Prescott By The Numbers: Facts over Fiction

Since entering the league in 2016, Dak Prescott has become one of the more polarizing figures in all of professional sports. While a certain level of scrutiny is to be expected from the national media for any Cowboys quarterback; there is also a large portion of his own fan base that questions his talent and overall ability to win a championship. His decision making, accuracy, and other facets of his game have all been called into question on numerous occasions, so today we question the validity of these critiques and take a look at the facts.

Is Prescott accurate?

A common narrative amongst many of Prescott’s detractors is that he is not an accurate enough passer for the Cowboys to win a Super Bowl; this however is not a true statement. Over the course of Dak’s 85 game stint as the Cowboy’s signal caller he has posted a career completion percentage of 66.6. Amazingly this puts Dak as the fifth most accurate quarterback in NFL history.

Through 6 seasons Prescott is currently the 5th ranked

Prescott has a higher career completion percentage than quarterbacks such as Patrick Mahomes, Kurt Warner, and Tom Brady. While I am not insinuating that Dak is a better quarterback than any of them it does show he is proficient distributor of the football. He also boasts a career 2.86 touchdown to interception ratio which would place him 6th all time.

Prescott also managed to break the Cowboys’ single season passing touch down record this past season with 37 touchdowns. A feat that neither his Tony Romo or Troy Aikman have accomplished. For perspective since entering the league in 2016 Dak Prescott is tied for 9th most passing touchdowns in the league over that time frame with 143.

The notion that Prescott is not an accurate passer is not supported by the numbers or analytics and should no longer be treated as fact or discussed.

Can Prescott beat winning teams?

Football is the ultimate team sport. One player generally does not decide the outcome of a game and quarterback wins are a poor way of evaluating their performance. A quarterback can play amazing and their team can still lose or they could be abysmal and their team still finds a way to win the game. With that said Prescott has been one of the most winningest quarterbacks in the league since his arrival. Prescott has a career 53-32 record, giving Dak the 4th most wins in the league since 2016. While these numbers are impressive as a whole his biggest critique is his perceived inability to beat teams with winning records. Against teams that finished the season over .500, Prescott has a career record of 18-24 which is only a 42.8 win percentage. While some point to this as a flaw it is actually the norm in the NFL. Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Matthew Stafford, Josh Allen, Kyler Murray, and Deshaun Watson all have losing records against winning teams. All of these quarterbacks are still viewed as stars and their short comings are never used to discredit their talent.

Can the Cowboys win #6 with Prescott?

Prescott is currently on pace to finish his career as the Cowboy’s all time leader in yards, completion percentage, and passing touchdowns barring injury. He is talented enough for the Cowboys to win a championship with but quarterback talent alone has never been the sole factor in winning. Dan Marino, who is considered one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history, retired without ever winning a Super Bowl while players like Trent Dilfer and Brad Johnson were able to capture the elusive title. It takes a complete team effort and honestly a little luck to win a championship but Prescott is more than capable.


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