Dak Prescott had quite the eventful offseason, and not in a good way. Not only did he not get the long-term lucrative contract he was seeking, but he had to deal with the unfortunate suicide of his older brother Jace which led to him dealing with depression and anxiety.
However, after a career year in 2019 in which he finished second in passing yards (4,902) and fourth in touchdown passes (30), Prescott is off to an even better start in 2020. According to CBS Sports HQ, Prescott leads the NFL in passing yards, yards per game, completions, attempts, completions per game, and attempts per game through the first three weeks of the season.
In the midst of this hot start, Prescott has set a few records along the way. In the Cowboys 20-point comeback victory over the Atlanta Falcons in Week 2, he became the first player in league history to pass for 400 yards and score three rushing touchdowns in the same game. Also, he tied former Cowboys signal-caller Tony Romo for the most 400-yard games in team history with five.
Last week, albeit in a loss to the Seattle Seahawks, Prescott continued to put his name in the record books. His 472 yards gave him six games over 400 for his career, establishing a new franchise record. In addition to that, he became the first quarterback in team history with consecutive 400-yard passing performances.
Although Prescott’s interception after miraculously escaping a sack ended the Cowboys comeback chances against the Seahawks, he still wants the ball in his hands when all the chips are on the table, as he explained to the media postgame.
“I’m never gonna shy away from the moment of having the ball in my hands, having a chance to win the game,” Prescott said, per Jon Machota of The Athletic. “I want to make those throws. … We’ll have some tough practices, pay attention to the details, and we’ll change this thing around. We got a long way to go.”
Not only is Prescott balling out of his mind but he’s also spreading the wealth. Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup, and rookie CeeDee Lamb each have at least 230 yards in the first three games and are all on pace to reach the 1,000-yard plateau. If they continue this pace, they’ll be the first trio to do so since Larry Fitzgerald, Anquan Boldin, and Steve Breaston of the 2008 Arizona Cardinals.
There’s a long way to go in the 2020 NFL season but Prescott continues to prove that he’s worth every penny he’ll eventually get paid and that the doubts about his ability are pretty silly at this point.