The Dallas Cowboys continued the tradition of playing on Thanksgiving this year, as they took on the division rival Washington Commanders Thursday.
QB Dak Prescott has led the Cowboys for several seasons now and has played his fair share of holiday games. What is the quarterback’s record on Thanksgiving?
Dak Prescott Thanksgiving Stats
Prescott is 4-3 in Thanksgiving play. Among Cowboys quarterbacks, Danny White has the most wins on Thanksgiving at 7-1. Meanwhile, former Dallas gunslinger Tony Romo was 6-3, while Super Bowl champion QB Troy Aikman finished 5-5. Don Meredith is the only undefeated Cowboys QB on Thanksgiving, going 3-0.
Prescott’s first Thanksgiving win came in 2016, as the team narrowly defeated Washington 31-26. The Cowboys fell 28-6 to the Los Angeles Chargers in 2017 after Prescott threw two interceptions, and the team defeated Washington 31-23 in 2018.
In the 2019 loss to the Buffalo Bills, Prescott completed 32 of his 49 pass attempts for 355 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception. Dealing with an injury in 2020, Prescott did not play. Instead, Andy Dalton was under center, and the team lost 41-16 to the Commanders.
In 2021, the Las Vegas Raiders defeated the Cowboys on Thanksgiving in overtime, 36-33. Prescott completed 32 of his 47 pass attempts for 375 yards, two touchdowns, and no picks.
In a key NFC showdown last season, Prescott recovered from two first-half interceptions to lead the Cowboys to a 28-20 win.
He threw for two scores and led Dallas on three touchdown drives in the second half to secure the win. He finished 21-of-30 for 261 yards on the day.
In all, the Cowboys are 33-22-1 in Thanksgiving matchups.
After defeating the Carolina Panthers 33-10 last week, the Cowboys immediately started to look at this game.
“Division opponent, had beat us the last time we played them, so focus will be high,” Prescott said. “Damn sure from my part. I know, the rest of the guys, that will be my job as a leader is making sure guys understand that. Once again, looking on paper, their record, lesser opponent, but we’ve got to come in, division opponent, be who we are. Take care of business on Thanksgiving, and then we can enjoy our holidays the right way.”
Prescott is 10-2 against the Commanders in his career with six victories of at least 12 points.
Meanwhile, Washington is now sitting on a 4-8 record, coming off consecutive losses and an embarrassing 31-19 loss to the three-win New York Giants that featured six turnovers. QB Sam Howell threw three interceptions in the matchup.
This season, Prescott has led the team to a 8-3 start.