The Dallas Cowboys suffered another severe blow after losing star quarterback Dak Prescott for the rest of the season. It has made the path toward the playoffs that much more daunting for the Cowboys. The team has remained confident in pushing it forward despite mounting obstacles. That has now seen team owner Jerry Jones give Andy Dalton what he needs to move ahead.
Dak Prescott suffers season-ending ankle injury
The Cowboys garnered a much-needed win in Week 5 over the New York Giants, but that came with a significant price.
Star quarterback Dak Prescott saw his 2020 season come to an abrupt end due to a broken ankle. Prescott experienced a compound fracture and dislocation of his right ankle that occurred on a nine-yard run after he was tackled by Giants defensive back Logan Ryan. The injury required immediate attention, resulting in being put into an air cast and rushed to the hospital for surgery.
The initial expectation is that it will keep him out of action for the next four to six months. It’s also a situation that now thrust Andy Dalton into the starting role for the rest of the 2020 season. That has also seen Jerry Jones quickly weigh in on the matter.
Jerry Jones supports Andy Dalton as Cowboys starter
The Cowboys were dealt the devastating blow of losing Dak Prescott for the rest of the season.
However, it has put backup Andy Dalton into the starting spot moving forward for the rest of the 2020 season. That has also seen team owner Jerry Jones voice during one of his weekly interviews with 105.3 The Fan in Dallas on Tuesday that he is confident that Dalton can get the job done to lead the Cowboys forward to compete for the playoffs.
“Andy Dalton is a player that can get the job done in the NFL. “He’s a starting quarterback…And I think he’s a starting quarterback on any various successful winning teams.
Jones also stated that he believes Dalton’s presence will allow the Cowboys to run their offense as currently structured. The 32-year-old is in his first year with Dallas but has plenty of experience as a starting quarterback in the NFL after his extensive tenure with the Cincinnati Bengals.
Dalton has had tremendous success being the guiding force of an offense and will have plenty of offensive weapons around him to help find success. The Cowboys possess arguably one of the top groups of wide receivers along with an elite running back. The pieces are there for Dallas to push forward with Dalton under center for the rest of 2020.
Cowboys’ path toward the playoffs
The Cowboys have worked through numerous injuries in the first five weeks of the 2020 season, but remain in the driver’s seat in the NFC East.
The division is filled with teams playing well below their expectations, especially with the Philadelphia Eagles’ early-season struggles. Dallas has always been pinned as the favorites to secure the NFC East title behind their sheer talent on the roster. That has taken a significant hit with injuries, but Andy Dalton should provide enough stability to push them forward.
The question will come with their defense, which has struggled to play effectively against any opponent this season. The Cowboys are coming off giving up 34 points to the struggling New York Giants. They are playing at a historically awful pace that could see them finish among the worst defensive units in NFL history.
That alone could lead to their downfall, but Dalton gives Dallas the chance to make a push toward securing a playoff spot.