When the Dallas Cowboys lost to the San Francisco 49ers, 42-10, a few weeks ago, it looked like perhaps they weren’t nearly as formidable as people thought they were.
Until then, the thinking was that they could be the best team in the NFC and perhaps the most dominant defensive squad in the entire NFL.
After the loss to the Niners, many thought the Cowboys had been exposed, but since then, perhaps they have been starting to undergo a bit of a revival.
They defeated the Los Angeles Rams, 43-20, on Sunday behind an outstanding game from quarterback Dak Prescott, and per Jon Machota, offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer gave Prescott lots of praise.
Cowboys OC Brian Schottenheimer on how Dak Prescott has been since the 49ers loss through his strong play the last two games in wins over the Chargers and Rams: “Stud. Man, he really is a stud. He never changes who he is. When you see him today, he’s no different than he was… pic.twitter.com/pPrYPfCXVy
— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) October 30, 2023
Against the Rams, Prescott completed 25 of 31 passes for 304 yards and four touchdowns, and in his previous game, which was against the Los Angeles Chargers, he went 21 of 31 for 272 yards.
Many will not accuse him of being an elite quarterback, but if he plays well enough to get Dallas wins in big games, that will get the job done.
The bone of contention with Prescott is the fact that he hasn’t played up to his ability in big games and in the playoffs.
In last year’s divisional-round loss to the 49ers, he threw two interceptions, and the year before, he was 23 of 43 and got sacked five times in a playoff loss to the same team.
Dallas is now 5-2, which actually puts them half a game ahead of San Francisco, but they’re also firmly behind the 7-1 Philadelphia Eagles for first place in the NFC East.NEXT: Jerry Jones Praises Cowboys Star For Dealing With Expectations