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Cowboys' trust in Dak Prescott is a promising sign despite Thursday Night Football defeat

Sep 9, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) throws the ball against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Reper-USA TODAY Sports

With quarterback Dak Prescott seeing his first in-game snaps since a major ankle injury in Week 5 of last season, it would have been easy for the Dallas Cowboys to try and take the ball out of his hands and rely on other players. Instead, the Cowboys embraced the same strategy as last season and put the team on Prescott’s shoulders, come what may.


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Prescott dropped back to pass 69 times against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on opening night. He attempted 58 passes that were officially counted, and half a dozen more that were nullified by penalties. Since the start of the 2020 NFL season, Dallas has turned the keys to the offense over to Prescott and let him do what he does best. The signal-caller’s production has been off the charts, but other areas of the team have yet to hold up their ends of the bargain.

Prescott is averaging 53 dropbacks across his past six games, and in one of those outings, he made it only midway through the third quarter before suffering his ankle injury. He’s also averaging 376 passing yards, has 15 total touchdowns to his name and boasts an 85.3 overall PFF grade, which would be the best single-season mark of his career.

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