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Despite a terrible start to the season, the Dallas Cowboys are in the NFL playoffs for the first time since 2016. Mostly, they have their quarterback Dak Prescott to thank for that.
Prescott spent the first month of the season being blamed for the Cowboys' struggles, failing to throw for more than 200 yards and led them to only 41 points in the first three games. However, Dallas added top wideout Amari Cooper right before Week 8 and Prescott's stats skyrocketed as a result. From that point forward, Prescott averaged 274.2 passing yards per game and threw 14 touchdowns with only four interceptions in nine games.
The Cowboys will now take on the Seattle Seahawks in the Wild Card round, and those two teams have more in common at the quarterback position than one might think.
Dak has essentially been the same exact player that Russell Wilson was in his first three seasons in the league. Prescott is actually the better passer with 10,876 yards compared to Wilson's 9,950. Wilson is the better runner, nearly doubling Prescott's yardage on the ground with 1,877 yards to 944.
Both players played with a dominant running back and stout defenses in their first three years. Wilson's defense was one of the best in the league's history, though, and this Cowboys defense isn't nearly as intimidating. Dak did just as much with less talent around him and still managed to have a 32-16 record, compared to Wilson's 36-12 through three seasons.
In bringing the Cowboys back to the playoffs this year, Prescott threw for 3,885 yards and 22 touchdowns while completing 67.7 percent of his passes. He also ran for 305 yards and six touchdowns. Those stats actually out-perform Wilson's 3,475 passing yards and 20 touchdowns in his third season, although he rushed for 849 yards and six touchdowns that season.
Honestly, the only thing that Dak hasn't done in his first three years is win a Super Bowl. And who knows? That could wind up happening at some point in the near future.
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