The Dallas Cowboys have been handled to an all-around nice efficiency of their 31-14 Wild Card efficiency in opposition to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In case you take away the erratic extra-point-kicking adventures of Brett Maher, there may be little or no to be upset about on this recreation. It was a whole group effort.
However one participant who stood out above the remaining on this one was Dak Prescott. After a tumultuous season the place he’s had some excessive highs and a few low lows, the notion of how good he’s has been everywhere this 12 months. He led the NFL with 15 interceptions this season which is surprising contemplating he missed 5 video games this 12 months. Sure analysts, soccer pundits, and followers have come to consider that Prescott is simply not an excellent quarterback.
The truth is, Dak is an efficient quarterback. Superb actually. There isn’t any denying he hasn’t performed properly down the stretch, however these moments shouldn’t act as some kind of Males in Black neuralyzer gadget that wipes your reminiscence clear of all the nice performs he’s made in recent times. However simply in case you had forgotten, Prescott did his finest to remind you that he’s nonetheless a drive to be reckoned with on this league.
Prescott’s efficiency was improbable on so many ranges. First off, his reads have been nice as he had an thought of the place he was going with the soccer earlier than the ball was snapped. Credit score Kellen Moore and the offensive workers for some very nice play designs that tripped up the Bucs’ coverages, however Dak’s skill to see the sector was first-rate. So many occasions Prescott was decisive with the soccer. There have been nonetheless loads of tight-window throws, however Dak was fast to place his foot within the floor and ship a strike earlier than the protection might shut down his receiver.
Even when his first learn wasn’t there, Prescott did an amazing job working by way of his progressions and discovering the open man. When the Bucs stayed again, Prescott took the better, shorter stuff. When there was area downfield, Dak let it rip. His recognition of the open area within the secondary mixed with wonderful ball placement made him very exhausting to cease. His footwork was spectacular and his decision-making was close to excellent. Briefly, he was phenomenal.
After beginning the sport with two-straight three-and-outs, he then led the offense to 4 straight landing drives of 80 yards or extra. In all of them, Dak had the landing whether or not it was by way of the air or on the bottom. In reality, what he achieved on Monday evening had solely been achieved thrice earlier than within the playoffs.
Dak seemed extraordinarily snug within the pocket. After being sacked on the Cowboys’ second possession of the sport, Prescott was by no means sacked once more. He stood within the pocket like a champ and delivered strikes. When he felt issues closing in, he bolted. Because it was elimination time, we knew Dak was not going to carry again and use his legs when wanted, and on Monday evening, he did precisely that.
When Prescott performs properly, the advantages are plentiful as his robust efficiency has a trickle-down impact. Longer drives enable the protection extra relaxation. Everyone knows Micah Parsons is a full-throttle participant, so any additional relaxation is useful. Getting forward narrows the opposing group’s recreation plan. When the Cowboys put their opponents in a bind, the sport will get simpler. Would you consider that out of Tom Brady’s 383 whole profession NFL video games (together with playoffs) by no means has he thrown the ball extra occasions (66) than he did in opposition to the Cowboys on Monday evening? Good issues occur while you make your opponent one-dimensional.
Whereas this can be a good option to kick off the postseason, there are more durable obstacles that lie forward, however having a quarterback enjoying like this will increase the Cowboys’ probabilities significantly. When the Cowboys’ offense is buzzing like this, they’re going to be exhausting to beat. Each San Francisco and Philadelphia, if it involves that, will current more durable challenges, however Prescott enjoying at this degree provides Dallas pretty much as good an opportunity as anybody in these playoffs. Every week in the past, issues seemed slightly dimmer, however now with an MVP-caliber efficiency beneath Dak’s belt, a brand new hope has been delivered to Cowboys Nation.