Behind fresh play calling, Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys are streaking through the opening weeks of 2019, and are quickly establishing themselves among the league’s best.
There’s quality, and then there’s Dak Prescott and Kellen Moore assurance. After the Dallas Cowboys Offensive Coordinator dialed up a Week 1 Prescott romping over the New York Giants, the dynamic duo proved more than a one-hit wonder on the league’s second Sunday. Week 2 was about smashing RPO’s, misdirection, and deep balls over the helmets of a mangled Washington Redskin defense.
The 31-21 final score didn’t do Dallas justice, either; Dak and Kellen locked their bitter rivals in a vice grip through much of the contest.
Just ask Josh Norman.
It was the type of performance that confirmed everything fans were teased with on opening week. The offense was explosive and dynamic. The defense made forceful plays when they needed to most. The special teams unit had another quiet, but constructive game.
Maybe it’s time to take these Dallas Cowboys seriously.
If we are going to (rightfully) label Kellen Moore the mastermind behind Big D’s play calling resurgence, just call Dak Prescott your new commander-in-chief. #4 was absolutely electric in his 2019 road début, spring boarding the team to a 2-0 start behind a 26 for 30 passing effort, totaling 338 combined yards, 3 touchdowns, and one 1 unlucky interception. Finishing the day with a 123.5 passer rating, Prescott looked even better than his stats advertise, routinely diagnosing coverages and attacking vulnerabilities, even finishing the game on 18 straight completions.
Once again, just ask Josh Norman.
Perhaps the greatest thematic element of this young Dallas Cowboy season has been Dak’s continued success going deep. While not known for stretching the field with his arm, the franchise quarterback seemed to have swiftly rewritten the scouting reports. According to NFL Next Gen Stats, Dak Prescott is 14-16 with 380 yards and 4 TDs on pass attempts where the ball traveled over 10 yards in 2019. It’s a remarkable turnaround for the 4th-year signal caller, who previously finished 2018 throwing 7.4 yards/attempt, good for a measly 19th in the NFL.
The beauty of Prescott’s newfound success lies in the fact he is not relying on Ezekiel Elliot to create easier reads by loading the defensive box. Zeke is only seeing 8-man fronts on 27.78% of his snaps thus far,14th most in the league. Instead, Kellen Moore is blessing his signal-caller with spread formations and quicker reads, as evidenced by a .26-second reduction in average time-to-throw from the previous year (Dak Prescott currently measures 2nd quickest in this category.)
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In addition, Dak Prescott is not overly targeting any one receiver, either. Each touchdown that Dak threw against the Redskins were to different teammates, and six total Cowboys hauled in at least 20 passing yards. This proved a similar feat as opening week, where 4 different weapons caught touchdowns, while Prescott led both Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup to over 100 yards receiving.
So, where am I getting at? Well, that’s simple – Dak Prescott is becoming a football monster. Currently leading the league in completion percentage with an absurd 82.3% rate through two games, it’s becoming abundantly clear #4’s season début wasn’t a fluke, and he’s poised to lead the Dallas Cowboys to further success in 2019.
"He’s playing really well. Obviously we know adversity will hit us. We’re going to go through issues and challenges through the season, that’s the NFL. We’ll keep working through this and see where we are at the end. – Cowboys OC Kellen Moore on Dak Prescott’s early-season success."
Needless to say, these 2 games are not the end-all-be-all for the Dallas Cowboys. For every creative play Kellen Moore has drawn up, many more are required to maintain organizational success. Each statistic Dak puts up won’t mean much if the club falls apart in December. This is the multi-billion dollar NFL, where jobs are strictly results-dependent. Adversity is sure to come sooner than later.
But if any team looks the part of an early contender, it’s the Dallas Cowboys and their Dak Attack, #Kellevision powered offense. Look for the duo to continue and wipe the floor on any given Sunday.
- Published on 09/16/2019 at 11:01 AM
- Last updated at 09/16/2019 at 10:14 AM