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Dak Watch Week 1: Dak Prescott shines in his first action in over 300 days

Tracking the play from Dak Prescott every week.

Dak is back!

But first, dear readers, an introduction is in order. My name is Mark Schofield, and perhaps you know me from the work I do over at USA Today/Touchdown Wire, or Big Blue View, or Pats Pulpit, or Bleeding Green, or at various other outlets across the football media world. Each week I’ll be doing a video breakdown of Dak Prescott — titled “Dak Watch” — to highlight the good, the bad and everything in-between.

After a long wait, Prescott returned to the field in the Thursday night season opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. While the Dallas Cowboys did not come away with the victory, Cowboys fans should take solace in how well Prescott played. Prescott completed 42 of 58 passes for 403 yards and three touchdowns, with one interception, and gave the Cowboys the lead late in the game.

Unfortunately, that guy on the other sideline played pretty well himself.

But let’s dive into the film. I’ve got eight plays queued up to break down, including some touchdown passes and even the interception. Here it is, the first installment of Dak Watch:

In all, I came away very impressed with Prescott’s performance on Thursday night. Now, as a bit of context I am one of those who consider Prescott already among the game’s elite passers. But on Thursday night, perhaps he convinced a few more people of his status in the NFL today.