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Dak Prescott has message for Cowboys’ critics after dominant win

Dak Prescott

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

Dak Prescott

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

Dak Prescott

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

Dak Prescott

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.

Mike McCarthy shares troubling update on Dak Prescott’s calf injury

Dak Prescott

Dak Prescott has been optimistic that he can play on Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings despite suffering a calf injury less than two weeks ago, but it sounds like the Dallas Cowboys star is trending toward sitting out.

Prescott ramped up his intensity level in Thursday’s practice, and it did not go particularly well. Mike McCarthy told reporters that the quarterback’s calf was sore on Friday morning. The Cowboys coach hinted that Prescott could be forced to sit out against Minnesota.

Cooper Rush has been handling the bulk of first-team reps in Prescott’s place. McCarthy noted that Prescott “wants to play,” but the Cowboys are obviously going to heir on the side of caution.

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.

The Cowboys had a bye last week, which gave Prescott extra time to recover. The fact that he is still experiencing soreness is not a great sign.

Dak Prescott has interesting theory on cause of calf injury

Dak Prescott

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott is working through a calf injury, and he thinks he knows the root cause.

Prescott is hopeful of playing Sunday against Minnesota as he works his way back from the calf injury he suffered against the New England Patriots before the team’s bye. Prescott said Thursday he believes the injury is directly connected to the broken leg he suffered in 2020.

This was something the Cowboys definitely had to worry about. Prescott may not realize he’s still slightly compensating for the serious injury he suffered last year. That doesn’t mean it isn’t happening, however. This was a fear with his preseason shoulder issue as well, though Prescott had a different explanation for that.

Fortunately for Prescott and the Cowboys, the injury does not sound serious. Despite that, he’s not quite a sure thing for Sunday just yet.

Dak Prescott suffered injury on Cowboys’ game-winning play

Dak Prescott

The Dallas Cowboys scored a dramatic overtime win against the New England Patriots on Sunday, but the final play of the game was not quite perfect.

Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott suffered a right calf strain on his game-winning touchdown pass in overtime. Prescott will be further evaluated.

It’s not ideal for Dallas, but it remains to be seen how severe it is. The good news is the Cowboys are heading into their bye week, which should afford Prescott ample time to heal up and be good to go in two weeks for their Oct. 31 trip to Minnesota.

Any soreness Prescott has in that area has to be looked at carefully, considering the fractured right ankle he suffered last season. That said, Prescott has said that ankle isn’t something that occupies his thoughts anymore, and there’s no indication it’s caused anything significant here either.

Dak Prescott loses touchdown on fumble after bad call on play before

Dak Prescott leaps over the pile

The New England Patriots created one heck of a game-changing turnover on Sunday after getting some help from the referees.

The Dallas Cowboys were on the goal line with a minute and a half left in the second quarter at New England. Dallas was down 14-10 and had an obvious chance to take the lead. On third down, Dallas gave the ball to Dak Prescott for a quarterback sneak. He appeared to get into the end zone pretty convincingly, but the officials said he was short.

Then on 4th-and-goal, Prescott took the snap and leaped over the pile towards the end zone. But Ja’Whaun Bentley knocked the ball loose and caused a fumble.

Though the officials initially signaled touchdown, a review showed that Prescott lost possession before breaking the plane of the goal line.

New England was awarded the ball through a fumble.

What a terrible sequence for the Cowboys. They got robbed of a touchdown on third down, then they lost a fumble on fourth down. What a bad break.

Michael Irvin has wild hot take about Dak Prescott

Michael Irvin

Dak Prescott has played extremely well through the first four games of the season, especially when you consider that he had surgery last year after suffering a gruesome ankle injury. Dallas Cowboys legend Michael Irvin does not think the success is a coincidence, to say the least.

Irvin said on ESPN’s “First Take” Monday that he would take Prescott over any quarterback in the NFL other than Tom Brady. The Hall of Famer believes Prescott is “the most like Tom Brady we have in the NFL” because of his leadership qualities and ability to win games in a variety of ways.

“He can win any kind of way he needs to win a football game,” Irvin said. “He can beat you throwing the ball all over the field. He can lead his group and raise his group. He is a leader.”

There aren’t many people who would take Prescott over Patrick Mahomes or Aaron Rodgers. Some probably wouldn’t even rank him ahead of Russell Wilson and Josh Allen. Part of Irvin’s new job with “First Take” is to make outlandish statements, and you might classify his Prescott take as one of those.

We saw how important Prescott is to the Cowboys after he suffered his season-ending injury last year. He has a passer rating of 116.9 through four games, so he’s playing at an extremely high level. But until he makes a deep playoff run, the Brady comparisons are probably a bit premature.

For what it’s worth, Irvin isn’t the only one to make an extremely flattering Prescott comparison in recent weeks.

H/T Crabman

Matt Rhule compares Dak Prescott to Peyton Manning, Drew Brees

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If you want to find someone who is a big Dak Prescott fan, look no further than Matt Rhule.

Rhule’s 3-0 Carolina Panthers will visit Prescott’s 2-1 Dallas Cowboys in Week 4 on Sunday. Rhule on Wednesday talked about the Cowboys and singled out Prescott as a source of compliments.

Rhule said the Cowboys’ offense begins with Prescott, whom he compared to Peyton Manning and Drew Brees with how well he is operating.

Those are some serious compliments. And Rhule noted the stats back it up; Prescott is the second-fastest QB this season in getting the ball out of his hand.

Through three games, Prescott has passed for 878 yards, six touchdown passes and two interceptions this season. His 77.5 completion percentage leads the league.

Rhule will be trying to put a dent into those stats on Sunday.