays, Prescott can keep yelling "here we go" all he wants at the line of scrimmage. But if the Prescott and Lamb duo is not in sync, their offense will fold and the Cowboys can fall apart quickly.
Yes the Cowboys have weapons to get them out of a slump if need be but their star-studded duo is what keeps this offense afloat and has been all season.
In the playoffs you have to stick with what got you to that position in the first place, and the works of Dak Prescott and Lamb certainly have. Now, the Cowboys prepare to play host to the Green Bay Packers in the Wild Card round, looking to push their home winning streak to 17 games and advance to the Divisional Round.
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