Some teams have a gaping hole or a never-ending carousel at quarterback. Luckily for the Cowboys, they are not one of those teams.
Dak Prescott enters his seventh season in 2022 and is coming off one of his best campaigns. Last season, he threw for 4,449 yards, a franchise-record 37 touchdowns and just 10 interceptions. He also recorded a 68.8 completion percentage and a passer rating of 104.2, both of which ranked top-5 in the NFL.
Having one of the NFL's better quarterbacks means Dallas will have the quarterback advantage in most of its games in 2022. Here's a list of those games, plus the ones where the Cowboys will either have a slight or significant disadvantage at quarterback:
Advantage: Bears, Colts, Commanders, Eagles, Giants, Jaguars, Lions, Texans, Titans, Vikings
One perk of having a high-end quarterback on your team is your opponent likely has a worse quarterback. This is the case with the majority of games on Dallas’ schedule.
The Cowboys will have a significant advantage over the Bears, Texans and Jaguars. They have young, second-year quarterbacks who haven’t proven themselves in the NFL yet in Chicago’s Justin Fields, Houston’s Davis Mills and Jacksonville’s Trevor Lawrence. Philadelphia’s Jalen Hurts is entering his third season, but his second as the Eagles’ starter. He’s got potential but still has ways to go before reaching Prescott.
The Giants and Lions employ young veterans like Daniel Jones and Jared Goff, respectively. Jones has never been at Prescott’s level, while Goff’s best days are likely already behind him. The Colts will also start a veteran at quarterback in 37-year-old Matt Ryan. He’s still a quality starter, but his skill has declined since his MVP season in 2016. Ryan has also lost to Prescott’s Cowboys twice in the last two seasons.
The Prescott vs. Carson Wentz debate has long been settled, with the former coming out on top a while back. The new Washington quarterback improved from 2020 to 2021, but he’s still a tier below Prescott. Tennessee’s Ryan Tannehill is serviceable but likely won’t lead the Titans to a championship. Tennessee already has his potential replacement lined up in rookie Malik Willis.
The closest quarterback to Prescott here is Minnesota’s Kirk Cousins. The advantage isn’t as big here, but it’s still an advantage. Weirdly, Cousins has beaten Prescott head-to-head but has lost to two Dallas backup quarterbacks in Andy Dalton and Cooper Rush.
Toss-up: Bengals, Rams
Prescott and Cincinnati’s Joe Burrow had nearly identical production last season. Burrow threw for 4,611 yards, 34 touchdowns and 14 interceptions, while Prescott threw for 4,449 yards, 37 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.
Meanwhile, Stafford is a high-volume, high-risk passer. His 41 touchdowns ranked second in the NFL in 2021, but his 17 interceptions were the most of any quarterback.
All three of Prescott, Stafford and Burrow are on a similar level ability-wise, but the latter two made the Super Bowl last season. The Bengals and Rams won’t have a significant advantage at quarterback when they play Dallas, making these games a toss-up.
Disadvantage: Buccaneers, Packers
Both have also had massive success against the Cowboys in their careers. Rodgers is 8-2 against Dallas since becoming the Packers’ starter, while Brady is a perfect 6-0 against the Cowboys. It’s safe to say Dallas will not have the QB advantage against these teams.