Dallas Cowboys: Unleash the Dak Attack now

OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 17: Dak Prescott #4 of the Dallas Cowboys celebrates in the final moments of their NFL game against the Oakland Raiders at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on December 17, 2017 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 17: Dak Prescott #4 of the Dallas Cowboys celebrates in the final moments of their NFL game against the Oakland Raiders at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on December 17, 2017 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images) /

The Dallas Cowboys offense exploded for 576 yards against the Philadelphia Eagles in an NFC East showdown, but one person has the blueprint for more success.

The Dallas Cowboys are in first place in the NFC East and are the favorites to win the division for the third time in five years.

Being in first place in their respective division is not the surprising part. What’s surprising is in the manner in how they secured first place in their division.

We’ve all witnessed how the Cowboys clawed its way back from a 3-5 record to win five straight games in convincing and dominant fashion to command a respectable 8-5 record. The Cowboys offense did its part in scoring 27, 22, 31, 13, and 29 points during its impressive winning streak.

But the offensive juggernaut against the hated Philadelphia Eagles is one of the best offensive performances in franchise history. It’s even better because the Cowboys beat the Eagles to claim first place in the NFC East.

What’s even more alarming (or surprising) was how Dallas did it. Scoring 29 points is one thing, but tallying up 576 total yards of offense is something special from this team. And when you look at who put up most of those impressive numbers, its shocking.

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If Dallas wants to continue this winning streak, I believe its time to unleash quarterback Dak Prescott to the fullest extent. Dak threw for a career-high 455 yards on 42 completions and 12 misses with three touchdowns.

So basically Dak went 42-54 with a 104.9 quartering rating to boot (My goodness, Tony Romo is proud of his successor).

Not only was Dak’s performance impressive, but it illustrated Dak’s more than capable of winning a shootout if the opportunity presents itself. When Dallas needed a big score, Dak delivered like a Fedex package during Christmas time.

In the fourth quarter, after Philly made a comeback, Dak connected with his favorite receiver-Amari Cooper-twice on touchdown receptions of 28 and 75 yards respectively. Of course, Dak connected with Coop on the game winning, 15-yard touchdown reception in overtime.

After watching Dak and Dallas’ offense explode in the third and fourth quarters, everyone from Cowboys Nation to the critics wanted to know what took so long for this explosion to happen against a weak secondary?

My question is more blunt: Why in the hell was Dallas’ offense so stagnant for nearly three quarters? Against the worse secondary in the NFL? Dallas had only scored 9 points through three quarters.

Yes, I’m aware Dak had three turnovers (two interceptions and a fumble) that kept the Eagles in the game and allowed them to take the game it into overtime. However, Dak dusted off his mistakes as nothing more than a climax to a dramatic finish.

One reason for Dak bombing away with that 75-yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter is because of Coop’s disgust of running the “stop route”.

"“It’s interesting because I actually had another stop route on that play and they were, if you were watching, really sitting on those stop routes”, Copper said. “And I was like, this is ridiculous. So when I broke the huddle I was kind of mad and I was like, Dak, come on. And he was just like, just run it bro. And I guess he thought about it again and he kind of signaled a go route and I was and I was elated when did that. And I took off, caught the ball, and scored.”"

That exchange between Dak and Coop is one reason why they’re developing a chemistry that is paramount to Dallas’ offense being successful. Further, it proves Dak’s ability to listen and trust his supporting cast, which is crucial for a quarterback and a receiver.

The best part of watching Dak’s magnificent performance was how he handled and bounced back from his nearly fatal interceptions and a fumble. Most young quarterbacks would’ve panicked and threw more interceptions because of all the pressure and high stakes involved in a must-win game.

Sidenote: Los Angles Rams quarterback Jared Goff threw four interceptions and performed awfully against the Chicago Bears on Sunday night. With the loss, the Rams are now tied with the New Orleans Saints for the best record in the NFC,  but the Saints hold the tiebreaker for the #1 seed in the NFC because they beat the Saints earlier in the season.

Dak knew a win would put Dallas in first place, a loss was unacceptable, and he prevented it. Dak knew collapsing like Goff was not an option. Period.

I’ll be the first to admit Dak has flaws he needs to work out. Dak has to fix his league-leading 13 fumbles, his accuracy and pocket awareness. Those flaws are correctable, and we know he’ll fix it.

Ditto head coach Jason Garrett and offensive coordinator Scott Linehan making him a better signal caller.

And I’d rather watch Dak throw for 455 yards three touchdowns, complete 42 passes with two interceptions than to throw for a paltry 200 yards and lose.

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When it comes to the Dallas Cowboys, they either win big or go home. So unleash the “Dak Attack” and ain the Super Bowl! KABOOM!

  • Published on 12/13/2018 at 13:00 PM
  • Last updated at 12/13/2018 at 06:35 AM