Dak Prescott is coming off of one of the best rookie seasons in NFL history. He had the Cowboys on an offensive tear and had Dallas in the playoff hunt. Then, Ezekiel Elliott was suspended and through four games without Zeke, the Cowboys are struggling and are 1-3. The offense has scored 7, 6, 9 and 38 in the last four games. Those numbers are alarming, but let me tell you three reasons why Dak isn’t the problem.
Problem #1: The offensive line has struggled in pass protection.
Dak Prescott has been sacked 15 times in the last four games. That is horrible. It’s hard to get in any rhythm when you’re either running for your life, or lying on your back every time you drop back. I do have to give the line props though because they played a whole lot better in the 38-14 win over the Washington Redskins. If the Cowboys want to win, they are going to have to protect Dak a little better.
Problem #2: The defense
The Cowboys defense has been just atrocious. They have given up big play after big play, and have struggled getting off of the field. I know a lot of you will state the fact that Sean Lee is banged up. He is the leader of the defense, but you have to play the cards you have been dealt. According to NFL.com, Dallas ranks 21st in total defense giving up 23.7 points per game. That’s not the alarming stat…opponents are converting 45% of their 3rd down attempts, which is the second worse in the NFL.
Problem #3: The Suspension
Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott go together like peanut butter and jelly. Zeke makes the Dallas offense roll. He opens up the offense for Dak. He gives Dak the zone read look and the play action passes that he excels on. Although the season is probably over as far as the playoffs look, the Cowboys will be back on top by next season.