Week 5 was an unmitigated disaster for the Dallas Cowboys. The offense struggled mightily to get anything going, while the defense fell firmly on its face. The result? A gut-wrenching 42-10 loss to the hated San Francisco 49ers.
One player firmly in the spotlight after this pathetic effort is quarterback Dak Prescott, whose struggles for the second time in three weeks led to another lifeless performance from the offense.
After this stunning loss, Prescott admitted a harsh truth.
Prescott said Week 5's result "may be the most humbling" game he's ever been a part of. This arrives directly on the heels of Week 3's defeat at the hands of the Arizona Cardinals, who had no business beating a Super Bowl contender but simply showed up to play while Dallas didn't.
Prescott's showing against the 49ers has stirred up all kinds of discourse again around him as the Cowboys' QB1. These matchups against fellow contenders are where your big-money quarterback is supposed to prove himself. But how did the signal-caller respond? With a dismal 14-of-24 performance for 153 yards, 1 touchdown and 3 interceptions.
Dallas' history of folding against San Francisco makes this defeat sting even more. After all, Jerry Jones called this roster potentially the best he's ever had on hand, clearly setting the bar for a Super Bowl. Yet, the Cowboys have now lost two games already this season in embarrassing fashion, and their struggles against the 49ers call into question their claim as a legitimate contender.
If Dallas is to get back to the Super Bowl, it needs truly elite play at QB. It's on Prescott to prove he's capable of that, or the team will have to consider its options this offseason.
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