Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys have really grabbed attention around the NFL after week 2 of the NFL season. Are they a good team? It’s really hard to tell with them, as we all know how their season’s usually end up.
They started off with Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, only losing by two points to the reigning champions. They then out west to take on Justin Herbert and the Los Angeles Chargers, taking that win 20-17 on the road.
It is hard to tell so far with this team. We have only seen them play two games so far and it’s early to make assumptions, but they have started off pretty decent. They have played well against two pretty good teams. But of course, we have to take it one game at a time, and so do Dak and the Cowboys.
First off, let’s talk about rookie Micah Parsons. The linebacker turned edge rusher has emerged as a potential defensive rookie of the year candidate, and he has really impressed. Coming into the season, he was expected to play at linebacker, but then took on the challenge to move over to the edge rusher. Parsons in week 2 had two tackles, a sack, and eight quarterback pressures, giving Justin Herbert and the Chargers offensive line a hard time. If the rookie can play like this consistently, he can really make damage in the NFL this season and allow the Cowboys to gain some pass-rush ability with the loss of Demarcus Lawerence.
Dak Prescott is coming off a disappointing injury last season which forced him to miss most of the season. In his week 1 performance against Tampa, he played one of if not the best performances of his career so far. He threw for 402 yards and had 3 TDs under his belt. Although he didn’t end that game with a win, he played a great game. He looked comfortable to be in the game and didn’t look scared to get hit by defenders. Many were worried about Dak and if he was going to be able to hand the pressure coming off the injury. He didn’t get any preseason snaps, so his start against the Buccaneers was his first real game snaps since week 5 of last season. But Dak stepped up and played like an all-star in week 1, and was pretty productive in week 2 as well.
CeeDee Lamb played this one smooth and Dak Prescott was right on the money! pic.twitter.com/FybpDGd79C
— Law Thomas (@LawsNation) September 15, 2021
So far this season, we have seen coach Mike McCarthy really implement the tag-team duo of Ezekiel Elliot and Tony Pollard, and has established them in the run game, especially in week 2 against the Chargers. The duo combined for 29 touches, carrying for 180 yards, and had 2 touchdowns. The Cowboys really relied on Dak and the passing attack in week 1 against the Bucs defense, so it was surprising to see the impact the Cowboys run game had on this game.
With wideout Michael Gallup out until what looks like October, Dak has looked to Amari Cooper and second-year man Ceedee Lamb to catch the ball. Ceedee had 8 catches, putting up 81 yards in week 2.
With week 2 behind us, there is still a lot that will happen this season. There is still a lot of football left to be played, but have the Cowboys somehow started off pretty strong? With being in the typically weak NFC East, they have what usually is an easier schedule. I’m not saying this team is gonna win the Super Bowl, let alone even make the playoffs. But if Dallas can consistently play the way they have, and if they get past the Washington Football Team this year, we can maybe see them make a push for the division this year. But, it’s only week 2, and we still have a long way to go.