AP21291011741785

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) pumps his fist towards fans after an overtime win against the New England Patriots following an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

As quarterback Dak Prescott goes, so go the Dallas Cowboys.

Prescott and the Cowboys have scored a league-best 205 points after continuing their rampage on Sunday in a 35-29 overtime victory against the New England Patriots. Prescott completed 36 of 51 passes for 445 yards – the most against a Bill Belichick-coached team – and one of his three touchdowns set a franchise milestone. His third-quarter TD to CeeDee Lamb was the 2500th touchdown in franchise history.

Prescott’s second touchdown to Lamb – a 35-yard hookup with 3:52 left in OT – secured the win, the fifth straight for “America’s Team.”

At 5-1, the Cowboys trajectory parallels a healthy Prescott, who is having the best season of his career. He reportedly injured his calf on the game-winning touchdown pass and was expected to undergo an MRI on Monday.

"Honestly, (I) didn't know I threw for that much until (Ezekiel Elliott) told me in the locker room," Prescott said.

Prescott’s confidence shines through with his 16 passing touchdowns, the most in Cowboys history through the first six games. He’s being supported by a run game featuring the tandem of Elliott and Tony Pollard that averages 5.1 yards per carry (fourth in the NFL) and 164.3 per game (third in the league).

The duo is making good on Elliott’s vow that “everybody can eat” with both backs on pace for 1,000 rushing yards. But the key to the Cowboys offense – and their season – is Prescott, who must be mentioned in any MVP conversation.

Featured Podcast

See all