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    Vikings Coach Says it’s Harder to Plan for Cowboys w/o Dak Prescott

    In a media session today, Mike Zimmer said that it's more challenging to prepare for the now without Dak Prescott. As the two teams prepare to meet in Week 11, what did Zimmer mean by that remark and does it really make sense?

    The Cowboys have been without Prescott since he suffered a major lower leg in Week 5 and don't expect him back this year. Then backup was injured two weeks later, and since then we've seen and get starting opportunities.

    Dalton's return as starting QB has been confirmed for this Sunday.

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    Is there any merit to what Coach Zimmer is asserting?  Are his Vikings having a harder time preparing for the Cowboys this week than they would if Prescott was still active?

    It's really a matter of perspective. There is validity to Zimmer's statement; there's only about two games worth of footage of Dalton as Cowboys QB in this system, and even less of DiNucci and Gilbert if they were to get called into the game.

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    Different passers bring their different tendencies, strengths, and weaknesses to any offense. The end result is a hybrid of that quarterback's style of play and the system as its originally designed.

    So yes, from that standpoint, Minnesota has had less tape to study and more variables to process in their prep for the Cowboys this week. There's even less film of Dallas' offense with both Andy Dalton and on the field together (Martin missed nearly all of Dalton's two starts), giving Andy a better to help make things function.

    That being said, no other Cowboys QB comes close to challenging a the way Dak Prescott does. No matter what issues his absence is giving the Vikings in practice and meetings this week, their job will be easier Sunday without Dak on the field.

    Prescott's versatility on the field makes him hard enough to plan for in his own right. Even a very elaborate chart of all Dak's tendencies doesn't account for those times he makes something out of nothing with his toughness as a runner.

    Unfortunately, the Cowboys will be have to make something out of this season without their starting quarterback. And regardless of what Mike Zimmer says, that goal will be tougher this Sunday and every other week until Dak Prescott returns.

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    Jess Haynie
    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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    Mr T.

    Is that what it says or is Dak predictable?

    VAM

    Zimmer talked about his game plan for a QB other than Prescott. Yet the article talks more about Prescott than the other QBs. Rehashing his injury, how it will be tougher w/o him, how much better he is, etc.

    Andy Dalton is the new starting QB right now. Let’s stop the doom and gloom, and move forward with what we have now. Fight with what you have, to the end.

    Rodney J Henry

    I prefer Gilbert at the Helm because he can get out of the pocket and throw on the ball on the run,and seems like he’s comfortable with this system and Wr’s.