On Sunday, Dak Prescott made history as he became the only Dallas Cowboys quarterback ever to record nine wins in a row. An achievement that has never ever been accomplished by any other Cowboys quarterback.
The likes of Troy Aikman, Tony Romo, and Drew Bledsoe never accomplished more than eight wins in a row during their time as a starter with America's team.
The Cowboys are now not only the best team in the NFC but the best team in the NFL as well. So does Prescott deserve to be in MVP contention?
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On the year, the rookie quarterback has completed 214 of his 316 passing attempts for 2,640 yards, 17 touchdowns, and two interceptions giving him a quarterback rating (QBR) of 108.6. He is arguably the third best quarterback in the league right now, just behind Tom Brady and Matt Ryan.
Some might say because his numbers are so far behind the likes of Brady (145/206, 1,915 yards, 16 TDs, one INT, 123.3 QBR after six games) and Ryan (236/346, 3,247 yards, 24 TDs, 5 INTs, 115.1 QBR) that he doesn't warrant a place in the discussion.
In his rookie year, he has been thrown into a daunting situation but is shining bright thanks to executing big plays when needed. His original job was to guide the Cowboys to a reasonable record until their starting quarterback Romo was able to return. In that time period, Prescott transformed himself into the starter the team desired.
He's flourished from a backup that would start in the future, to the starter now in a very little amount of time. The former Mississippi State quarterback is now only four wins away from tying the all-time win streak by a rookie quarterback which is currently held by Ben Roethlisberger.
However, the main viable argument against Prescott is that he hasn't orchestrated any wins as a quarterback, unlike Ryan and Brady. He's mainly been a supportive cast member next to his fellow rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott and the Cowboys amazing offensive line.
In reality, the 23-year-old isn't even one of the top three players on his team, nevermind in the league. In essence, he's only the starter because he is the hot hand, not because he is a better quarterback than Romo.
The rookie isn't at the stage where if you took or limited some of those key pieces of their offense away, he could still go out and win the game. Brady and Ryan could do that, whereas Prescott would struggle. His offensive line has been doing a fantastic job protecting him, and Elliott is having a monster year. Those are the real MVPs at the Cowboys.
That kind of game-changing player really separates the MVPs from the rest of the players in the league, and Prescott doesn't fall into that category.
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