The Dallas Cowboys’ stellar 2021 campaign keeps on rolling after a stunning overtime victory against the New England Patriots in one of the best games of the season. Dak Prescott worked wonders against Bill Belichick and the New England defense in a wild finish.
Prescott connected with CeeDee Lamb on the walk-off 35-yard touchdown pass to stun New England and the entire crowd in Foxborough. However, after the game, Prescott was spotted wearing a protective boot on his lower leg as he spoke to reports in the post-game press conference.
Dak Prescott bit again by injury bug
Just a year after suffering a devastating season-ending ankle injury, Prescott was spotted with the boot on his leg, and the Cowboys’ faithful held their collective breaths as he underwent an MRI. He was diagnosed with a calf strain after the victory.
On Monday, it was reported that Prescott would miss some time with the calf strain, but the team is hopeful that he can play when they face the Minnesota Vikings on Halloween.
All signs point to Prescott being ready after their bye week, but yet another injury for the Cowboys quarterback could be a tough blow if he can’t recover quickly.
Through the first six weeks, Dallas is far in front of the NFC East and have garnered some Super Bowl consideration as well, primarily due to the play of Prescott.
Prescott makes history against the Patriots
No. 4 was on another level against the Patriots in a shootout on Sunday. Prescott finished the game with a 36-of-51 clip while tossing for 445 yards with three scores and one interception.
He set a record with 445 yards, heading to the top of the list against any Belichick-coached teams. That is impressive, especially considering the number of talented teams Belichick and the Patriots have gone through over the past two decades.
The game-winner to Lamb was the icing on the cake and sent the Dallas sideline into a wild frenzy and a 5-1 mark heading into their break.
Prescott has thrown for 1813 yards on the season with 16 touchdowns and four interceptions, including five games with three or more scoring heaves.
If Dak can stay healthy and be back for the Cowboys’ next game, they could head to the top of the NFC and become the talk of the NFL.
Ezekiel Elliott has bounced back but all eyes are on the quarterback
The Cowboys’ offense has enjoyed a stellar running game from both Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard. After an offseason full of questions, Elliott has silenced everybody.
Elliott has rushed for 521 yards and five scores through six games. In 200, he ran for 979 yards with just six scores. The former Ohio State star is on pace to shatter both those numbers.
Nonetheless, the return of Prescott is the main reason for the emergence of this Dallas team, and the health of Mike McCarthy’s star quarterback will be the main focal point until the end of the month.
The good news, for now, is that he should be ready to roll for a huge matchup against Kirk Cousins and the Vikings. Prescott and the Cowboys have dodged a massive bullet for the time being.
Stats Courtesy of Pro Football Reference