Two games into the 2019 season and the Dallas Cowboys are sitting at 2-0 with both victories coming against NFC East foes. Dak Prescott is playing some of the best football of his career and Kellen Moore is making the offense fun and effective.
Scoring 31+ points and winning by double digits in consecutive weeks should not be easy, but that is how the Cowboys are making it seem.
With that, the Cowboys have a ton of excitement surrounding the team. Not only are they winning games, they look exciting — and very impressive — doing it. In fact, check out this stat regarding Dak Prescott:
Quarterback completion % above expected and EPA/play pending SNF/MNF.— new-age analytical (@benbbaldwin) September 16, 2019
Dak da gawd pic.twitter.com/kXdiYiZK7G
Dak Prescott has been criticized by many since entering the league. Playing for America’s Team, that comes with territory. Many thought Josh Norman was critiquing Prescott’s week one performance, but the Washington defender clarified his comments following Sunday’s game.
“That’s my brother, that’s a kin,” Norman said. “Like I understand where he’s coming from. He’s going to get his when his time comes. He’s a great quarterback. All these guys that we play are. I just wish that media would respect that and understand and don’t try to twist people....It just really sucks when that happens.”
“It’s sad,” he said. “It really is sad, because you pit us against each other. You pit my brother against my other brother. You don’t have to do that...It’s horrible man, how everything gets switched around.”
Prescott said that he has “always been doubted” and that he “always accepts it”. The Cowboys signal quarterback has certainly done his best to prove his doubters wrong through two games.
Dak Prescott on his critics: "That's a chip on my shoulder and it's been there since I've been playing this game for a long time. I've always been doubted. I always accept it. It's who I am."— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) September 15, 2019
His teammates are taking notice of that fact as well. All-Pro pass rusher DeMarcus Lawrence said “that’s my quarterback” when told about Prescott’s remarkable finish to Sunday’s win.
DeMarcus Lawrence when told Dak Prescott ended the game with 18 straight completions: "For real?"— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) September 15, 2019
"That's my quarterback."
Some national media commented on Dak’s 269-yard, three-touchdown performance:
Dak is good and clearly getting better. People need to just accept that.— Colin Cowherd (@ColinCowherd) September 15, 2019
I take it all back, if Carson Wentz is truly worth $32 million a year Dak Prescott may actually be worth $64 million a year.— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) September 16, 2019
Dak Prescott now has 9 passing touchdowns of at least 50 yards in his career.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) September 15, 2019
Only Tom Brady and Philip Rivers have more (11 each) since 2016 when Prescott entered the league. pic.twitter.com/6hesfwBTNB
Not to be overlooked in the development of @Dak is first-year quarterbacks coach Jon Kitna, who has emphasized consistent mechanics, proper ball placement and quicker decision-making through pre-snap read of the defense.— Ed Werder (@WerderEdESPN) September 16, 2019
Ballgame. Dak Prescott is unbelieveable.— Marcus Mosher (@Marcus_Mosher) September 15, 2019
It’s always fun to see a quarterback in his groove, and that is exactly what Dak was in versus Washington as he threw his fifth, sixth, and seventh touchdowns of the season. Ben Standig covers Washington for The Athletic and equated Prescott’s performance to “an NBA point guard just feeding open guys for dunks and jumpers”.
Dak reminding me of an NBA point guard just feeding open guys for dunks and jumpers. Cowboys offense in rhythm.— Ben Standig (@BenStandig) September 15, 2019
That is a pretty good comparison, as Prescott looked to be in control the entire game. Nick Eatman of The Mothership wrote that it was if Prescott was passing out candy to everyone.
Remember back in grade school when you would try to have a snack or some candy or maybe a soft drink, and the teacher wouldn’t let you have it unless you had enough for the entire class?
I’m getting the feeling Dak Prescott was the kid who brought enough for everyone. He definitely did that in these first two games. And to me, it’s the main reason the Cowboys are rolling like they are.
Dak is gaining more and more confidence — thanks in large part to Jon Kitna’s coaching and Kellen Moore’s play-calling — which is huge for both him and this team. Check out this graphic:
Welcome to 2019, Dak Prescott.— RJ Ochoa (@rjochoa) September 15, 2019
(via @NextGenStats) pic.twitter.com/pk64NZ53sQ
There has been a lot of praising for Kellen Moore — and for good reason. The quarterback-turned-play-caller has taken this offense to the next level. On the 51-yard bomb from Dak Prescott to Devin Smith, it appears that Moore took the play out of Jay Gruden’s book:
Yep, #Cowboys ran the same play #Redskins scored on last week. The double crosser from the right, gets the safety to bite up, leaving the back side CB one-on-one with the deep post. pic.twitter.com/cfkMpFttCv— Mark Bullock (@MarkBullockNFL) September 15, 2019
Ezekiel Elliott, who has wreaked havoc along with Prescott since both entered the league in 2016, told reporters on Sunday that “we know Dak Prescott is one of the best QBs in this league” and that “they can doubt all they want”. That’s certainly what you want to hear from one of your best playmakers.
Ezekiel Elliott on those who still doubt Dak Prescott: "They don't matter. All that matters is what we think in this locker room. We all support each other and we know Dak is one of the best QBs in this league. They can doubt all they want. We'll keep proving them wrong."— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) September 15, 2019
Additionally, Amari Cooper believes that the offense can continue to have the kind of success that its had through two weeks, citing the team’s “good play-caller” and “good quarterback”.
Amari Cooper on if the Cowboys can continue to do what they've been doing on offense: "I mean, yeah, why not? We have the talent in here to do it. We got a good play-caller, a good quarterback, so why not?"— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) September 15, 2019