Evaluating The Eagles Game From A Dak Prescott And Tony Romo Perspective

    It is not easy for rookie quarterbacks to come into the NFL and win games, but somebody forgot to tell that to through his first seven games as the Cowboys starter.

    Though he is 6-1, with his team sitting atop the , its certainly fair to say that Prescott has made his fair share of rookie mistakes and gone through some struggles as the league catches on to his weaknesses.

    Perhaps no team has frustrated Prescott more this season than the , who most recently held him to 287 yards and a 48.7% completion percentage. Prescott persevered for another victory, and led a clean game-winning drive in overtime, but a deeper dive into the tape from this game revealed that the score may not have been as close with at .

    Forcing the Rookie to Beat Them with His Arm Strength

    While watching this game live, it looked like the Eagles brought some of their signature pressures to try to confuse Prescott as they have done to so many quarterbacks this season.

    On the Cowboys' opening drive, the Eagles faked most of these blitzes, opting to drop into coverage and trust their defensive front.

    With tons of bracket coverage, Philadelphia wanted to see Prescott make tough throws that we have become accustomed to seeing Romo toss with perfection, but plenty of Prescott's passes were far from perfect. In the above picture, Prescott was incomplete to Beasley, on a throw that has become a staple of this – running Beasley hard underneath a deep clearing route by .

    A lot of Prescott's struggles were because of his footwork and mechanics, but when he did shore these things up we saw dimes like these to Dez Bryant.

    In single high coverage, Prescott gave his best play maker a chance to go get a ball, and Bryant did just that.

    Inconsistent, Prescott's footwork took points off the scoreboard a number of times in this game, as you see above on a missed throw to . Again, it is important to note that the Eagles gave Prescott some clean pockets to throw from – ones that we typically see Tony surgically tear apart defenses from.

    Unfortunately, we cannot drop Romo into this vacuum and watch him throw against these exact defenses, but I still do believe that Dallas could have separated from Philadelphia by a wide margin on the scoreboard with #9 under .

    How Dak Prescott Won This Game

    The deciding plays in this game from Prescott and the Cowboys offense came because of his mobility, a factor of Romo's game that we expect to be limited when he does return to action.

    There was also the read option and play option designs that used to play both Dak Prescott and to their strengths.

    Prescott held off a safety on this throw with his eyes down the seam, before stepping into a strong throw that was on time to Bryant. Later in the game, we saw more of the poise and athletic ability that Prescott has won over with, especially with plays like these:

    Elliott picks up the blitz in the face of Prescott, allowing him to patiently climb the pocket and get the ball to Williams with a chance to run after the catch. Few rookie quarterbacks ever get to play in an offense as complete and talented as this one, and when Prescott has been at his best, he's played like a young QB that realizes this at all times – distributing the ball around and allowing his guys to win for him.

    Plays that Romo DEFINITELY Makes

    For another film breakdown piece a few weeks ago, I watched every single drop back and throw from Tony Romo in 2015, and offered a realistic analysis of what the aging quarterback is still capable of in Reel Talk: What Can Tony Romo Still Do? The Answers From His 2015 Tape.

    You can decide for yourself if Romo makes throws like these:

    The ball to Bryant could have ensured that this game never went to overtime, and a better throw to Beasley would have resulted in a field-position-flipping run after the catch.

    Getting the Job Done: Dak Comes Through in the Clutch

    In the end, Dak Prescott won this football game, which is is undeniably the most important thing to remember through all of this analysis. As long as Prescott continues to win games, he will deserve the praise and accolades he receives.

    This Dallas roster has been built to compete for some time now, but the last contending Cowboys team we saw was the 2014 Romo-led . For now, we have the Prescott-led 2016 Cowboys, and wow have they taken us on quite the enjoyable ride.

    The only remaining question for this team is whether or not Tony Romo can also make this team just as successful this season. After studying Dak Prescott against the Eagles, I think Romo can make them even better.

    Romo can make a 6-1 team being led by two rookies even better, and once he comes back and does, Prescott will be patiently waiting in the wings to get another shot to lead this team.

    The Chicago Cubs won the World Series while I wrote this. ANYTHING is possible.

    Weigh in, Cowboys Nation! Leave a comment below to share what you saw from Dak Prescott in Week 8, and if you believe that Tony Romo is still the best QB to carry this team? You can also email me at

    Sean Martin
    Sean Martin
    Born January 28th, 1996- Cowboys Super Bowl XXX. Point Boro Panther, Montclair State Red Hawk, and most importantly a proud member of Cowboys Nation! I host "Upon Further Review" on 90.3 WMSC FM and every Friday from 1-4 PM ET. Twitter: @SeanMartinNFL.


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    Brian Martin

    Excellent work Sean! #TeamMartin