Thanks to yet another injury to Tony Romo, the Dak Prescott era has started earlier than anybody could have imagined. When the Cowboys selected Prescott in the fourth-round of the 2016 NFL Draft, they believed they had a developmental prospect on their hands. A player they could assign as a third-stringer and develop over the next few years. Enter the preseason, where Prescott built up a plethora of confidence and went beyond expectations with an excellent showing.
Then, prematurely, the noise about Prescott replacing Romo as the starter began to blossom. Even those people who were clamoring for that scenario, probably didn’t expect to see him starting Week 1 against the New York Giants. After Romo was injured in the Cowboys’ preseason game vs the Seahawks, the opportunity came to fruition for Prescott.
And there Prescott was, a fourth-round pick just a few months ago, taking snaps against the Giants in Week 1 of the regular season. There are some things that you don’t really originally write up that end up working out. Prescott was not in the Cowboys’ plans only a couple of months ago, and now we’re going to see if this audible Dallas had to call is going to play out well. Remember, Kellen Moore was the backup quarterback, before he suffered an injury to put Prescott in the backup role. If Moore were to never get hurt, we probably would have never witnessed Prescott get that time in the preseason.
Prescott has that moxy and confidence that is impossible to coach in a player. He is a dynamic player that has the ability to make it happen on his legs if the play breaks down. My career prediction for Prescott is that he will make a quality backup, with the potential to make a spot start here and there. While everyone is singing his praises, I really need to see more from him to say he can be a fulltime starter in the NFL. I know there are people that will disagree with me, but it’s my humble opinion.
Prescott will take on another divisional rival this Sunday against the Washington Redskins. He had the comfort of playing at home in his first ever start, but now Prescott goes to the east coast to play in a hostile environment. Quarterback Kirk Cousins opened the season in less than impressive fashion. He needs a nice bounce back effort this afternoon, it got ugly against the Steelers.
Dallas Cowboys vs Washington Redskins NFL Betting Odds:
vs. Redskins -3(-105)
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The Redskins went out in the offseason with a goal of improving their defense. Depending on Kirk Cousins, who was awful last week, to win every game isn’t the best formula for success. So, the Redskins did what they had to do by signing cornerback Josh Norman, the most prized free agent this past offseason. The Carolina Panthers were not interested in giving him the money he was demanding. Washington, who was desperate to improve the defense, opened the wallet book and gave Norman a 5-year $75 million contract. Norman, nor, did the Washington defense play well against the Steelers, as they allowed 38 points and a total of 447 yards. The Steelers have one of the top offenses in the NFL, and they showed it against the Redskins.
Cousins threw for 329 yards, but he turned the ball over twice, with one interception that went right to a Steelers’ defender. I’m not sure what he saw on the play, but it looked like he thought a Pittsburgh player was a Redskin across the middle of the field. I don’t expect Cousins to play so bad this week. I see him putting a competent game together. On the defensive side of the ball, they should look much better against this Dallas offense. Sorry, Dak Prescott and the Cowboys are not Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Washington defense didn’t help themselves any, but a lot of it was due to how good the Pittsburgh offense is.
This might be the most nerves Prescott has felt in his short NFL career. He passed for 227 yards on just 22/45 passing. With 45 attempts, the Cowboys didn’t apply the training wheels in his first ever start. Put Tony Romo in that game and the Cowboys win it easily. The Giants do not have the best of defenses in the league, and Prescott didn’t complete 50% of his passes at home. The Skins have their issues on defense, but I expect a much better effort at home, after getting blasted away by the Steelers. Prescott is not Roethlisberger and it’s going to show. Everybody is riding the Cowboys in this game. Experts, fans, amateurs, mothers, and grandmothers. It’s easy to do after watching the Redskins struggling last week. However, I believe we’re going to see Dak struggle in this spot, and Cousins rebound from the Week 1 train wreck. I’ll stand alone, and say that the Redskins win this by about 6.
PICK: REDSKINS -3 (-105)