The Dallas Cowboys have high hopes that Dak Prescott can bounce back from a 2022 season that saw him lead the NFL in interceptions.
Prescott missed five games last year with a thumb injury, but he gave the Cowboys’ offense a boost that took immediate effect upon his return to the field.
While the team kicked it up a notch when Prescott was under center, there were inconsistencies in the quarterback’s game that couldn’t be ignored.
With two years left on his four-year, $160 million contract, will Prescott enter a make-or-break season in 2023?
NFL.com’s Nick Shook believes the stakes are particularly high for the Mississippi State product.
“Dallas had a good year in 2022. The Cowboys won a playoff game and nearly cleared the Divisional Round hurdle that has haunted them since the Clinton administration,” Shook writes.
“Prescott, meanwhile, had an OK year, completing 66.2 percent of his passes for 2,860 yards and a 23:15 touchdown-to-interception ratio.
The latter statistic, though, signaled a legitimate concern.
His league-high 15 interceptions were the most he’s thrown in a single season, and came in a year in which he missed five games.
His passing yards paled in comparison to 2021, falling from 278.1 per game to 238.3.
If Dallas is going to get over the hump and back into the Super Bowl, it needs more reliable play from its quarterback.”
For the second straight year, the Cowboys couldn’t move past the San Francisco 49ers in a postseason setting.
In the Divisional Round, the Cowboys’ defense limited San Francisco to 19 points, surrendering one offensive touchdown.