Dak Prescott is hoping to take everything he learned in the regular season, and turn it into a trip to Houston for the Super Bowl. It’s been a whirlwind of a year for Prescott, who came into training came as the 3rd quarterback on the depth chart. He was thrown into the fire as the starter after Tony Romo and backup Kellen Moore were removed from action with injuries. Recall that Moore would have been second in line to replace Romo if it weren’t for the Moore injury. If Moore played half-way decent, Prescott probably would have never gotten the opportunity to show what he’s made of.
While it’s selfish to say that the Cowboys are happy that Romo and Moore got injured, who knows what would have come of this season. However, I do believe that Romo would have put up some monster numbers behind the Dallas offensive line. Prescott has handled being the number 1 guy quite fine. Cool, calm, and collected is an understatement for this guy.
This will undoubtedly be the biggest game of his life, though. And if the Cowboys win, then the NFC Championship will turn into the biggest game of his life. Prescott has done a fantastic job of garnering respect among his teammates and the rest of the NFL. He throws a pretty ball and makes sound decisions with the ball in his hands, aided by an excellent offensive line and fellow rookie, Ezekiel Elliott.
While Prescott and Elliott get all of the praise, the entire offense has been operation as one impressive, cohesive unit. Without the offensive line, Prescott and Elliott would not be putting these numbers up. Prescott has passed for 23 touchdowns with only 4 interceptions. He also does just enough on the ground to cause frustration among opposing defenses.
The student and the professor will go at it on Sunday, as Prescott has to outduel the proven veteran, Aaron Rodgers. It wasn’t very pretty for the Packers getting here, but now that they’re here, all of that doesn’t matter in the least. Beat the Cowboys and it’s on to the NFC Championship.
Green Bay Packers vs. Dallas Cowboys NFC Divisional Round Betting Odds:
vs. Cowboys -5.5(-110)
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Packers vs. Cowboys Pick:
Rodgers is looking to put an abrupt end to the Cowboys’ season. It’d make for a bittersweet season for Prescott and Elliott. Even though they are only in their rookie season, they can’t take this opportunity for granted. Vince Young thought he was going to have so many opportunities to win a Super Bowl, as did Robert Griffin, but their careers both went up in smoke. I’m not saying that Prescott’s season is going to turn into something like that, but it’s very easy to be on top of the world in one instance and a has been the next. Yes, the future looks promising for Prescott, but it isn’t a guarantee. Those guys didn’t have an offensive line like this helping them out, though.
Elliott ran for 1,631 yards and 15 touchdowns, becoming a massive superstar for the Cowboys, and fantasy owners alike. He is one of the smoothest runners you’re going to find for a guy his size. The Cowboys ran for 150 yards per game this season, 2nd in the NFL. Overall, their offense was 5th, averaging 376.7 yards a game during the regular season. They also scored a solid 26.3 points per game. Note that the Cowboys haven’t played meaningful football since December 18th. Their final two games were preparation to get ready for the postseason, with the 1st seed in the NFC already wrapped up.
The Packers’ offense enters this one on fire offensively. There were lots of moaning and head shaking among Packer fans, but everything has come full-circle for them. They didn’t score less than 30 points in every one of their five remaining games. They averaged 35 points per game during that time. Aaron Rodgers flipped the switch and the lights came on. He ended the season with 40 touchdown passes and 7 interceptions. Those kinds of numbers looked impossible early in the season, but he ultimately produced mammoth numbers. I expect Rodgers and the offense to keep it going here. This game is going to be all about Prescott and Rodgers. I see a 30-27 or 33-27 final score in the works. It leads us to a play on the OVER at 52.
PICK: OVER 52 POINTS (-110)