The Dallas Cowboys managed to overcome a dreadful performance from their defense, which admittedly came up with big stops late, to defeat the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday Night Football. While the defense delivered when it mattered, the Cowboys don't come close to winning this game if not for Dak Prescott.
For the fifth straight game, Prescott was masterful. He finished 29-of-42 for 299 yards and three touchdowns. He would've thrown for five touchdowns if not for drops by Tony Pollard and CeeDee Lamb in the second half.
Trailing 35-27 in the fourth quarter, Prescott authored two straight scoring drives. That deficit would've been overcome sooner if not for Lamb's drop ... that Prescott fit in the tightest of windows between three Seahawks defenders.
With this performance, Prescott cemented himself as the MVP favorite over fellow QBs Jalen Hurts and Patrick Mahomes.
Cowboys QB Dak Prescott stamps case as MVP favorite with comeback win on TNF
Fans in Dallas have been beating the Prescott MVP agenda for weeks now. He's been the best quarterback in the NFL for more than half the season -- maybe the full season, Week 5 loss vs the 49ers notwithstanding -- and delivered another MVP-level performance on Thursday.
In one game, Prescott debunked all of the narratives that are used against him in the MVP conversation. He beat a team with a winning record. He delivered in the clutch. He won despite not playing with a lead. He overcame his supposed elite defense wetting itself against a previous anemic Seattle offense. And he did it all without turning the football over.
Again, what more does the guy have to do?
Over his last seven games, Prescott is completing 70% of his passes for 2,173 yards with 23 total touchdowns and two interceptions. The Cowboys are 6-1 during that stretch. In that one loss (vs the Eagles) he outplayed Jalen Hurts and Dallas was mere inches away from pulling out the road win.
We get it. Close doesn't count in the NFL, but no human is playing the quarterback position better than Prescott right now. It's been that way for two months. Tonight's stats haven't been accounted for, but he now leads the league in touchdown passes, is second in QBR and first in QBR vs man, the blitz, on third down and outside the pocket.
More importantly, he kept the Cowboys alive in the NFC East race with a mammoth rematch against the Eagles next week in Dallas. Regardless of the outcome of that game, Prescott stamped his case as the MVP favorite Thursday.