After starting quarterback Tony Romo suffered a broken bone in his back during Thursday’s preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks – an injury that could lead to Romo missing six to 10 weeks – the Dallas Cowboys’ playoff hopes now rest in the hands of rookie fourth round pick Dak Prescott.
With a healthy Romo, the Cowboys were the favorites to win the NFC East, but now their season already looks to be in jeopardy. But then again, Prescott has been a breath of fresh air for the Cowboys and maybe just maybe things aren’t as dire as they seem.
Thus far, Prescott has shown an exceptional level of talent in preseason; in fact he leads the league in preseason passer rating. He’s made good decisions with the football thus far and his athleticism adds another dimension to the Cowboys offense.
At the same time, though, Prescott has been put into a system that is vastly different from what the Cowboys would do with Romo under center. Prescott’s throws haven’t always looked good and he has underthrown a lot of receivers up to this point.
The good news for Cowboys fans though is the fact that – because of their talent on offense – they just need Prescott to take care of the ball and be efficient. They don’t need him to take games over and push the ball down the field.
Behind one of the best offensive lines in football today, the Cowboys are going to look to punish opposing defenses with good ole’ smash mouth football. When Prescott is asked to he has two great veteran pass catchers to target in Jason Witten and Dez Bryant. If Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett can install a simplified scheme that plays to Prescott’s strengths this team still could challenge for a division title.
It’s not an ideal situation, but hope is not lost for the Cowboys.