The joy is back in Cowboys football — at least for the time being. Dallas got a much-needed divisional victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on the road in a hostile — and cold — environment to keep the season alive and give Cowboys fans bragging rights over their arch-rival.
We can talk about the weaknesses of this team — after all, it’s not all fixed; but the Cowboys showed us that they are capable of by going into enemy territory and getting a win over a talented squad. The offense came to life when it was needed most, and both Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott had some big time moments in the win.
Dak Prescott and Carson Wentz will be linked to one another for a very long time. The two were both selected in the same draft class, both are the faces of two big franchises, and both have had big moments in their young career. Dak got the better of Wentz last night — in more than one way.
One interesting stat that came from the Cowboys win over the Eagles, is the big disparity of game-winning drives between the two third-year signal callers — Prescott has delivered eleven times, while Wentz has come-from-behind on three occasions.
Carson Wentz has three game-winning drives. Dak Prescott has 11. Aren't we supposed to have the guy that takes over at the end?#Eagles lose third straight at Linc by 7 or fewer points.https://t.co/hCF37vhX6g— Bob Grotz (@BobGrotz) November 12, 2018
Instead Jerry Jones and the Cowboys left with a 4-5 record, the same as the Eagles, quarterback Dak Prescott recorded his 11th game-winning drive and running back Zeke Elliott gashed the Eagles for 187 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns.
Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz, on the other hand, threw for 360 yards and two scores but came up short in his second straight game at the Linc, where the Eagles have lost three in a row. Wentz was within reach of his fourth game-winning drive.
There is also this stat, which compares Prescott’s success to the two quarterbacks in Philly — based on opportunities, record in those situations and even their respective average QBR on those drives.
Career game-winning drive opportunity records— Scott Kacsmar (@FO_ScottKacsmar) November 12, 2018
Dak Prescott: 11-9 (.550)
Nick Foles: 10-12 (.455)
Carson Wentz: 3-11 (.214)
QBR on those drives
Dak - 79.3
Foles - 59.3
Wentz - 51.4
One of Wentz's 3 GWD was a 61-yd FG by Elliott. pic.twitter.com/salrYoptxW
Sunday night saw Dak lead his second game-winning drive of the 2018 season — he led Dallas from behind versus the Lions at home in October with a clutch final drive that saw Prescott make a beautiful throw to Ezekiel Elliott. Prescott nearly had another against Washington, but conservative play-calling, followed by a missed field goal as time expired, cost the Cowboys a chance for a road divisional victory.
This isn’t an attempt to argue that Prescott is better than Wentz or anything. Both have had huge seasons, an okay season, and this season has been a little up-and-down for both. But it is interesting to see how well Prescott plays when the lights are the brightest and the game is on the line.
We have seen this from the Cowboys quarterback dating back to his rookie season in the NFL, and it has carried over. For all of the questions you may have concerning Prescott’s overall ability, he knows how to deliver more often than not when it is winning time.