A few weeks ago, the Dallas Cowboys were riding high after they won the NFC West and finished atop the NFC South with a seven-game win streak.
Now, Dak Prescott has to deal with the team’s season-ending injuries and has been left with the QB job.
The Cowboys are not exactly rebuilding.
The Cowboys were without three starters on defense, and the only thing they’ve really done is try to improve the roster in free agency.
But Prescott and his teammates were just starting to find their groove last season, so there’s a lot to be excited about.
The defense was one of the best in the league last year, with the unit ranked No. 2 in pass efficiency.
The offensive line was one the league’s best last season.
The offense is loaded with weapons, including quarterback Dak Prescott, running back Ezekiel Elliott, tight end Jason Witten, and wide receiver Dez Bryant.
And they’ve been even better than expected this season, with Elliott rushing for 1,093 yards and Bryant setting career highs in receiving yards.
Prescott’s been a major part of that, and it was only a matter of time before he found his rhythm again.
But it’s been all about the quarterback.
The two most recent quarterbacks to start the season in Dallas were Johnny Manziel and Josh McCown, who combined for just 628 yards, nine touchdowns and six interceptions.
That’s not a lot of quarterback production.
But that’s what the Cowboys have been lacking.
The team was ranked No, 5 in pass attempts last season (No. 7 in passing yards per game) and was 29th in yards per play.
So it’s not like the Cowboys had an awful offense last season when Prescott was in charge.
But this year, the Cowboys are coming off of a season in which Prescott threw for 3,634 yards and 26 touchdowns, and that is a pretty decent number for a quarterback who is 5-7 and has a career passer rating of 79.3.
And it’s also not just about Prescott.
The offense is so talented, and there’s still so much talent around the quarterback, it’s hard to imagine any quarterback in the NFL being as good as Prescott.