QB Dak Prescott - Dallas Cowboys
|6-2, 230||Born: 7-29-1993||College: Mississippi State||Drafted: Round 4, pick 2016|
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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 3): Prescott didn't put up a huge game in the win over the Saints, but he didn't have to and he was highly efficient along the way. He'll face suspect pass defenses the rest of the way.
Week 14: vs Philadelphia Eagles
FBG says: Good matchup. The Cowboys have been a different passing offense in the month since acquiring Amari Cooper. Dak Prescott has just one interception over the five games, Michael Gallup has emerged as more of a vertical presence shifting to a secondary role, and Amari Cooper has converted numerous key third downs and big plays with his route running and separation skills. Dallas has enjoyed a favorable stretch of passing matchups of late, including the Eagles back in Week 10, which they exploited for 270 yards through the air, their third-highest mark of the season. Cole Beasley has devolved into a situational target and the tight end position has been a glaring hole for Dallas all season, 29th in the NFL in tight end receiving yards as a team with only one touchdown. Tyron Smith is projected to return in Week 14, a shot in the arm for a Dallas offensive line which has allowed an NFL-high 45 sacks on the season. The Eagles pass defense has been a weak spot for most of the season as they have been decimated by injuries on the year as they have four cornerbacks on injured reserve (Ronald Darby, Sidney Jones, Jalen Mills, and Avonte Maddox) leaving just Rasul Douglas as a top-five corner on this team. They are in the bottom-5 in passing plays allowed of 20 yards or more. Turnovers have been a struggle for the Eagles to force with just nine combined interceptions and fumbles, second lowest in the NFL. Excluding last week where Mark Sanchez replaced Colt McCoy, the Eagles have allowed 250 yards or more in every game but one this season.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs QB 1, QB 12, QB 24
Dak Prescott's percentile rank in each category, among QB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2018 Week 13 vs NO (24 / 28 / 248 / 1 / 0 pass, 5 / 22 / 0 rush)
Prescott secured the home win over the Saints, posting an efficient stat line. However, Prescott withered in key moments, leaving the game in doubt despite an outstanding effort by the Dallas defense. Prescott airmailed his most important throw of the game, a wide open Michael Gallup down the sideline, which would have iced the game in the closing minutes. Prescott also took key sacks on third down and lost a fumble in the red zone late in the fourth quarter, another chance to essentially end the game. On the plus side, Prescott made the most of his rushing opportunities with two key scrambles for first downs, breaking multiple tackles for a third down conversion on his highlight run. The critical games continue next week against the Eagles, a suspect secondary where Prescott will get a chance at redemption on downfield throws.
2018 Week 12 vs WAS (22 / 31 / 289 / 2 / 0 pass, 6 / 18 / 1 rush)
Prescott played a clean game, his third straight effort without a turnover, and benefitted from quick throws and quality pass protection. Sacks stalled two drives, but Prescott also kept drives alive with his mobility and play making. Prescott's highlight plays including a completion to Michael Gallup on third down while being dragged down by a defender and later eluding two rushers, scrambling for a goal line touchdown to nearly ice the game in the fourth quarter. Prescott faces a mammoth task next week with a duel against Drew Brees and the red hot Saints in Dallas as the Cowboys push for a divisional title.
2018 Week 11 vs ATL (22 / 32 / 208 / 0 / 0 pass, 4 / 5 / 1 rush)
Prescott was in ball control mode against Atlanta, avoiding turnovers and making key plays with his arm and as a rusher. Prescott converted two key read option rushes, one for a goal line touchdown and another on third-and-short in the fourth quarter, carrying a linebacker for additional yardage. Prescott avoided negative plays for most of the game, including saving a sack with a dump-off pass to Geoff Swaim as he was being dragged down by a pass rusher. Prescott's best throw of the game came on Dallas' game-winning field goal drive, setting up the offense in scoring range. After shifting to his left, Prescott floated an accurate pass across his body to an open Cole Beasley for a chunk gain.
2018 Week 10 vs PHI (26 / 36 / 270 / 1 / 0 pass, 6 / 9 / 1 rush)
Prescott shook off early-game inaccuracy for a poised finish and a road divisional win against the Eagles. Prescott did not turn the ball over, but should have had an interception on an out route into heavy coverage. Also, Prescott took a key red zone sack on third down as Dallas moved the ball but stalled for two first half field goals. Prescott dialed in intermediate throws in the second half, plus timely mobility moments. Two missed opportunities for Prescott were an overthrow of Amari Cooper with separation on a deep sideline route and missing Cole Beasley on a third down out route of note. Atlanta and Washington the next two weeks offer quality matchups for Dallas' passing game to continue their solid performances.
2018 Week 9 vs TEN (21 / 31 / 243 / 2 / 1 pass, 2 / 11 / 0 rush)
Despite a solid completion rate by the box score, Prescott missed too many throws and absorbed critical pressure on obvious passing downs in the home loss to Tennessee. Prescott made many of the routine throws within 15 yards of the line of scrimmage, but his glaring misses came in high-leverage situations. Prescott overthrew Amari Cooper and Cole Beasley on separate occasions in the end zone to thwart a promising opening drive (ultimately a missed field) and Prescott logged an ugly end zone interception late to a double-covered Cooper, forcing the ball into a no-win situation. As the game progressed, Prescott held the ball too long, was pressured into sacks and a lost fumble on third downs, and did not make his typical impact as a runner. His first rhythm as a passer came with less than five minutes to play in the game and down by two touchdowns. Even in catch-up mode, Prescott's end to the game was appropriately being pressured into throwing the ball out of the end zone on fourth down. The addition of Amari Cooper was noteworthy as Cooper's separation created a handful of defined throws for Prescott, but the Eagles and Falcons on the road over the next two weeks offer stiff NFC tests for Prescott and the offense to score far more than the 14 points this week.
2018 Week 7 vs WAS (22 / 35 / 273 / 1 / 0 pass, 6 / 33 / 1 rush)
Prescott threw a season-high 35 passes and contributed another six rushes as Prescott had to be the centerpiece of the offense against Washington. Ezekiel Elliott and the run game was stuffed the entire game to minimal yardage, putting the weight of any potential victory on Prescott's shoulders and legs. While not logging any interceptions through the air, Prescott did lose two fumbles, both at critical moments. Prescott was stripped on a fourth-and-one sneak at midfield early in the game and again at his own goal line, where Washington recovered for a back-breaking touchdown in the fourth quarter. This was arguably Prescott's best passing game of the season on the plus side, although in a losing effort. Prescott made a perfect throw on a long touchdown to Michael Gallup, hitting the rookie receiver in stride. Prescott also was at his best in comeback mode when down 10 points in the final five minutes, driving the field for a touchdown and then positioning the offense for a tying field goal in the closing seconds. Prescott converted clutch throws to Blake Jarwin on fourth down to stay alive plus a deep out route to a contested Cole Beasley while pressured. While ultimately losing the game, Prescott showed well in comeback mode and elevating the level of his receiving weapons instead of letting them weigh him down like in previous weeks.
2018 Week 6 vs JAX (17 / 27 / 183 / 2 / 0 pass, 11 / 82 / 1 rush)
Prescott did not need a high-level passing day to defeat the Jaguars, but made a number of plays with his legs en route to a career-best rushing performance. Prescott scored on a red zone quarterback keeper as well as eluding rushers in the pocket on numerous occasions. Prescott was fortunate on one scramble where he fumbled only to have the ball bounce right back up to him without breaking stride for a first down conversion. Prescott had a number of quality throws, but it was an up-and-down day through the air with glaring overthrows of Allen Hurns and a potential long touchdown to Tavon Austin. The chemistry with Cole Beasley was pronounced as Prescott made arguably his best throw of the game with a rusher in his face, finding Beasley for the chunk gain.
2018 Week 5 vs HOU (18 / 29 / 208 / 1 / 2 pass, 6 / 34 / 0 rush)
Prescott was a limiting element for Dallas' offense against Houston. While his mobility was a net positive, both as a runner and escaping pocket pressure, his glaring misses as a passer stood out as Dallas' run game was stuck in neutral most of the game. Prescott's mistakes were all over the map with throws behind Allen Hurns and Tavon Austin as well as key overthrows of Cole Beasley and Deonte Thompson. Prescott's playmaking was more impressive than his traditional in-rhythm throws as he escaped from Jadeveon Clowney on multiple occasions to prevent sacks, including breaking two tackles and throw across his body on a deep completion to Tavon Austin and another flipping a pass to Ezekiel Elliott to prevent a sack. The biggest roadblock for Prescott has been passing on third down and the lack of wide receiver separation and offensive line protection in those settings. Prescott made a handful of positive plays on scrambles, but Dallas remains a struggling offense when asked to win in obvious passing situations.
2018 Week 4 vs DET (17 / 27 / 255 / 2 / 0 pass, 3 / 2 / 0 rush)
It was an up-and-down game for Prescott against the Lions. While averaging more than nine yards-per-attempt through the air, Prescott missed a few critical opportunities to break the game open at various points. Prescott had overthrown passes of Michael Gallup (deep end zone), Geoff Swaim (end zone), Rico Gathers (end zone), and a should-have-been interception towards Gallup all tarnish is solid 255 yards and two-touchdown performance. Two scoring drives were vanquished by Prescott mistakes as well, taking a sack on the edge of field goal range on third down and later stalling at the goal line where a field goal left the game instead of putting the game away. On the positive side, after all the mistakes, Prescott led a potential season-changing drive down the field for the game-winning field goal with less than two minutes to play. Prescott's highlight moment came on a perfect deep go route to Ezekiel Elliott as Dallas positioned itself for the field goal.
2018 Week 3 vs SEA (19 / 34 / 168 / 1 / 2 pass, 2 / 21 / 0 rush)
Prescott struggled from the outset against Seattle. The game plan was conservative and Prescott struggled to maintain any drives. Prescott was off-target on his first notable downfield attempt, a deep out towards Michael Gallup and misfired on another third down even though he eludes a rusher to keep the play alive. Dallas did not cross midfield until the mid-second quarter. Prescott totaled a mere 40 passing yards and an interception in the first half. Already down by multiple touchdowns, Prescott showed faint signs of life in the second half with a third down conversion to Allen Hurns into field goal range, but it quickly vanquished with a third down sack in the red down. Dallas struggled throughout the game protecting Prescott on obvious passing downs. In pure catch-up mode in the fourth quarter, Prescott led a touchdown drive, but the momentum was short lived as Prescott pressed the envelope with a throw into middle-of-the-field traffic, which was tipped and intercepted to cease any comeback effort.
2018 Week 2 vs NYG (16 / 25 / 160 / 1 / 0 pass, 7 / 45 / 0 rush)
Prescott got off to a rousing start against the Giants, on point to a wide open Tavon Austin for a long touchdown to open the game. This was not a sign of things to come for the Cowboys passing game, however, as the team passed for less than 100 yards the rest of the game. While Prescott is typically careful with the football, he still almost threw two interceptions, one on a deep end zone target to a blanketed Cole Beasley. The best contribution from Prescott came as a runner, where the read option came back to Dallas' offensive design with four successful plays for chunk gains during the game. Prescott also added a fourth-and-short sneak conversion on the ground. The offensive line crumbled on obvious passing situations, a growing concern for a Dallas passing game lacking a go-to receiving target to move the sticks. The Lions in Week 4 offer a potential 'get well' matchup for Dallas on offense, but venturing to Seattle next week offers a stiff test compared to this week.
2018 Week 1 vs CAR (19 / 29 / 170 / 0 / 0 pass, 5 / 19 / 0 rush)
Prescott got off to a sluggish start to the season against Carolina. Independent of Prescott being largely inaccurate on any throws but outlet targets near the line of scrimmage, the perimeter wide receivers offers Prescott little in terms of separation and winning one-on-one matchups to clarify Prescott's throwing windows. Held scoreless until the fourth quarter, Prescott had a myriad of passing errors from overthrowing Allen Hurns on a deep route to Rod Smith when setting up a screen, which was well blocked, to underthrowing Blake Jarwin down the field on third down. While Dallas was within reach entire the game, the margin could have easily been in blowout zone. There was finally some momentum and rhythm to Dallas' offense when they shifted to no-huddle in the fourth quarter. Prescott's best moments came on a comeback route to Deonte Thompson and a red zone scramble for a critical third down conversion on their lone scoring drive of the game. On their last gasp effort, Prescott threw behind a wide open Michael Gallup on a crossing route and the offensive line struggled to protect Prescott.
Latest NewsCowboys | Dak Prescott has career afternoon (Sun Dec 9, 10:20 PM) - Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott completed 42-of-54 passes for a career-high 455 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions in the Week 14 against the Philadelphia Eagles. He is the first Cowboys QB to pass for at least 400 yards since Tony Romo back on Dec. 23, 2012. link to story Cowboys | Dak Prescott dissects Saints (Thu Nov 29, 11:33 PM) - Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott completed 24 of his 28 passes for 248 yards and a touchdown and rushed five times for 22 yards in a 13-10 win over the New Orleans Saints in Week 13. Our View: Prescott didn't have a big fantasy night, but he was safe and efficient with the ball on his passes and did enough for the Cowboys to win over the underrated Saints defense. He'll be a better play against the Eagles next week.
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