Since Dak Prescott inked his four-year, $160 million deal with the Dallas Cowboys, doubts remained concerning his ability to lead the franchise to success. After the season opener loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Prescott has more than answered the bell by guiding the Cowboys to three straight wins.
The two-time Pro Bowler is the driving force to the Cowboys’ explosive offense. Dallas’ blazing hot start has led Hall of Famer Michael Irvin to praise Prescott with lofty comparisons to Tom Brady.
Dak Prescott leads the Cowboys to a hot start to the 2021 season
Before the 2021 season, questions lingered concerning Prescott‘s health due to returning from a surgically repaired ankle and a shoulder injury that flared up in training camp.
The 28-year-old quickly silenced the doubt behind his stellar play as he’s guided the Cowboys atop the NFC East with a 3-1 record. Prescott has led the offense as he’s tied for third with 10 passing touchdowns, completing 75.2% of his passes, and holds a 116.9 passer rating.
He has three games with at least three touchdown passes and a passer rating above 100. He’s coming off tossing four touchdown passes in the impressive Week 4 win over the previously undefeated Carolina Panthers.
Prescott is on pace to record a career-high 40 touchdown passes along with 4,264 passing yards. His strong start also has a former Cowboys great bouncing off the walls with excitement, leading him to voice lofty praise.
Cowboys legend Michael Irvin drops bold take about Dak Prescott by comparing him to Tom Brady
Prescott‘s strong start to the 2021 season has quickly garnered much praise.
Former Cowboys’ great Michael Irvin jumped at the chance to compliment the Pro Bowl quarterback. During his appearance on ESPN’s First Take on Monday, he voiced that he believes the 28-year-old is playing the most like Tom Brady.
“[Dak Prescott] is the most like Tom Brady we have in the NFL,” Irvin said. “He can win any kind of way he needs to win a football game. He can beat you throwing the ball all over the field. He can lead his group and raise his group. He is a leader. He’s an emotional leader from the quarterback position.
“It’s the same thing we use to have with Tom Brady saying, “What receiver was that? Who is Cedric Wilson catching a touchdown? Remember we were saying all these things with Tom Brady when he was coming up. Dak has the same ability. All those players that come around, the Shultz and Jarwins, he can reach inside those kids pull out their kings. He’s not just great shoulders down but shoulders up and he’s great right in the middle in the heart.”
Irvin’s comments certainly possess a bit of bias, given his strong connection to his former team. However, Prescott is certainly playing at a high level. He has the Cowboys’ offense humming as the centerpiece while further embracing his leadership role.
He’s doing everything the franchise envisioned he would months after inking his historic $160 million deal. The comparisons to Brady are a bit much at this point, but if he can sustain the ability to lift his teammates, it will be a fair assessment.
Over the last few seasons, he’s truly taken off as a passer, and that trend will need to continue to prove Irvin right.
Cowboys are eyeing more than a playoff berth
The Cowboys’ blazing start to the 2021 season has the team in a promising position, but plenty more hurdles lie ahead.
Dallas is certainly in the driver’s seat to capture their first NFC East division title in three years. However, the schedule doesn’t ease up outside the division with matchups against the New England Patriots, Minnesota Vikings, Denver Broncos, Las Vegas Raiders, Kansas City Chiefs, and New Orleans Saints.
The Cowboys will likely be favored in nearly all those games, but it won’t be easy sledding. If Dallas can avoid the injury bug, a pathway to the playoffs sits ahead with a chance to do much more than hosting a postseason game.