Patrick Mahomes just got a massive payday for his play on the field the past two seasons. Dak Prescott, on the other hand, has been trying to get a massive payday all offseason. Prescott hasn’t been as good as Mahomes (who has?), but he is actually second in the NFL to only Mahomes in one crazy stat, which he should use in his negotiations with the Dallas Cowboys.
Patrick Mahomes has been the best QB in the NFL the last two years
Patrick Mahomes has only been a starting quarterback in the NFL for two seasons. He has, however, been dominant in his first two seasons.
In 2018 (the year he won the league’s MVP award), Mahomes ranked second in the NFL in passing yards with 5,097. He also led the entire league in touchdown passes with 50 and was tied for 15th in interception percentage with 2.1%. Additionally, he was second in yards gained per attempt with 8.8, and second in quarterback rating with 113.8.
During the 2019 season, Mahomes missed two games, but he was still one of the top quarterbacks in the league. He was 10th in passing yards with 4,031 and tied for eighth in passing touchdowns with 26. Mahomes was also tied for second in interception percentage with 1%, and fourth in yards gained per attempt with 8.3. His 105.3 quarterback rating was seventh.
So, where has Prescott ranked among quarterbacks in the league over the past couple of years?
Dak Prescott has also been a top QB the past couple of years
Prescott has been a starter longer than Mahomes has been one. He threw for 3,667 yards, 23 touchdowns, and four interceptions in 2016, and 3,324 yards, 22 touchdowns, and 13 interceptions in 2017.
In 2018, though, Prescott ranked 15th in yards with 3,885, and 16th in touchdown passes with 22. He was tied for fourth in interception percentage with 1.5%, and tied for 17th in yards gained per attempt with 7.4. Prescott was also 14th in the NFL in quarterback rating with 96.9.
Prescott, however, had a much better season in 2019. He was second in the NFL in passing yards with 4,902, and fourth in passing touchdowns with 30. Prescott was 13th in interception percentage with 1.8% and tied for fifth in yards per attempt with 8.2. Additionally, Prescott was 10th in quarterback rating with 99.7.
Mahomes’ numbers have — obviously — been more impressive than Prescott’s, especially when considering the fact that he missed two games in 2019. However, Mahomes is extremely better than pretty much every quarterback in the league.
There is one stat, though, that Prescott ranks second to only Mahomes in. It is over the past two seasons combined too, not just one.
Dak Prescott is second in touchdown passes of 30 yards or more
Home run plays can really help a team get the momentum in a game, which can ultimately help them leave the field with a win. Well, Patrick Mahomes has been the best in the league at that over the past two seasons.
Pro Football Focus reports that Mahomes leads the NFL in touchdown passes of 30 yards or more during the past two seasons with 20. Who is second? Prescott and Philip Rivers are tied for second with 16. Behind them are Kirk Cousins and Matt Ryan with 15.
Of course, this stat doesn’t automatically equal wins. The big touchdown plays certainly don’t hurt the teams that these QBs play for either. Except for Matt Ryan, each quarterback on this list has been in the playoffs at least once in the last two seasons.
Mahomes took the Chiefs to the AFC Championship Game in 2018, and then helped them win the Super Bowl in 2019. Prescott led the Cowboys to a 10-6 record and the Divisional Round in 2018. Additionally, Rivers led the Chargers to a 12-4 record and the Divisional Round in 2018, and Cousins helped lead the Vikings to a 10-6 record and the Divisional Round in 2019.
Sure, Prescott’s entire body of work should be looked at during his negotiations with the Cowboys. This stat should not be looked over, though, and should be used to try to get him the money that he believes he deserves.
Stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference