The Dallas Cowboys face the New York Giants on Sunday in a game that feels important game for the Dallas Cowboys as a whole. The organization, after going 18-6 through a season and a half from 2016 to the first part of 2017 is now 4-5 in their last nine games. For Dak Prescott in particular, the pressure continues to rise after an underwhelming start to the 2018 season.
Many of us were looking forward to the beginning of the 2018 season as a way of erasing from our collective Cowboys Nation memories the mostly horrendous second half of 2018. Week one against the Carolina Panthers did nothing to help us forget some of the putrid play we saw late last season.
Week two is a huge week for Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys offense. Many of us thought Dak was a franchise caliber quarterback. Therefore, it shouldn't be so obvious that having the ball in Prescott's hands is the key to victory for an opposing defense.
Speaking to the media yesterday, New York Giants Safety Landon Collins admitted as much.
Landon Collins knows the importance of stopping Ezekiel Elliott. He thinks if they put the ball in Dak Prescott's hands, "I think we have a better shot of winning." #Giants https://t.co/1uKIptk4aN
What Landon Collins said isn't necessarily disrespect toward Dak Prescott, but that he's willing to go on camera and say what everyone else is thinking is definitely a sign of what the league thinks about Dak Prescott. We all know that the key to stopping the Dallas Cowboys is stopping Ezekiel Elliott and the running game. That is their identity. What we don't know usually hear from an opposing player is that they want the ball in Prescott's hands.
Dak Prescott's doubters seem to be growing. It's a shocking turn of events from where we sat a year ago this time.
After week one last year, Dak Prescott had answered the "Can he beat the Giants?" question. He was on top of the world in the first half of the season having gone toe to toe with Aaron Rodgers in a loss where both teams scored 30+ points.
The growing chorus of "Dak isn't a franchise player" is becoming too loud to ignore and it's becoming exceedingly important for Prescott to reassert himself as the franchise quarterback that many in Cowboys Nation thought he was this time a year ago and think he is still.
The great thing about the NFL is that when things seem down, there is another chance to prove yourself right around the corner. Thankfully the NFL season is more than one game long and a team has more than one opportunity to prove itself.
However, in the NFL, teams that start the season 0-2 have made the playoffs only 10% of the time. The New York Giants and the Dallas Cowboys both 0-1 heading into week two.
That makes this week two game very important to the playoff aspirations of the Dallas Cowboys and perhaps the career of Dak Prescott. Another poor showing could have this franchise beginning to look to the 2019 NFL Draft for its next signal caller.
The boo birds and the doubters are circling and the pressure is rising for Dak Prescott.
Dak, however, has always seemed to be the guy who performed best when the challenges were the greatest.
Dak Prescott stepped in as a rookie and helped lead the Dallas Cowboys to a 13-3 record his rookie season and home field advantage throughout the NFC Playoffs. He did so with five fourth quarter comebacks and five game winning drives in 2016.
In 2017, he added four game winning drives.
After the Dallas Cowboys went down 21-3 to the Green Bay Packers in the 2016 NFC Divisional Playoff game, Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys offense went on a tear and nearly completed an improbable comeback. Were it not for an incredible Aaron Rodgers to Jared Cook completion along the left sideline -- after an uncalled hold on the Green Bay offensive line -- and a big time Mason Crosby kick, the Dallas Cowboys would have been playing for the NFC Championship.
The New York Giants may want Dak Prescott to be the one to beat them come Sunday, but if we know anything about Dak Prescott, he wants to be the one to beat them. He hasn't shied away from a challenge yet and when the pressure has mounted in his short career, he's had enough moments where he's risen above the pressures for us to believe that he can do it again.
Week two of the 2018 NFL season won't be any different. The New York Giants defensive approach is probably the right one. Dak Prescott has struggled for seven of his last nine games.
However, knowing what we know about Dak, he'll rise above it and put forth a performance that helps everyone forget about week one.
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Do you think Dak Prescott has a bounce back game week two against the New York Giants?
BREAKING: Dallas Cowboys Sign Free Agent Safety George Iloka
The Dallas Cowboys have reached a one-year agreement with Safety George Iloka, according to ESPN's Todd Archer. Iloka spent 2018 with the Vikings after six years with the Bengals.
He's started 79 of his 99 career games since being a fifth-round pick by Cincinnati in 2012. Iloka turns 29 years old next week.
The Cowboys have agreed to a one-year deal with safety George Iloka, according to a source. Iloka met with the Cowboys on Friday and was the third safety to meet with the club during the week along with Clayton Geathers and Eric Berry. The Cowboys have... https://t.co/JB5nJLWepc
This isn't the safety that most Cowboys fans wanted. After over a year of pining for Earl Thomas, sights turned to Eric Berry after his free agent visit in Dallas last week.
However, it makes sense that Iloka would be attractive to the Cowboys. At 6'4" and 225 lbs, he fits the physical mold of what Defensive Backs Coach Kris Richard likes in his players. He also is younger than than Berry and Thomas without the same recent injury issues.
Iloka becomes one of many Boise St. products on Dallas' roster, joining Tyrone Crawford, DeMarcus Lawrence, Leighton Vander Esch, and others. He entered the league with college teammates Crawford and Kellen Moore, the Cowboys' new offensive coordinator, in 2012.
We'll have to wait and see how George Iloka fits into the current mix at safety with Jeff Heath and Xavier Woods. He spent most of 2018 as a backup with Minnesota, but Dallas will likely give him a chance to start.
BREAKING: Cowboys Sign Ex-Packers WR Randall Cobb
According to multiple sources, the Dallas Cowboys have signed former Green Bay Packers Wide Receiver Randall Cobb to a one-year deal to help bolster their depth at the WR position and potentially become Cole Beasley's replacement.
Cowboys are giving former Packers' WR Randall Cobb a one-year, $5 million deal, per source. https://t.co/8KWFPjSP8T
The Dallas Cowboys met with Randall Cobb earlier this week, but he eventually left Dallas without a contract. He must've had a change of heart or just needed time to ponder the Cowboys offer, but regardless of what transpired in that short time he is now part of America's Team.
During his time with the Packers, Cobb accumulated 470 receptions for 5,524 receiving yards and 41 touchdowns. The eight-year veteran will now be expected to replace some of Cole Beasley's production out of the slot for the Dallas Cowboys.
After years of watching Beasley as the Cowboys slot WR, it will be really interesting to see Randall Cobb in that role. He's not as quick twitched as No. 11, but can be just as dangerous due to his ability to be more of a down the field receiver. He also brings added value in the return game and could compete with Tavon Austin to become the return specialist.
This could mean the Cowboys forgo drafting a wide receiver early in the 2019 NFL Draft, but I wouldn't put it past them. Regardless of what happens, this is an excellent addition.
Welcome to Cowboys Nation Randall Cobb!
REPORT: Dallas Cowboys Re-sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur
L.P. Ladouceur is returning for his 15th season as the Cowboys' long snapper. The veteran free agent was re-signed by Dalals today to a one-year deal.
Thanks to Jason Witten's one-year sabbatical with Monday Night Football, Ladouceur has now been with the Cowboys for more consecutive seasons than any current player. He just turned 38 last week, but Louis-Philippe remains one of the top long snappers in football.
The Cowboys have signed long-snapper L.P. Ladouceur to a one-year deal worth $1.03 million and $90,000 in bonus money, but he will count $735,000 against the cap. This will be Ladouceur's 15th season with the Cowboys, tying Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Mark... https://t.co/2iDsi6RX7e
Retaining Ladouceur is an underrated move for the Cowboys given their situation at kicker.
Brett Maher was only 80% accurate overall on field goals last year. The team could be considering an upgrade in free agency.
Whether they bring Maher back or try someone new, having a long snapper with Ladouceur's performance perfection will make things much easier for them.
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