QB Dak Prescott - Dallas Cowboys
|6-2, 230||Born: 7-29-1993||College: Mississippi State||Drafted: Round 4, pick 2016|
2019 Week 1 vs NYG (25 / 32 / 405 / 4 / 0 pass, 4 / 12 / 0 rush)
Prescott posted a career day, completing nearly 80% of his passes for more than 400 yards and four scores against the overmatched Giants defense. Prescott's biggest progression from previously in his career was his accuracy on intermediate and deep passes, an unlocked area of his game. Prescott drove the field for two touchdown drives in the first 20 minutes of the game and the rout was on against the divisional opponent. Prescott found Michael Gallup on a tight window in-cut throw and a perfect deep throw versus the blitz as Dallas warmed early in the game. Later, Amari Cooper was the target on two on-point deep throws and Prescott also found Blake Jarwin and Randall Cobb down the seam for a touchdown each. Prescott did not even utilize his rushing ability much (12 yards, only one third-down keeper to convert) which has been a staple of his game to-date. The Cowboys get Washington in Week 2, who were boat-raced after staked to an early lead against the Eagles in Week 1.
2019 Week 2 vs WAS (26 / 30 / 269 / 3 / 1 pass, 5 / 69 / 0 rush)
Prescott's follow-up to his career day (405 yards, four touchdowns) in Week 1 was an 87% completion rate, three more scores, and adding his commonplace impact as a runner. Prescott's interception, his first of the season, was due to a drop by Randall Cobb, tipped into the air. Prescott used all parts of the field against Washington, including a deep post touchdown to new weapon Devin Smith and several rushing forays like his 40-yard zone read scamper. Two of Prescott's mere four incompletions against Washington were a should-have-been interception on a rollout near the goal line and missing a long touchdown opportunity to Michael Gallup as Prescott threw it over the wrong shoulder of Gallup. Prescott looks to continue his hot start against the struggling (putting it mildly) Miami Dolphins in Week 3.
2019 Week 3 vs MIA (19 / 32 / 246 / 2 / 1 pass, 2 / 7 / 1 rush)
Prescott did not need his 'A' game against the Dolphins for the comfortable win. However, his accuracy left something to be desired. Prescott forced the ball into two near-impossible windows, one turning into an easy interception and the other tipped and could have been a turnover on a red zone throw to Jason Witten. Despite a fast start with wide open throws for 30+ yards to Amari Cooper and Jason Witten, Dallas was only up 10-6 at the half. Prescott was aided significantly by a dominant Dallas run game effort against Miami, but Prescott did add a red zone rushing score and two strong throws in the second half as the Cowboys pulled away for the comfortable home win. After three relatively toothless opponents to begin the season, Dallas gets their first significant test in Week 4, a road matchup against the Saints.
2019 Week 4 vs NO (22 / 33 / 223 / 0 / 1 pass, 1 / 7 / 0 rush)
Prescott faced a stiff Saints defense and failed to produce impact plays for the first time this season. Prescott was a non-factor on the ground and made only a handful of quality throws. Prescott did find Jason Witten on a deep out as Prescott was hit and delivered a perfect seam pass to Blake Jarwin for more than 30 yards. Down by two points, Prescott had a two-minute drive to win the game but took a critical sack to start the drive and sap the clock, limiting Dallas to a last gasp Hail Mary throw, which was intercepted, from midfield.
2019 Week 5 vs GB (27 / 44 / 463 / 2 / 3 pass, 4 / 27 / 0 rush)
Prescott was bold and decisive against the Packers with his decision-making and aggressive throws to the intermediate and deeper zones of the field. While Dallas' defense allowing consistent scoring drives through the first half did not help matters, Prescott took key sacks to siphon scoring opportunities in or near field goal range on multiple first-half occasions and two of his three interceptions were poor throws or questionable-at-best decisions and another throw should have been a turnover. Prescott did make a number of key throws for Dallas to even be in the game in the fourth quarter of comeback mode, including a perfect pass to a blanketed Amari Cooper down the sideline, 50/50 ball to Michael Gallup, and floating ball to Cooper in double coverage. Prescott added multiple broken tackles on one scramble and a third-down conversion on another despite not having his typical red zone acumen on the ground this week. The Jets offer an optimal 'get well' matchup in Week 6 after losses in back-to-back games.
2019 Week 6 vs NYJ (28 / 40 / 277 / 0 / 0 pass, 3 / 11 / 1 rush)
Prescott battled through adversity in the road loss to the Jets amidst offensive line and Amari Cooper injuries. Prescott avoided turnovers, but every yard was a tough one and his opportunities for big play were minimal. Prescott found the end zone on a red zone quarterback draw late in the game but was also stuffed on a fourth-down keeper earlier in the contest. Prescott converted a must-have play in the mid-fourth quarter, a stick throw to a covered Jason Witten on third-and-long, amidst generally operating from a muddy pocket to make big throws. Prescott had a near interception on a deep overthrow but kept his team in the game despite non-optimal conditions. Amari Cooper's injury status, as well as the offensive line, is a major question mark heading into Week 7 against the Eagles, a potential get-well matchup for the passing game.
2019 Week 7 vs PHI (21 / 27 / 239 / 1 / 1 pass, 5 / 30 / 1 rush)
Prescott lead the Cowboys to the easy home win over the Eagles. On several occasions, Prescott made impact plays through the air with his full collection of weapons healthy, including Amari Cooper. Prescott found Cooper on a deep target for more than 40 yards and later did the same into a small window for more than 20 yards down the sideline. Prescott added production on the ground, including a play-action rollout touchdown at the goal line to essentially ice the game in the fourth quarter, and a third-down conversion on another occasion. Dallas' offense was rarely stopped on offense but Prescott was the cause on two occasions as he was stripped in the pocket on a sack and later threw an interception deep in the end zone into double coverage to keep Philadelphia marginally in the game late in the second half.
2019 Week 9 vs NYG (22 / 35 / 257 / 3 / 1 pass, 3 / 12 / 0 rush)
Prescott's clunky start paralleled that of the Dallas team early against the Giants to keep New York in the game. Prescott's first throw of the game was intercepted by a ball-hawking safety in the slant route path and Prescott also fumbled a snap in the red zone. Prescott found his rhythm as the game progressed, fueling yards-after-catch long touchdowns to Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup. Prescott had a fourth touchdown, a floating pass to Randall Cobb, called back by penalty. Prescott's mobility was prevalent this week including breaking the rush and finding Blake Jarwin down the sideline for a long touchdown and converting a third down with a scramble on another occasion. Prescott will be tested next week with a much better Minnesota defense than the up-and-down Giants unit this week.
2019 Week 10 vs MIN (28 / 46 / 397 / 3 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Prescott threw a season-high 46 passes in the home loss against the Vikings. Prescott rarely is a non-factor as a runner but Prescott had zero rushing attempts, making plays beyond the pocket through the air instead of on the ground. Prescott's interception came on a last-second hail mary attempt, but he should have had another earlier in the game on a late throw towards Amari Cooper on the sideline. The pair of Prescott and Cooper were borderline unstoppable all game, however, as they connected on multiple small window sideline throws with Cooper at full extension and Prescott hyper accurate. Prescott made several impressive throws rolling left, finding Amari Cooper on one occasion and a perfect throw to Blake Jarwin on another. Prescott has an exploitable Detroit matchup up next.
2019 Week 11 vs DET (29 / 46 / 444 / 3 / 0 pass, 6 / 18 / 0 rush)
Prescott enjoyed a third game this season over 400 passing yards against the exploitable Detroit defense. Prescott had a clean performance with no turnovers, posting 35 points on offense, but did have two mistakes with a red zone sack and a near-interception on an early third down. While they dominated the game at times on offense, the Lions were within reach due to empty drives. Prescott targeted Michael Gallup and Randall Cobb with ease throughout the game as Amari Cooper was dinged up and shadowed by Detroit's lone defender of note, Darius Slay. Prescott found Gallup on a perfect deep ball for a long gain and a post touchdown to Cobb during an impressive close to the first half, including 322 total yards for Dallas. Prescott enjoyed great protection overall by the offensive line and a rare pressure in the second half resulted in Prescott shedding a tackle attempt for a dump-off completion. Prescott's rushing stat line was muted against the Lions but did add a notable third-down run to convert and a red zone scramble down to the goal line.
2019 Week 12 vs NE (19 / 33 / 212 / 0 / 1 pass, 1 / 4 / 0 rush)
Prescott transitioned from no glove to wearing a throwing-hand glove late in the first half. Prescott struggled mightily in the cold, wet, and windy conditions in New England before the change, including an interception behind a crossing Amari Cooper to stake the Patriots to an early lead. Prescott's positive influence on the game was limited to a handful of moments as the run game and playing field position were foundational elements of the low-scoring contest. Prescott made a power deep in-cut throw to Michael Gallup and a tight window throw to Randall Cobb for big plays as Dallas attempted to comeback from an early deficit. However, a near interception on a red zone rollout and a reviewed (and overturned) fourth down blitz-beating throw to Amari Cooper held back Dallas from tying or taking the lead late in the game.
2019 Week 13 vs BUF (32 / 49 / 355 / 2 / 1 pass, 4 / 25 / 0 rush)
Prescott threw the ball a season-high 49 times in the home Thanksgiving loss to Buffalo. Prescott was on point early, posting an opening drive touchdown with strong throws to Amari Cooper on multiple occasions and finishing with a rollout touchdown to Jason Witten. However, turnovers were the theme of the game for Dallas until a garbage time touchdown, with a fumble lost in the pocket and an ugly interception right to a defender on a screen pass design to set up Buffalo. Prescott converted a fourth-and-one sneak as Dallas was bold at their own 20-yard-line in the first half. Prescott threw another interception, but it was negated by penalty. Finally, Prescott missed a wide-open Ezekiel Elliott in the flat on fourth down in the red zone with the game still in doubt. The schedule does not ease up for the playoff-seeking Cowboys next week in Chicago.
2019 Week 14 vs CHI (27 / 49 / 334 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / 1 / 0 rush)
A poor-tackling and missed turnover opportunities from the Dallas defense were heavy contributors to a clunky Dallas loss in Chicago. The offense disappeared in the middle two quarters of the game with pocket pressure and untimely sacks but rebounded with Dak Prescott posting several impressive throws and two scoring drives to force an onside kick in the closing seconds and potential hail mary heave. Ezekiel Elliott was a steady chain-mover on their long touchdown drive to open the game but was rarely involved until deep in the second half as Dallas struggled to extend drives.
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 14 vs PHI (42 / 54 / 455 / 3 / 2 pass, 4 / 2 / 0 rush)
Prescott threw 54 passes in the overtime win over Philadelphia, by far his most of the season where he threw 36 passes in Week 10 against the Eagles, his previous high. Prescott was a mixed bag of good and bad from the pocket where ball security continues to be an issue and questionable accuracy and decision-making creeps into his game regularly as a passer. Even with two interceptions to his record, two more were possible in the game with a floating deep ball into coverage and a tipped pass at the goal line, which was fortunately missed by the defensive back and corralled by Amari Cooper for the overtime-winning touchdown. Prescott lost a fumble on the fringe of field goal range on third down and overthrew and open Michael Gallup on two deep passes, one to potentially ice the game on a critical third down. Prescott had a 10-yard scramble called back by penalty and was stuffed on a third-and-goal keeper. Prescott's three passing touchdowns are a season high, as well as his 454 yards, but the performance maintained the questions about Prescott as a passer despite the much-needed home win.
2018 Week 15 vs IND (24 / 39 / 206 / 0 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Dallas got down early and never challenged the Colts offensively. Prescott was rarely comfortable in the pocket as Prescott made a myriad of errors from holding the ball too long to inaccuracy to receivers not helping Prescott. The typically mobile Prescott did not log a rushing attempt for the first time all season and his best throw of the game, a rollout touchdown opportunity to Jamize Olawale was dropped at the goal line. It was downhill from that early moment as Prescott airmailed an open Amari Cooper, gave up a field goal opportunity with an ill-timed sack, and a tipped interception icing the game in the fourth quarter as notable plays. Prescott gets a quality matchup to rebound in Week 16 with the suspect Tampa Bay defense heading to Dallas.
2018 Week 16 vs TB (20 / 25 / 161 / 1 / 0 pass, 4 / 2 / 1 rush)
While Prescott's stat line looks like his efficient ball-controlling efforts of the past, he missed most of his best opportunities for a positive impact through the air. Prescott should have had an interception on an early-game throw, airmailed Michael Gallup on a wide open third down, and also missed Blake Jarwin on a wide open third down later in the game on the fringe of field goal range. Prescott did get back to being a running threat in the red zone, logging a keeper touchdown from short range, his first rushing score in a month. Prescott's highlight throw was a deep sideline connection into a small window to Michael Gallup for more than 30 yards, a significant chuck of his otherwise muted passing performance.
2018 Week 17 vs NYG (27 / 44 / 387 / 4 / 0 pass, 4 / 0 / 0 rush)
Prescott got off to a bumpy start with a should-have-been interception throw and another near-interception as he faded back in the pocket. However, the game turned into a strong one for Prescott in the victory with a hot second half and finding a strong tight end presence in Blake Jarwin, for the first time all season. Prescott's strong stat line could have been even better if not for misfiring to a wide open Amari Cooper, throwing outside instead of inside, on a sure-fire touchdown. With Seattle's defense headed to Dallas next week in the playoffs, Prescott will need a more consistent performance in terms of accuracy and ball placement.
2018 Week 18 vs SEA (22 / 33 / 226 / 1 / 1 pass, 6 / 29 / 1 rush)
While Dallas collected the playoff win, Prescott had a scattershot passing performance especially on intermediate and deeper throws. Prescott collected stats in the first half with routine underneath throws, but missed the big play opportunities, including a wild misfire on an end zone fade towards Michael Gallup and later towards Noah Brown, which was tipped and intercepted in scoring range. Despite the passing struggles on impact plays, Prescott's rushing ability proved integral to Dallas' success down the stretch. Prescott nearly scored on a red zone keeper (ruled down at the one-yard line) and converted a third-and-long, down to the goal line, in the closing minutes. Prescott later churned in on a goal line sneak to essentially ice the game.
2018 Week 19 vs LAR (20 / 32 / 266 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / 3 / 1 rush)
Prescott played one of his better games of the season, coming in a losing effort against the Rams. With little help from the run game, Prescott only had two poor throws in the game - fortunately one of them was a dropped interception which would have likely gone for a pick-six touchdown. Prescott was in play-maker mode as Dallas fell behind and needed a comeback to make the result in doubt for the closing minutes. Prescott's highlights included a must-have fourth down keeper to convert late in the fourth quarter, a goal line touchdown on the ground, plus extending a play and hitting Michael Gallup on a huge gain down to the one-yard-line in a critical point. Prescott enters the offseason with the key pieces around him all under contract outside of Cole Beasley and chemistry built over the second half of the season with Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup.
2017 Week 1 vs NYG (24 / 39 / 268 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / 24 / 0 rush)
While Prescott gets credit for the win, his game was up-and-down against the Giants. Little was required of the passing game outside of a few third down conversions due to the Giants' offensive futility. However, Prescott accuracy waned on bigger throws, specifically deep routes and end zone looks to Dez Bryant, resulting in field goals instead of touchdowns on the board. Prescott's game was not without highlight moments as his deep connection with Brice Butler down the sideline marked one of the better throws of Week 1 for any quarterback. Prescott was situational with his rushing, including a scramble of 15+ yards late in the first half to move into field goal range. Prescott, for such a mobile quarterback, was primarily a rock-and-fire pocket quarterback in this game.
2017 Week 2 vs DEN (30 / 50 / 238 / 2 / 2 pass, 3 / 24 / 0 rush)
This week marked the first time Prescott has thrown more than 45 passes in an NFL game and the second time with more than 40 attempts since his 2016 NFL debut in Week 1. The typical Dallas game script was out of the window as Denver jumped out to an early lead and did not let up on the gas pedal all game on offense. As a result, Dallas was stuffed on the ground and Prescott was left to use the short passing game against Denver's smothering pass defense. Prescott threw multiple interceptions for only the second time in his career, one being a tipped pass and the other a pick-six dagger late in the game to seal Dallas' fate. Prescott should have had a third interception, but Aqib Talib dropped one of the easier opportunities of his long career on the play. Prescott was under consistent duress in the pocket, especially when his initial read was taken away. Routine throws like slants and out routes within 10 yards of the line of scrimmage - Prescott's bread and butter - became labored due to pressure. Prescott faces another stingy defense, on the road, next week with a Monday night clash in Arizona.
2017 Week 3 vs ARI (13 / 18 / 183 / 2 / 0 pass, 3 / 16 / 1 rush)
Dallas had intentions to control the game with their rushing attack, but Prescott threw only 18 passes against Arizona for different reasons. The Cowboys run game found its rhythm in the closing minutes to salt away the victory, but Prescott was commonly forced to throw in front of the sticks in the first half to stall drives in long-yardage situations. Prescott was at his best on the move. Two of his rushes came on zone read concepts for chunk gains. Once in the red zone, Prescott kept the ball after a fake to Ezekiel Elliott, ultimately leaping over a defender at the goal line for the touchdown. Prescott's mobility becomes a larger impact as Dallas moves into scoring range has been the common theme to-date in his career. Through the air, Prescott made two outstanding throws outside the pocket to Brice Butler, both in critical moments of the second half.
2017 Week 4 vs LAR (20 / 36 / 252 / 3 / 1 pass, 3 / 25 / 0 rush)
Prescott has been at his best when moving from the pocket this season and against the Rams was no exception. Prescott looks to run only as a last result in these situations, fueling a number of chunk gains as a passer. Rolling left Prescott has strong accuracy, finding Dez Bryant to convert a key third down and a red zone touchdown to Brice Butler on another occasion. With Dallas' defense struggling to stop the Rams, Prescott's margin for error was small to secure the victory. Despite leading scoring drives on every possession (outside of a fumbled return) in the first half, Dallas trailed in the third quarter. Prescott's few inaccurate throws turned into critical missed opportunities down the stretch. Prescott took a big third down hit as the ball shot up in the air, turning into his lone turnover of the game. Earlier in the game, Prescott should have had another interception on an intermediate throw to Terrance Williams but the defender dropped the ball. With two minutes to play and needing a touchdown, Prescott had an overthrow to Dez Bryant, hurting their ultimate comeback effort.
2017 Week 5 vs GB (25 / 36 / 251 / 3 / 1 pass, 4 / 37 / 1 rush)
Prescott had one of his finest games as a pro against the Packers in Week 5. While the defense allowed a long touchdown drive in the closing minutes to Aaron Rodgers, Prescott was consistently impactful. Prescott had multiple occasions where he eluded pocket pressure and delivered an accurate intermediate or deep throw on the move. He has shown the ability for accurate ball placement both rolling right and left this season. Prescott's mobility is a difference-making trait especially on third down and in the red zone. Three of Prescott's four rushes in the game came in key moments from picking up a third down in field goal range to a fourth down sneak conversion to a red zone read option touchdown. While Prescott could pile up more rushing production if a focal point of his game, through more than 20 career starts it is clear Prescott is a pass-first quarterback in his mindset. Prescott staked Dallas to a 21-6 first half lead, but trailed by the early fourth quarter in a hotly contested game. Prescott's interception, returned for a touchdown, was not his fault. An accurate pass sailed through Terrance Williams' hands on a simple hitch route. With a bye week up next, Dallas can get their defense in order as the schedule softens for Dak Prescott and the passing game with San Francisco, Washington, and Kansas City following the week off.
2017 Week 7 vs SF (16 / 25 / 234 / 3 / 0 pass, 4 / 26 / 1 rush)
Prescott threw the second-fewest passes of the season in Week 7 as Dallas cruised to an easy win in San Francisco. Despite the low volume, Prescott was impressive through the air and on the ground with four total touchdowns and nearly 10 yards-per-attempt as a passer. Dallas was up by multiple touchdowns in the first quarter and by 24 points early in the second half as Prescott did not have to do much with Dallas' strong running game and defensive performance. Prescott's highlight moments through the air included pinpoint accuracy to Jason Witten on multiple occasions, once down the seam and another down the sideline for a one-handed touchdown. Before taking the second half of the fourth quarter off in the blowout victory, Prescott added a goal line touchdown on the ground with a well-executed quarterback keeper to cap his strong performance. Next week's matchup, Washington, marks the second-best pass efficiency defense on Dallas' schedule thus far.
2017 Week 8 vs WAS (14 / 22 / 143 / 0 / 0 pass, 3 / 16 / 0 rush)
For a second straight week, Prescott did not need more than 25 passes in a comfortable road win. Ezekiel Elliott was active yet again as his suspension status has yet to be clarified, earmarking Prescott for situational third down conversions and avoiding turnovers - the second-year quarterback's specialty. Prescott did not have much on his plate in the first half and, despite the ball control design of the game plan, Prescott had his struggles with accuracy. Two overt examples include throwing behind Cole Beasley on a rollout nearly resulting in an interception and missing Jason Witten over the middle on third down in the red zone. Prescott's best throw came to the far side of the field as Ryan Switzer converted third-and-long. Stalling for field goals on four drives prevented the win from being a blowout well in advance of the closing minutes. The passing game schedule softens with Kansas City, one of the least efficient units in the NFL, on deck in Week 9.
2017 Week 9 vs KC (21 / 33 / 249 / 2 / 0 pass, 3 / 27 / 1 rush)
Prescott struggled in key situations early in the game with accuracy against the Chiefs. He showed hesitancy to pull the trigger, nearly taking a third down sack on an opening drive punt. However, when protected, Prescott was sharp on intermediate throws including a deep in-cut routes to Dez Bryant and Terrance Williams. Prescott was at his best in the red zone, converting two third downs on rushing attempts, including a quarterback-keeper for a touchdown. Prescott showed pinpoint accuracy to Cole Beasley on a pair of short-range touchdowns, once on a play action slant route and another on a speed out at the goal line. Dez Bryant and Brice Butler also dropped passes which stalled drives on third downs. With zero turnovers, optimized usage of his mobility, and red zone conversions, Prescott logged another high-quality game as he thrives in his second season. Ankle injuries to Dez Bryant and Terrance Williams in this game are worth monitoring as they did not return in the fourth quarter for their Week 10 status against Atlanta.
2017 Week 10 vs ATL (20 / 30 / 176 / 0 / 0 pass, 6 / 42 / 1 rush)
The usually-efficient Prescott faced an uphill climb against Atlanta. Without Ezekiel Elliott, the Dallas run game struggled to execute outside of a stretch of a few chunk gains by Alfred Morris in the third quarter, leading to long-yardage situations and Prescott evading (or succumbing) to pocket pressure. Prescott's mobility was on full display when Dallas' offense was its comparative best this week. On Dallas' lone touchdown drive of the game, Prescott put on a show with back-to-back red zone plays. On the first, Prescott extended the third down play to convert to Rod Smith as an outlet receiver and the next saw Prescott use boot action to find the end zone for a touchdown. Stalled drives on the fringe of scoring range and obvious passing down sacks were the theme of the game, however, as Tyron Smith was absent from his left tackle perch as the position became a turnstile for defensive pressure. Even in garbage time, down by three scores in the fourth quarter, Prescott struggled to amass meaningful yardage outside of short passes to Jason Witten. Prescott's highlight throw amidst the consistent pressure was a beautiful perimeter pass to Brice Butler on third-and-long. Prescott's six rushes and 43 yards on the ground both mark season highs. Unless Dallas' offensive line improves quickly before facing the Eagles and Chargers over the next two weeks, Prescott's mobility will be paramount to any sustained drives for Dallas' offense.
2017 Week 11 vs PHI (18 / 31 / 145 / 0 / 3 pass, 2 / 10 / 0 rush)
Prescott logged his second straight lackluster game and for the third time in the past month did not eclipse 200 yards through the air. With the game script turning negative by early in the second half, Prescott dealt with pressure much of the day, absorbing a number of big hit inside and outside the pocket. Of his career high three interceptions, one came on a tipped pass by Terrance Williams which should have been caught, while the other two were squarely on Prescott for poor throws into coverage. Prescott also lost a fumble when stripped in the pocket, which was returned for a touchdown as Philadelphia pulled away in the second half, and Prescott was uncharacteristically inaccurate even on a handful of routine throws. Prescott did not finish the game as Cooper Rush played out the final minutes of the blowout. In addition to the passing game woes, Prescott had his lowest rushing total of the season (10 yards) to cap off the disappointing game. Over the past four games, Prescott has two passing touchdowns with the Chargers strong defensive front up next.
2017 Week 12 vs LAC (20 / 27 / 179 / 0 / 2 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
For the third straight game Prescott did not record a passing touchdown in the home loss against the Chargers. Pass protection was improved with Tryon Smith back in the lineup at left tackle, ideal timed with the bookend pass rushers for the Chargers. Prescott rarely pressed the ball downfield, taking the short throws underneath coverage but for minimal yardage. By the mid-third quarter, Prescott was a hyper-accurate 10-for-11 passing but for only 56 yards to highlight his approach. Notably, Prescott did not use his mobility x-factor this week. His only rushing attempt came on an outstanding read option fake, resulting in a long touchdown in the second half. However, a holding penalty negated the play and took a score off the board. One of Prescott's rare forays down the field was a well-thrown pass to Terrance Williams, a near touchdown on the diving play, but Williams was barely out of bounds. Dallas was in clear catch-up mode in the fourth quarter, down by multiple touchdowns. Both of Prescott's interceptions came in the final minutes, one where Prescott was late on an out route to Cole Beasley, returned for a touchdown. The other was in clear garbage time with a roaming defensive back finding a floating pass for the final dagger in Dallas' loss. The schedule softens for Dallas' passing offense with the Redskins, Giants, and Raiders over the next three weeks, a much-needed reprieve to get back on track.
2017 Week 13 vs WAS (11 / 22 / 102 / 2 / 0 pass, 5 / 28 / 0 rush)
Prescott was in ball control mode this week in the key home win against Washington. Dallas was fortunate their offensive line began dominating in the second half and the defense led to a comfortable margin as Prescott was not sharp in obvious passing situations in the first half. Prescott missed two throws and took a sack on the first four drives of the game, all punts for Dallas' offense. Prescott nearly threw an interception on an in-breaking route to Dez Bryant before finding some sense of rhythm on a touchdown drive. Prescott threw a laser to Jason Witten on a red zone slant for the score. Prescott's other touchdown came on a jump ball to contested play expert Dez Bryant through defensive pass interference. Prescott also added a key scramble for more than 10 yards to convert a third down when little was working for Dallas' offense in the first half. The Giants and Raiders the next two weeks offer matchups for Prescott and the passing game to find more success than the last month of comparative struggle.
2017 Week 14 vs NYG (20 / 30 / 332 / 3 / 0 pass, 6 / 13 / 0 rush)
Early in the game, Dallas struggled to finish drives. Prescott had two end zone throws tipped away by the defense and Dez Bryant dropped a potential touchdown on another foray down the field. Add in a missed field goal and the theme was empty yardage and missed opportunity for Prescott and the passing game until late in the second quarter. Prescott and Dallas' offense finally pulled away later in the second half from the offensively-stunted Giants as Prescott delivered a strike to Jason Witten down the seam for a touchdown and Rod Smith for a long catch-and-run to ice the game. Prescott added a well-timed third down conversion scramble and shedding a defender in the pocket to convert on an Alfred Morris checkdown pass. Oakland offers another exploitable matchup in Week 15 for Prescott and the passing game to stay on course after a career-high 332 yards against the Giants.
2017 Week 15 vs OAK (18 / 27 / 212 / 0 / 2 pass, 6 / 32 / 1 rush)
Prescott's inconsistent play has become calling card of this season; especially in the six games Ezekiel Elliott has been suspended. Coming off his best game of the year, Prescott had notable missed throws which kept the game close against Oakland. Tyron Smith missed a portion of the second half and the run game wilted over the final two quarters, siphoning any balance the offense had early in the game. Smith's absence forced Dallas to help on the left side of the line as they struggled to protect Prescott. After a promising start to the opening drive, Prescott airmailed a slant to Dez Bryant in the red zone for a drive-halting interception. Prescott's other interception was a random play where his arm was hit and the ball fluttered in the air for the defense. On a deep out to Cole Beasley, Prescott should have had another turnover as he was late and threw into double coverage. While Prescott completed two gorgeous deep throws in the game, one to Dez Bryant and another to James Hanna on a corner route, Terrance Williams also dropped a perfect deep throw from Prescott for a missed opportunity. Prescott showed off his mobility this week, but more eluding pressure in the pocket than overt rushing attempts. Prescott did have a back-to-back sequence with a red option of 15+ yards into the red zone followed by a scramble for a touchdown to take the lead in the third quarter of note on the ground.
2017 Week 16 vs SEA (21 / 34 / 182 / 0 / 2 pass, 4 / 21 / 0 rush)
Prescott continued his second half struggles in a home loss against Seattle, ending Dallas' playoff chances. Prescott threw multiple interceptions for the fourth time in the last six games as pocket pressure and inaccuracy were commonplace throughout the game. Prescott had highlight moments, but they were fleeting. Prescott spun away from the rush, and then juked a defender in space on a high-level scramble. Later, he eluded two rushers and delivered a accurate downfield pass to a diving Dez Bryant for a long gain while rolling left. However, Prescott was consistently pressured on third downs and added an ugly interception overthrowing Ezekiel Elliott on a basic outlet route, which was returned for a touchdown. The Eagles defense offers little solace next week as the Cowboys close out a disappointing season.
2017 Week 17 vs PHI (17 / 30 / 179 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / 16 / 0 rush)
Prescott finished his second season on a ho-hum note. On one hand, Prescott led a divisional road win over Philadelphia to lock in a winning season at 9-7. On the other hand, Prescott and the offense struggled mightily as they posted six points and rarely sniffed scoring range, including punting on their first seven drives of the game. Prescott did not convert a third down until late in the second quarter. Finally with a few sparks in the second half, Prescott delivered a strike to Brice Butler on two impactful throws, one down the sideline for a long gain and another on a red zone slant for the game's solitary touchdown as pressure emerged in Prescott's face. Prescott's Week 17 was a microcosm of the season as he missed a collection of available throws, including a deep target to Dez Bryant. Regression was to be expected after Prescott's highly efficient rookie season, but Prescott struggled to progress after the reads and run game were not as defined as 2017.
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.