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Cowboys’ season ends on horrendous final play call for Dak Prescott

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What in the heck were the Dallas Cowboys thinking? That’s all that can be asked after seeing the way their 23-17 loss to the San Francisco 49ers went down on Sunday.

The Cowboys got the ball back with 32 seconds left and needed to go 80 yards to win. They moved the ball quickly with three straight passes, bringing up a 2nd-and-1 at the 49ers 41.

That’s when the Cowboys did something inexplicable.

Despite not having any timeouts left, Dallas called a quarterback draw. Dak Prescott rushed up the middle for a gain of 17 yards. But by the time the official fought through the players to spot the ball for the next play, time had expired, and the game ended.

CBS’ Tony Romo was all over the call. He knew that the official had to spot the ball before the Cowboys could spike. The official took a while getting down to the ball to set it, meaning the time ticked away before Dallas could stop the clock. By the time the ball was spotted, time had expired.

Those were the exact risks with calling such a play, and exactly why you don’t call a run up the middle with no timeouts left. There wasn’t enough time to do that.

Prescott should have got down sooner to save more time. Even if he did, the entire situation was way too risky.

Dallas had time for a few shots down the field. Why not try one more pass play to gain an extra 10 yards and get you closer to the end zone? That choice was inexplicable.

Dak Prescott had message for Cowboys after blowout win

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Dak Prescott had a message after his Dallas Cowboys’ 51-26 blowout win over the Philadelphia Eagles on Saturday night.

Prescott went 21/27 for 295 yards and a career-high five touchdowns. Dallas made a point of going hard in the game despite already having the NFC East locked up. Why? The Cowboys believe that approach will best get them ready for the playoffs.

Dallas seems to be highly focused on the postseason. That was evidenced by what Prescott said as he approached the locker room after the win in Philly.

“The real s–t starts now,” Prescott said.

Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy agreed.

That’s the exact kind of mindset you love to see your team have. Dallas seems to have their act together and their focus on the right things.

The Green Bay Packers have already locked up the No. 1 seed in the NFC. Dallas will end up seeded somewhere between 2-4. They seem headed for the four-seed and a matchup with the Cardinals.

Photo: Aug 26, 2017; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) smiles while on the field before the game against the Oakland Raiders at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Jerry Jones did not lie about Cowboys’ plans for Week 18 game

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Jerry Jones was not lying when he talked about his Dallas Cowboys’ plans for their Week 18 game at the Philadelphia Eagles on Saturday night.

One of the big questions teams that have already clinched their divisions entering the final regular season game face is whether they should play starters or give them rest. Jones said prior to Saturday night’s game that he expected quarterback Dak Prescott to play into the fourth quarter.

Jones wasn’t lying.

Prescott remained in the game through a touchdown drive that began in the third quarter and ended with a touchdown early in the fourth. After giving his Cowboys a 37-20 lead thanks to his fifth touchdown pass of the game, Prescott finally was subbed out for Cooper Rush.

Prescott’s final stats were: 21/27 for 295 yards and a career-high five touchdowns.

Jones’ reasoning makes sense. The Cowboys played well on Saturday night, which should give them confidence and momentum entering the playoffs. This was also a good time for Prescott to build his confidence.

Ezekiel Elliott also added some context to the decision.

Photo: Sep 19, 2021; Inglewood, California, USA; Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones before the game against the Los Angeles Chargers at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Jerry Jones offers revised take on Dak Prescott ‘slump’ talk

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Dak Prescott had one of his best games in well over a month in Sunday’s blowout win over Washington. Some might even say the performance was a slump-buster for the Dallas Cowboys star, and it sounds like Jerry Jones would agree.

Prescott and the Cowboys’ offense struggled a bit in the three games prior to Sunday’s win. Jones was asked a couple weeks back if it was fair to say Prescott was in a “slump,” and he offered an honest assessment of his quarterback’s play. During his Tuesday appearance on 105.3 The Fan, Jones was asked if the slump has ended. He had a great reply.

Prescott admitted previously that he was not playing up to his own standards, but he said he didn’t feel like he was in a slump. He reiterated that after going 28/39 for 330 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions in the 56-14 win over Washington.

The “slump” talk clearly took on a life of its own. Jones was merely stating the obvious when he said the Cowboys’ offensive performance had been less than stellar. If the players took that personally, Jones must be happy with how they responded.

One star Cowboys player recently hinted at some frustration with his role in the offense, but Sunday’s blowout victory probably has the entire team feeling a lot better about where they stand.

Photo: Sep 19, 2021; Inglewood, California, USA; Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones before the game against the Los Angeles Chargers at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Dak Prescott pulls off impressive NFL first against Washington

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Dak Prescott was cooking on Sunday against the Washington Football Team and did something that no quarterback in NFL history has ever done before.

The Dallas Cowboys quarterback totally carved up the Washington defense to the tune of 330 yards passing and four touchdowns. He threw touchdown passes to Ezekiel Elliott, Amari Cooper, Dalton Schultz, and even offensive lineman Terence Steele.

According to ESPN Stats & Info, Prescott is now the first quarterback in NFL history to throw a touchdown to a running back, a wide receiver, a tight end, and an offensive lineman in a single game.

The Cowboys, who officially clinched the NFC East earlier in the day thanks to a tiebreaker, completely dominated Washington on both sides of the ball. Prescott took a seat at the end of the third quarter with his team up 49-7. He was replaced by backup Cooper Rush, who made unique history of his own earlier this season.

Photo: Aug 26, 2017; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) smiles while on the field before the game against the Oakland Raiders at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Jerry Jones offers honest take on Dak Prescott’s play

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The Dallas Cowboys came away with wins in their last two games despite Dak Prescott not playing all that well, but they will almost certainly need the quarterback to be better down the stretch. Jerry Jones is not hiding from that.

In his weekly appearance on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas on Tuesday, Jones was asked if he believes Prescott is in a slump. He called that a “fair” assessment but said it is a complicated question. Jones also said the Cowboys’ offense has slipped a bit in recent weeks.

Jones mentioned that the Cowboys looked better several weeks ago, which led to a follow-up question about Prescott’s health. The 28-year-old missed time earlier this season with a calf injury. He also had a shoulder issue at the start of the season and underwent ankle surgery last year. Despite all that, Jones insists Prescott is healthy.

Since he returned from the calf injury on Nov. 7, Prescott has thrown just eight touchdown passes compared to six interceptions in six games. The Cowboys are 3-3 during that stretch.

Prescott had a strong message for Dallas’ critics after a dominant win last month. He and the team’s offense have not played all that well since. Fortunately, they’re three games ahead of Washington in a weak NFC East division.

The Cowboys have gotten away with the inconsistent play thus far. Jones knows they could be looking at another early postseason exit if it continues.

Photo: Sep 19, 2021; Inglewood, California, USA; Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones before the game against the Los Angeles Chargers at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Dak Prescott has message for Cowboys’ critics after dominant win

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Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys heard some of the comments after their loss to Denver last week, and it’s fair to say they felt the need to send a message Sunday.

The Cowboys did so in a 43-3 blowout win over Atlanta on Sunday. That win came a week after a 30-16 defeat to the Broncos, which led Denver coach Vic Fangio to claim that he’d created a blueprint for beating the Dallas offense that other teams hadn’t yet followed.

Prescott said after Sunday’s win that the Falcons had tried some of the same things Denver tried, but it wasn’t a problem for his offense.

“They tried that early,” Prescott said, via Charean Williams of Pro Football Talk. “As I said last week, the reason I wanted it is because we didn’t play a good game. If they think that is the recipe for success against us, then good luck to them. We know what we’re capable of, and I think last week was something we needed in a sense of just refocusing, recentering and realizing this is the NFL and it’s tough. You’ve got to earn it each and every day of practice and you’ve got to come out on Sundays and earn it again.”

In other words, the Cowboys quarterback doesn’t think Fangio actually solved anything. Dallas had a bad week. Things were very different against the Falcons, even in places where the plan was the same.

It didn’t help that the Cowboys had a little extra motivation against Atlanta, whether they were willing to admit it or not.

Photo: Aug 26, 2017; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) smiles while on the field before the game against the Oakland Raiders at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Dak Prescott had funny comment about sideline learning experience

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Dak Prescott will return for the Dallas Cowboys in Week 9 after one week on the sidelines due to a calf injury. That comes as a great relief to him.

Unlike when he was rehabbing his broken ankle in 2020, Prescott was able to take in Sunday night’s win over Minnesota from the sideline and wear the headset. The Cowboys quarterback was asked if there was any learning experience from that, and he had a pretty witty response.

Prescott probably learned that one the hard way already last season. If anything, being at field level but unable to play might have been even worse.

If nothing else, Prescott can look on the bright side. His inability to play provided one family with an incredibly memorable experience. Plus, Dallas won, so things worked out fine.

Dak Prescott expected to start for Cowboys in Week 9

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Dak Prescott did not play in Week 8 due to his calf injury, but he is expected back in Week 9.

Dallas Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy told reporters on Monday that Prescott is expected to practice on Thursday.

Practicing on Thursday should have Prescott on track to play in Sunday’s home game against the Denver Broncos.

The Cowboys quarterback also had a good day on Monday, which suggests he could be able to play soon.

Backup quarterback Cooper Rush started for the Cowboys on Sunday night against the Minnesota Vikings. He passed for 325 yards and two touchdowns, helping get his team a 20-16 win. Dallas has won six in a row since losing the opener to the Bucs.

Photo: Aug 26, 2017; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) smiles while on the field before the game against the Oakland Raiders at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Dak Prescott out against Vikings after testing calf injury

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Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott was hoping to play in Sunday night’s game against the Minnesota Vikings, but he is clearly not 100 percent healthy.

Prescott tested his injured calf during warmups. He did not appear to be favoring either leg, but the Cowboys decided to make him inactive for the game.

Prescott injured his calf two weeks ago against the New England Patriots. Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy said earlier in the week that Prescott was sore after ramping up his intensity during practice, which wasn’t a good sign.

Cooper Rush handled the bulk of first-team reps in practice this week and will start in Prescott’s place.

Prescott has played at a Pro Bowl level this year after his 2020 season was cut short due to a gruesome leg injury. He hinted this week that he believes his latest injury may be related to that one. He should have a good chance to play in Week 9.