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QB Dak Prescott - Dallas Cowboys

6-2, 230Born: 7-29-1993College: Mississippi StateDrafted: Round 4

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17 at PHI 15 4 8 37 0 0 1 9 0 0 2.75
19 vs GB 0 24 38 302 3 1 2 13 0 0 27.4

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2016 Week 19 vs GB (24 / 38 / 302 / 3 / 1 pass, 2 / 13 / 0 rush)

Prescott was a focal point of discussion leading up to his first career playoff game. The rookie was up to the task as Dallas trailed immediately giving up an opening drive touchdown and by as many as 18 points (down 21-3) in the mid-second quarter. The game plan was structured around well-defined throws for Prescott early in the game, but the game script changed as Dallas fell behind. While generally accurate, Prescott had a dangerous throw into double coverage for Dez Bryant and airmailed an open Brice Butler to stall another early drive. While Prescott threw an interception - an outstanding defensive read by Micah Hyde on a screen pass - there were other opportunities for turnovers. Prescott again threw into double coverage down the field, this time Terrance Williams, which was misplayed by the defense. Prescott's mobility was a plus trait as both of his scrambles resulted in third down conversions. While rolling left, Prescott made one of his best throws of the game, releasing the ball just before his knee was down to hit Jason Witten for a key first down. When Dallas was down 15 points in the early fourth quarter, Prescott was at his best. He was six-for-six passing on the drive, leading to a must-have touchdown. Later in the frame, Prescott's two-point conversion sneak tied the game with four minutes to play. Prescott did not blink as he and Aaron Rodgers traded scoring drives late in the game. With 93 seconds to play, Dallas needed a field goal to tie. Prescott worked the ball into Green Bay territory quickly, but spiked the ball preemptively, giving up a down and stopping the clock. The saved time ultimately undid Dallas as they tied the game but allowed Aaron Rodgers a few plays to work into field goal range for the win. While Prescott did not notch the win, he performed well and remained on an upward trajectory for 2017 as Dallas will be one of the favorites in the NFC for a strong playoff run.

2016 Week 17 vs PHI (4 / 8 / 37 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / 9 / 0 rush)

Prescott played against the Eagles, but was done by the early second quarter. The rookie was not particularly sharp as Dallas had a preseason feel to their offense from the start. Ezekiel Elliott did not play and Dez Bryant and Jason Witten were not key contributors as in a typical week. Prescott's notable throw was airmailing Cole Beasley on a routine out route. Now with a bye week, Dallas' offense looks to be at full strength for their home playoff game in the divisional round.

2016 Week 16 vs DET (15 / 20 / 212 / 3 / 0 pass, 4 / 35 / 0 rush)

It was another low-volume but high-efficiency game for Prescott this week against Detroit. Prescott threw just 20 passes, his second-lowest total of the season, but had three highlight touchdown passes. Twice he identified Dez Bryant in single coverage, delivering accurate passes into contested windows for long touchdowns. Early in the game, Prescott kicked off the scoring with a seam throw to Brice Butler for another score. Prescott excelled with accuracy this week and had an opportunity for a fourth touchdown as Jason Witten was not looking for a seam pass in the red zone. Prescott was not needed in the fourth quarter as much of his production was centered in the first two and a half quarters, including 71 passing yards on the opening drive of the game alone. Prescott ran effectively, but did take multiple big hits as a runner, an unwelcome sight for a Dallas team with no incentive for wins in the final two weeks of the regular season.

2016 Week 15 vs TB (32 / 36 / 279 / 0 / 0 pass, 4 / 20 / 1 rush)

Prescott enjoyed strong offensive line play on passing downs against Tampa Bay's strong defensive front. Prescott was hyper-accurate and added timely rushing attempts. Prescott's two best runs converted a third-and-long into field goal range and a called quarterback draw at the goal line turned into a walk-in touchdown. Dallas looked to be cruising to a blowout win up 17-3 in the first half, but Prescott needed two strong drives late in the game to pull out the win as Tampa Bay led by late in the third quarter. One of Prescott's few blemishes was taking a sack on the edge of field goal range on the opening drive, turning into a 56-yard miss by Dan Bailey. Prescott is poised to stay hot against Detroit next week, a choice matchup for opposing pass games.

2016 Week 14 vs NYG (17 / 37 / 165 / 1 / 2 pass, 1 / 1 / 0 rush)

Prescott completed less than half his passes against the Giants for the second time this season. The Dallas offensive line continued to show cracks in the foundation as a pass protection unit. The Giants created pressure with four and five rushers, while maintaining tight coverage in the secondary. In addition to more long-yardage situations than most weeks this season, Prescott contributed to Dallas' offensive struggles with inaccurate throws. Prescott was off-target on most intermediate and downfield throws on the day. His lone strike came on a wide open post route to Terrance Williams for Dallas' only touchdown of the game. In addition to his two interceptions, one into double coverage on Dez Bryant, Prescott had a near interception to ice the game with two minutes to play and contributed a fumble in the pocket. Prescott has grown more reactive to pressure in recent weeks and the offensive line has played noticeably worse in clear passing situations. The improved Buccaneers are up next in Week 15.

2016 Week 13 vs MIN (12 / 18 / 139 / 1 / 0 pass, 6 / 37 / 0 rush)

Prescott had his lowest volume game of the season against Minnesota as Dallas offense struggled most of the night. The first three drives were a worst case scenario for the Cowboys, including two three-and-outs and a fumble by Lucky Whitehead. Dallas' offensive line struggled to consistently protect Prescott or pave well-defined running lanes for Ezekiel Elliott. A quality throw by Prescott downfield to Dez Bryant led to a Dallas touchdown, but the up-and-down play continued against Minnesota's stingy defense. In a close game late, Prescott was stripped in the pocket in Dallas territory. A sack killed a fourth quarter drive. Prescott even fumbled a snap on third-and-one with a chance to ice the game. Instead, Dallas had to punt and give Minnesota one last shot to stay in the game. Prescott was asked to do little and Dallas' offensive line struggled from the outset, which condensed the game plan in a low-scoring slugfest. Against the Giants next week more offensive firepower from Prescott and the pass game will be required.

2016 Week 12 vs WAS (17 / 24 / 195 / 1 / 0 pass, 8 / 39 / 1 rush)

Week 12 marked Prescott's first game of the season with less than 200 passing yards. However, Prescott's rushing impact was a key boost to Dallas' offensive attack against Washington. With a lead throughout the game, Prescott was not asked to do much outside of move the chains. In Prescott's most notable throw down the field he missed Brice Butler, who got behind the defense in the end zone. Prescott did deliver in key moments on third down, firing strikes to Cole Beasley and Dez Bryant on occasions to convert long-yardage situations. On the ground is where Prescott excelled this week. He broke a tackle and showed off a stiff arm for a chunk gain into the red zone in the first half. In the fourth quarter, Prescott outran a linebacker for a goal line bootleg touchdown. Later, Prescott iced the game by scrambling for a third down conversion into field goal range. Prescott faces his stiffest test of the season next week, on the road against Minnesota.

2016 Week 11 vs BAL (27 / 36 / 301 / 3 / 0 pass, 2 / 16 / 0 rush)

The Ravens provided strong resistance to Dallas early in the game, forcing four straight punts and stifling the Cowboys typically fast-starting run game and offensive line play. Prescott was hammered on multiple occasions and largely inaccurate as the Cowboys offense fizzled. During the opening span, Prescott should have logged an interception on a misguided throw will rolling left. Midway through the second quarter, Prescott and the offensive line began to adjust and find their rhythm. Prescott's deep sideline pass to Brice Butler sparked the offense into gear. Prescott's pass protection and accuracy improved in phase and Dallas began to roll. The biggest strength of Prescott this season, including Week 11, is largely making the throws required of Dallas' ball control offense. Down the stretch a key play was Prescott rolling out on a third down goal line snap to find Cole Beasley in the front corner of the end zone with pinpoint accuracy. Despite his early inaccuracy, Prescott completed 75% of his passes, the fourth time this season hitting the 75% or better mark. After a slow start (four passing touchdowns in five games), Prescott has multiple passing touchdowns in each of the last five games. Before another stingy defense in Week 13 (Minnesota), Prescott and the Cowboys have a soft defense matchup in Week 12 with division foe Washington.

2016 Week 10 vs PIT (22 / 32 / 319 / 2 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

A close victory could have been a comfortable win against Pittsburgh in Week 10 as Prescott was noticeably inaccurate on a number of intermediate and deeper throws. On the opening drive, Prescott was casual against immediate pressure leading to a fumble lost. While Prescott and Dez Bryant connected on a deep touchdown late in the third quarter to take the lead, the pair misfired on early-game opportunities for impactful plays. Prescott was off-target on a back shoulder throw to Bryant and missed the receiver on a deep in-cut route. Also in the second half, Prescott logged a critical error of taking a third down sack when on the edge of field goal range. As has been the case in multiple games this season, when the game hung in the balance Prescott was at his best. The rookie quarterback led Dallas straight down the field for a touchdown to take the lead with two minutes remaining. This was Prescott's most impressive passing stat line of the season, largely fueled by connecting with Bryant on a long touchdown and perfect blocking on Ezekiel Elliott's 83-yard screen pass score. One of Prescott's stiffest pass defense tests of the season is up next - the Week 11 tilt against Baltimore.

2016 Week 9 vs CLE (21 / 27 / 247 / 3 / 0 pass, 4 / 20 / 0 rush)

Yet again Prescott was sharp in Week 9, responsible for three touchdowns and zero turnovers. Prescott is provided enviable protection from Dallas' at-times dominant offensive line. He was well-protected again against the Browns. The Cowboys coasted to the comfortable win with three touchdown drives in the first half alone. Prescott rarely has to go to his second or third reads on a drop back. His mobility continues to uptick as nearly half his season total of rushing yards (125) has come over the last two games. The lone missing element of Dallas' offensive result was Prescott connecting with Dez Bryant. Prescott targeted Bryant four times, where Bryant dropped a pass and another deep ball was tipped away by a defensive back. The Steelers in Week 10 mark another soft defense for Prescott and the Cowboys offense to exploit.

2016 Week 8 vs PHI (19 / 39 / 287 / 2 / 1 pass, 7 / 38 / 1 rush)

Prescott matched a career high with three total touchdowns in the home win against the Eagles. His 39 passes marked his highest volume since Week 1. Prescott's first half centered around a handful of impact plays through the air to Dez Bryant and on two rushing attempts. Prescott was erratic with his accuracy and reactive to pressure more than previous weeks. He was well-protected in the first half and the Eagles adjusted with more exotic looks and pressure getting home in the second half as Dallas' offense wilted. Prescott's mobility was a key factor to Dallas' offensive success as he ran a read option in the red zone to perfection for a walk-in touchdown. Prescott's interception came in the final two minutes of the first half - a horrible decision throwing into traffic near the goal line over the middle. The turnover took points off the board and marked the second straight game with an interception for the rookie quarterback. In addition to his interception, Prescott should have had a second turnover on an end zone target to Terrance Williams, poorly underthrown and only saved by Williams' offensive pass interference penalty against the defensive back. Prescott's mobility turned into the key element of Dallas victory late in the game with a fourth down sneak conversion into field goal range in overtime and ultimately the game-winning touchdown. Prescott circled in the backfield against pressure before finding Jason Witten wide open for the score to end the game.

2016 Week 6 vs GB (18 / 27 / 247 / 3 / 1 pass, 1 / 6 / 0 rush)

While Prescott logged multiple turnovers, including his first career interception, Dallas secured the road victory over the Packers. The Cowboys offensive line controlled the game with Ezekiel Elliott, limiting Prescott's impact in the game to just 27 passes. Prescott showed more rookie growing pains than any previous game this season. The opening drive saw well-defined reads for Prescott as Dallas drove for a touchdown. However, later in the game Prescott's errors cropped up. Fortunately, Green Bay did not take advantage. Prescott fumbled without contact as he rolled out in field goal. Luckily, Dallas recovered. Prescott missed an open Brice Butler on a third down goal line slant, forcing Dallas to settle for a field goal with the game still in doubt. Later, Prescott threw a critical interception, backed up in Dallas' own end, into a crowded area downfield. Prescott kept the Packers in the game late with those two mistakes with a two-score advantage. The rushing production has still not been there for Prescott as he has checked the ball down to Jason Witten and Cole Beasley rather than use his legs on passing downs.

2016 Week 5 vs CIN (18 / 24 / 227 / 1 / 0 pass, 7 / 4 / 1 rush)

Prescott was in pure game-management mode as Dallas zoomed out to a 21-0 lead late in the first half. His 24 pass attempts marked his low-water mark for the season. As usual Dallas leaned on Ezekiel Elliott and the strong play of the offensive line, keeping Prescott squeaky clean on a heavy majority of the rookie quarterback's drop backs. When needed, however, Prescott made the handful of timely throws to continue drives and provoke big plays through the air. Prescott converted a deep crossing route to Terrance Williams on third down and executed a red zone read option to perfection. A rare pressure moment came when Prescott took a big hit on a third down play in the red zone. He coughed up the ball for his first turnover of the season. Prescott has still not throw an interception on the season, joining Sam Bradford and Brian Hoyer as the only quarterbacks with more than 100 attempts without a turnover through the air. Prescott did throw a near-interception in this game, however, on a poor red zone decision. Despite ideal pass protection, Prescott threw into heavy coverage. Prescott faces his toughest test to-date next week, on the road against the Packers.

2016 Week 4 vs SF (23 / 32 / 245 / 2 / 0 pass, 5 / 3 / 0 rush)

The Cowboys offense was sluggish out of the gate at San Francisco, faced with an early 14-0 deficit. Prescott should have had an interception on a tipped ball at the line of scrimmage plus pulled the ball down on third down leading to a sack within the opening two offensive drives. Prescott was methodical after two empty possessions, however, showing chemistry on his best throws of the game. Prescott marched straight down the field on a first half two-minute drill, capped by hitting Brice Butler on a perfect goal line out route. Prescott also showed accuracy into a small window with a back shoulder throw to Terrance Williams for a first half touchdown. Dallas' offensive line paved the way to a strong rushing performance (more than 175 yards from Ezekiel Elliott and Alfred Morris combined) as Dallas was able to salt the game away late mainly on the ground. For the third straight game Prescott completed at least 70% of his passes. The schedule gets far more difficult the next two weeks against Cincinnati and Green Bay before Dallas' bye week.

2016 Week 3 vs CHI (19 / 24 / 248 / 1 / 0 pass, 4 / 36 / 1 rush)

Prescott was in his element in the comfortable win over the Bears. Throwing the ball just 24 times, Prescott used his mobility more than the first two weeks of the season combined. Prescott took a big hit on a goal line sneak, but was successful. He also broke a tackle, scrambling for a third down conversion. Prescott enjoyed a comfortable pocket on most of his drop backs and was more accurate throughout the game than previous weeks. In addition to Prescott's first NFL touchdown pass, a red zone post route to Dez Bryant, Prescott nearly converted a long sideline route to Brice Butler as a highlight play left on the field. With a 24-3 halftime lead, Dallas took their foot off the gas for much of the second half. Prescott's progression in accuracy and adding his mobility into the equation this week were significant strides to his overall acumen. Prescott is up to 66% completion rate for the season after a ho-hum start in Week 1.

2016 Week 2 vs WAS (22 / 30 / 292 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / 6 / 1 rush)

Prescott was solid once again in Week 2, this time leading Dallas to the road divisional win against Washington. While he did not turn the ball over, Prescott had a near interception on a red zone pass towards Jason Witten. The pass was tipped as Prescott forced the ball into heavy traffic. Prescott leaned on Dez Bryant for big plays, consistently finding his lead receiver accurately on deep in-cut routes. Prescott was at his best in the key moments and aided by play-calling conducive to success. Prescott used play-action to convert an early fourth down to a sparsely-used Geoff Swaim. Prescott used his legs in the red zone to scramble for a touchdown and take a second half lead. Beyond the box score, Prescott had a 15-yard rush on third-and-10 called back by penalty.

2016 Week 1 vs NYG (25 / 45 / 227 / 0 / 0 pass, 2 / 12 / 0 rush)

Prescott made his first NFL start against Giants. The pass protection was solid and the game plan pointed to a conservative approach and a high percentage of throws within 10 yards of the line of scrimmage. Prescott was largely accurate in the early part of the game, managing his way to three drives of 10 or more plays in the first half. However, all three drives stalled in field goal range for a paltry nine points. When forced to push the ball downfield in the fourth quarter, Prescott's accuracy became scattershot. Prescott missed a critical deep out route to Terrance Williams on third down with five minutes to play. Dallas had the ball, down a single point, with a minute remaining. Prescott missed Jason Witten on the drive, and then a costly decision by Terrance Williams in the closing seconds to turn upfield instead of out of bounds drained the clock. Prescott did not use his legs much and showed plenty of rookie rawness in terms of accuracy in the key moments.


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