Remember at this point last season when Dak Prescott was being taken to the woodshed by the general media? While Prescott had the Dallas Cowboys offense humming all year, he couldn't help but turn the football over.
Everyone who watched Prescott's first six seasons knew that season was an outlier. Only five quarterbacks in NFL history have a better TD:INT ratio than Prescott. Before last year, Dak was No. 5 in that department, trailing only Aaron Rodgers, Patrick Mahomes, Russell Wilson and Tom Brady.
Not only has Prescott reverted back to the norm, but he's reentered the conversation of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. For folks who have been in the foxholes of the Dak discourse, these are unprecedented times.
Even Aaron Rodgers has taken note of Prescott's heater.
On Tuesday, Pat McAfee asked Rodgers about Dak's "here we go" pre-snap cadence that's taken the nation by storm. Unprompted, Rodgers took several minutes to acknowledge Prescott's play this season and called the two-time Pro Bowler one of his favorite quarterbacks to watch.
Aaron Rodgers praised Cowboys QB Dak Prescott on the Pat McAfee Show
"I love the way he’s playing, like really playing," Rodgers said. "I’m not talking about just like making good throws. It seems more rare where the guys are actually really playing the position where you’re making adjustments. You’re handling everything at the line [of] scrimmage, now you’re doing this crazy cadence stuff. I love it. And I just want to shout out Dak for really impressing me."
Say what you will about Rodgers' personal beliefs and infatuation for the spotlight. He's one of the brightest football minds in the world, so to hear him give Prescott his flowers speaks volumes to the level Dak is playing at right now.
For the season, Prescott is completing 70% of his passes for 2,935 yards and 23 touchdowns to six interceptions. He's second in the NFL in passing touchdowns, QBR, completion rate and passer rating. Those numbers are even more impressive when you recall he's sat out the fourth quarter in multiple games.
It's not a stretch to say Prescott's been the league's best QB for more than half the season. Over his last five games, he's averaging 320.4 passing yards for 17 TDs to just two picks.
Rodgers' praise of Prescott goes beyond the numbers. He's manipulating and dictating coverages with his pre-snap cadence to get receivers open. Beyond throwing seeds all over the field, he's reading the game at an elite level and that's manifested in his MVP-caliber numbers.
Rodgers is one of the NFL's most devastating QBs of all-time at the line of scrimmage, so he clearly appreciative of what Prescott is doing in that regard. The fact Rodgers went off-script to praise Prescott when all Pat McAfee wanted as insight into Dak's "here we go" cadence is the real story here.
Be honest. Who saw this coming?