The Cowboys prove they don’t have to rely on Dak Prescott, which makes them dangerous when he returns

In the fourth quarter of Cowboys in Dallas Opener, quarterback Duck Prescott Throw a screen pass to Ezekiel Elliot. While continuing, Prescott’s thumb smashed into the outstretched gauntlet pirate Defender Chuck Barrett.

Prescott immediately left the game holding his hand and He will soon need surgery. Dallas lost, 19-3. Many critics and fans have announced that the Cowboys season is over.

The reason Prescott’s injury and expected prolonged absence caused such poor expectations is that he was expected to do so much for so long. The idea of ​​Dallas without Duck was incomprehensible.

However, the following month did not bring the Cowboys four straight wins, including a road win against Super Bowl champion Los Angeles rams. He didn’t just prepare Dallas for a playoff tour.

The rest of the team – almost every unit on either side of the ball – is allowed to step up and assert themselves.

Includes quarterback, backup Cooper Rush He certainly didn’t do anything to take Prescott’s job once he got back from that hand injury (maybe soon), but perhaps Rush redefined it not by doing too much or more, but by showing that a little can work too.

Dallas now looks like a legitimate Super Bowl contender. defense is, or at least betweenThe best in the league. Powerful running game. This is the offensive line. There is enough talent in the broad receiver.

They’ve won four games in a row with Rush as mostly game manager. He averages just 193.8 yards per game. He only threw four touchdowns in the opposite direction, and most importantly, no interceptions.

He makes sure Dallas doesn’t beat himself, while the rest of the team does what he does best.

Whether Prescott returns to face Philadelphia on Sunday at the NFC East or in the following weeks, what he has returned is a team that is confident and capable across the board. Gone are, probably, the days when everything revolved around the star QB because there was no other way to win.

Instead in the vacuum of a lower-dac crime, everyone stepped up and made the job easier.

It could be the key to everything for Dallas.

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Micah Parsons has six league-leading sacks this season for a defense that is among the best in the NFL in several categories.  (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Micah Parsons He has six league-leading sacks this season for a defense that ranks among the best in the NFL in several categories. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)

“That’s how we do it,” quarterback Micah Parsons said after beating the Rams despite offending only 10 starts at the start. “No one does it like us.”

Nobody does. And he certainly didn’t in Dallas before.

Prescott averaged 37.3 passes for a game in 2021. Cooper Rush has dropped to just 26.2 for every game he’s started this year. Rushing attempts have risen from 27.8 last year to 30.0 in the last four games. Against the Rams, Dallas ran the ball 60 percent of the time at the start.

Mostly, though, she’s not self-defeating. Since Prescott’s injury, they only have one turn…and none in their last three games.

This was the key.

No fear of relegating him to a defense that ranks third in points allowed, third in differential rotation and seventh in passes and total yards. They are second in the sacks with 20, led by six league leaders from Parsons.

They haven’t given up more than one touchdown in a game this season, despite playing against them Matthew StaffordAnd the Joe Borough And the Tom Brady.

It’s a good thing Stephen Jones says the defense can compare to the heyday of the ’90s and that Parsons, not Prescott, is the MVP candidate so far.

“They’re definitely the straw that moves this drink,” said coach Mike McCarthy. “They play the lights.”

So imagine all of this except for the quarterback promotion. Imagine adding someone who can play and keep defenses honest, like Prescott. Rush has been amazing as a filler, but in January the team needs more than that. Dallas has that talent coming back soon.

Can Prescott thrive by decreasing the number of toy throws? Can call-ups continue to estimate what a defense can achieve? Can all components maintain the improved production when their leader and star returns?

If so, then Dallas is a serious Super Bowl contender, because sometimes you get stronger in the most unexpected times and in unexpected ways.

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