Dak Prescott and the Cowboys' offense have faced questions all season long, with many people wondering if this offense was ever going to put it together, and if they were good enough to win games without having to rely on the defense.
Those questions seemed to have been answered, as Dak Prescott and the Cowboys' offense were firing on all cylinders during their 49-29 victory over the Chicago Bears.
The Cowboys' offense scored six touchdowns and fixed their third down miscues, converting on 81.82% of every third down in the game. Dak Prescott and the Cowboys' offense marched down the field on their first four drives, scoring 28 points and were manhandling the Chicago Bears defense in the process. Dak Prescott finished the day with a prolific stat record, completing 21 of his 27 passes for 250 yards, two touchdowns, and a rushing touchdown.
Eyebrows have been raised over the last two seasons when Dak Prescott returned from his ankle injury he suffered in 2020, wondering when offensive coordinator Kellen Moore would utilize Dak Prescott's rushing ability in the running game. Well, the Cowboys finally re-discovered Prescott's athletic abilities, as Prescott rushed for 34 yards on five attempts with one touchdown. When the Cowboys get Dak Prescott going and utilizing his legs, that amplifies this Cowboys' offense and the play-calling possibilities become endless for Kellen Moore.
Dak Prescott's performance showcased exactly what the difference is between himself and backup quarterback Cooper Rush. Prescott was slicing through the Bears' secondary all game and making throws that Rush simply couldn't. Take a look at the toughness from Prescott on his QB sneak that went for 25 yards in the second quarter:
Dak Prescott brings a toughness and a gritty mentality to this team. When the Cowboys' offense sees their leader tuck his head and bulldoze through defenders for a long gain – you know they are ready for war.
When the Cowboys had the #1 offense in the league last year, the Cowboys were averaging 31.2 points-per-game. This year without Dak Prescott under center, the Cowboys didn't score over 25 points one time without Prescott in the lineup. In just his second game back from his thumb injury he suffered in week one, Prescott helped this team put up 49 points.
The Chicago Bears' defense came into this game as the second ranked defense in the league against the pass, and they simply had no answers for Prescott and the Cowboys' offense. What we saw from the Cowboys on Sunday should be all the validation we needed to know going into the second half of the season.
As “The Dak Knight” continues to rise for the Cowboys' and their offense, this performance will serve as proof that this Cowboys' team is a juggernaut and they are striking fear into the rest of the league.