What Shifted for the Cowboys’ Offense To Set Dak Prescott Up for Success?

Dak Prescott played lights out to lead the Cowboys to a Thanksgiving Day win. What has evolved this season to help Prescott play comfortably?

Dak Prescott continues to play his best football as he led the Dallas Cowboys to a 45-10 victory on Thanksgiving against the Washington Commanders.

On Thursday, Prescott was 22-of-32 on pass attempts for 331 yards and four touchdowns.

Prescott also has 10 career games with four touchdown passes, tying him with Tony Romo for the most such games in Cowboys history.

According to Inside Edge, Prescott has thrown 13 touchdowns on 148 pass attempts since Week 8, which is the best pass-attempts-per-touchdown rate in the NFL.

Over the last 10 games, he has a passer rating of 107.3 while throwing for 2,604 yards on 237 completions and 19 touchdowns.

What Is Setting Dak Prescott Up for Success?

After the game, Prescott said the way he is playing boils down to coaching and the players around him.

“We know what we wanna do. We know how we wanna attack. We know how we wanna go at these different teams,” Prescott said.

As for the coaching, he says he and Mike McCarthy are on the same page, especially with their weekly preparation and overall communication.

Prescott discussed their game planning every week, stating, “We have those meetings every week that, that we talk about the game plan, how we want to attack these guys, what plays I feel most comfortable with, outlining the starters, situational, third downs, red zones.”

The quarterback credited McCarthy, saying his playcalling is on fire and that he is firing off of the playsheet.

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He also credited the Cowboys’ offensive line for the pass protection they are giving him, allowing him to take shots down the field and extend drives.

This bodes well for the offense, especially in the red zone for Prescott.

According to Inside Edge, Prescott has thrown 10 touchdown passes in the red zone since Week 8, which is the most in the NFL.

He says the recent success in the red zone from the Cowboys’ offense goes back to the plays they practiced in the spring during the offseason and the confidence players have built since that time.

“We’ve got guys. We’ve got guys that can win. We’ve got guys that understand their leverage, guys that understand where they need to be if it is zone or, or who needs to win if it’s man. So [we’re] getting back to what we’re all most comfortable with,” Prescott said.

Some of those guys include the younger players around the quarterback, including wide receiver KaVontae Turpin.

On Thursday, Turpin caught a 34-yard pass in the endzone, showcasing his speed and chemistry with Prescott.

Prescott credited McCarthy for challenging Turpin to be part of the Cowboys’ offense and not exclusive to special teams like he was last season.

“That guy’s got speed, and anytime you’ve got speed like that, you marry that with the route running that he’s been able to just improve on. My confidence in him is through the roof,” Prescott said.

The quarterback said Turpin has answered the call to do what has been asked of him since last season, adding, “[I’m] proud of him, excited for him. He’s young, he’s a, he’s a young player. He’s got a bright future.”

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