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Despite Missed Week, Dak Prescott Still Leads NFL in Passing Yards

No matter what certain “experts” said prior to last night’s game, the Dallas Cowboys certainly missed Dak Prescott in their blowout loss to the Arizona Cardinals. That reality is driven home even more today when you look at the NFL statistical leaders, where Prescott is still leading the league in passing yards despite missing one game and nearly half of another.

Dak put up 1,856 yards in Weeks 1-5 for a jaw-dropping 371.2 average. If you adjust that to reflect missing the second half of the Giants game, the number is well above 400 yards per game.

That total is still good for first place among all NFL passers after Week 6. Matt Ryan isn’t far behind with 1,843 yards and a few others are in the 1,700s. But they’ve all had about six extra quarters of football to get their numbers.

For quarterbacks who’ve only played in five games so far in 2020, Russell Wilson is the next-closest to Dak with 1,502 yards.

If you weren’t already appreciating it prior to his absence, Dak Prescott was clearly having a special season in terms of passing production. He was on pace to smash the single-season record for a Cowboys quarterback (4,903 yards by Tony Romo in 2012) and perhaps even the all-time NFL record of 5,477 yards by Peyton Manning in 2013.

Sure, some of those big numbers were due to continuous comeback situations and going up against prevent defenses. The production rate would have slowed down if Dallas was more competitive in games.

Nevertheless, it’s a notable anomaly that we get to enjoy for at least a few more days. It’s also a sobering reminder, especially after last night, that the Cowboys have something special at the QB position in Dak Prescott.

Let’s hope they remember that this offseason.

What do you think?

Jess Haynie

Written by Jess Haynie

Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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  1. I understand the need to produce articles of some interest. But Prescott is not our QB NOW. He will not be till maybe next year. Is Dalton better than Prescott, NO. If he were better, he would not be the back up. Are back ups supposed to be better than starters? NO. But has Prescott’s gaudy stats equate to wins? NO. In fact in 4.5 games this year, he has one win to his name, BY DEFAULT. Falcons GIFT WRAPPED THAT WIN AND HANDED IT TO US. And really that is the only thing that counts in my book, WINS. I understand the “TEAM SPORT” part of the equation, but personally I do not care if Prescott throws for 1,000 yards per game, if we DON’T WIN GAMES. For some reason, writers here seem to put a big onus on Prescott’s personal achievements.

    I will probably get excoriated again, I don’t care. Prescott has one playoff win to his name in FOUR PLUS YEARS.

    Is that SPECIAL?. NO!

  2. The key is that Dak was holding together a terrible team and winning above overall team talent. He made everyone on the team better. Without him, we saw the team just deflate.
    Dak made a 3 win team into an 8 win team …no, no one wins a SB with a 3 win team but Dak made everyone compete and demanded best effort, We all saw Elliott run out of bounds whenever a tackler got close. That is the lack of heart at Elliott’s core . Dak demanded Elliot and everyone play with heart, even those who really are not talented.

  3. Vam…. Like you said, this is a TEAM SPORT…. So it’s this TEAM that has one playoff win in 4 years!! Dak can’t do it all himself!! He can’t play defense and he can’t play offensive line or RB or receiver or any of that, he can only play QB, and that’s it!! So it’s not all on him as to why we only have 1 playoff win in 4 years!! And in case you can’t figure it out by this last game without Dak, his numbers aren’t so GAUDY as you say cause if it were so easy to get those yards in every game then we would have seen Dalton do it against the cardinals, but all we got from him was 266 yards and 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions!! And the writers here write about Daks personal achievements cause they are his personal accomplishments!! The whole team can’t throw the football for that many yards and have those kind of stats, only Dak can!! Now the only stats that can be put on the TEAM are the wins and losses And yards allowed per game and pressures allowed per game…. Something Dak has nothing to do with!! And you wonder why you get EXCORIATED…. It’s cause you keep trying to put TEAM stats on just one player and it just don’t work that way!! And you were half right the first time…. This TEAM has one playoff win in the last 4 years…. This is the 5th year of Daks career with the cowboys and the playoffs hasn’t started yet, so therefore they’ve only had 4 chances to go to the playoffs with Dak!!

  4. IF THIS TEAM DID THEIR JOB HALF AS WELL AS DAK DOES HIS TOM BRADY WOULDNT HAVE HALF HIS SB RINGS COZ DAK WOULD HAVE THEM AND THE DALLAS COWBOYS WOULD BE 8 OF11 IN SB PLAY!!!

  5. NIGHT OWL COWBOY CHRIS HENEGAN SAYS DAK IS HALL OF FAME MATERIAL! WHICH ALL THAT COUNTS IS WHAT YOU DID SO I SAY TO A DAK HATER… MARINO,JIM KELLY,MOON,FRANK TARKINTON AND MORE THAT HAVE SOMETHING IN COMMON WITH DAK & ROMO

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