Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott received plenty of criticism in 2022 when he led the NFL with 15 interceptions in the regular season despite missing five games with a broken thumb. It didn't make matters any better for the top signal-caller in Dallas when he threw two more in a second-round playoff loss to the San Francisco 49ers.
Fast forward to the 2023 campaign, Prescott had another stinker against the 49ers in Week 5 when he tossed three interceptions in a 42-10 blowout loss, and the criticism rang out across the football landscape once again. However, Prescott had an amazing turnaround in his eighth year in the pros after that defeat. He embarked on an eight-game stretch where he tossed 23 touchdowns with just two interceptions. Prescott was surgical in the Cowboys' final three games as well, tossing another eight touchdowns with only two interceptions.
For the year, Prescott made good on his proclamation to lower his interception totals from the previous season as he ended up with only nine, and any year where a quarterback throws 10 interceptions or less is considered excellent. Prescott's 36 touchdown passes led the NFL, and that total is significant. Why? Well, with this complete 180 from a year ago, Prescott became the first quarterback in the Super Bowl era, and just the second in league history joining Hall of Famer Bob Waterfield in 1945-1946, to go from leading the league in interceptions to throwing the most touchdowns in consecutive seasons.
Dak Prescott became the first QB to lead the league in interceptions, then follow it up by leading the league in TD passes since…you guessed it…Hall of Famer Bob Waterfield in 1945-46.— Babe Laufenberg (@BabeLaufenberg) January 8, 2024
The former fourth-round pick had the best campaign of his career this season. His 36 touchdowns touchdowns and 4,516 yards (third in the NFL) were the second-most Prescott has tallied in those categories. Prescott set a career-high in passer rating with 105.9, which was good for second in the league as was his 4:1 interception ratio. Also, Prescott finished second in QBR (72.6), and his career-high 69.5% completion percentage was the second-best league-wide.
Prescott was rewarded for his amazing season with his third Pro Bowl selection last week, and it got even better on Friday as he received his first All-Pro honor (second-team). Prescott has proved that he's one of the best quarterbacks in the entire NFL.