Dak Prescott nearing NFL record for fewest INTs in first 500 attempts

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Dak Prescott has 498 career attempts. He has thrown four interceptions. Unless he throws an interception in his first two attempts Sunday, the Cowboys quarterback will break the NFL’s record for the fewest interceptions in his first 500 attempts.

“To me, it’s just numbers,” Prescott told reporters Wednesday. “The milestone doesn’t mean anything. As I said, my main focus is taking care of the ball, keeping the ball in our team’s hands. Whatever the stat is really doesn’t mean anything. You’ve just got to go out there and take care of the ball week in and week out.”

Prescott set the NFL record for most passes to start a career without an interception (176), passing Tom Brady, who went 162 throws without a pick for the Patriots in 2000-01.

In 477 attempts as a senior at Mississippi State, Prescott was intercepted five times. So, as Todd Archer of ESPN points out, in Prescott’s past 30 regular-season games in college and the NFL, Prescott has thrown nine interceptions in 975 attempts.

For those wanting to see Prescott throw downfield more than last season when he completed only 38 passes that traveled at least 20 yards through the air, ranking tied for 23rd, Prescott attempted four such passes Sunday, according to STATS. That ranks him in a tie for sixth, with Sam Bradford leading the league with eight attempts that traveled 20-plus yards through the air.

“I think I took more risks in the Giants game than I did in the other Giants games,” Prescott said. “I don’t know if that’s the most I have taken. We liked our matchup or certain matchups down the field. It wasn’t a number we said we were going to get to or a number we said we weren’t going to throw them after that. If it was there. If it was one on ones, take them, and I trust my guy.

14 responses to “Dak Prescott nearing NFL record for fewest INTs in first 500 attempts

  1. That is impressive, full stop. HOWEVER, the rules of the game have also changed to benefit offenses so it is not surprising to see these kinds of records being broken.

  2. Still trying to figure out why scouts, the media, and all NFL teams had Dak Prescott graded as a 3rd to 4th rounder …

  3. Best part of Dak’s game is that he is always working and getting better. Last season he simply just took what the defense gave him and was careful with the ball. Fast forward now, he is still careful with the ball but he is now challanging defenders, starting at the line by adjusting play call, moving receivers to decipher disguised coverage and throwing to windows that he didn’t necessarily have confidence in the previous year.

  4. THEY HAVE FACED NO ONE LIKE OUR BRONCOS D,& THEY DIDN’T SHINE LAST WEEK, PLAY CALLING WILL NOT LET UP THIS WEEK AS WE DID WITH LAC,I CALL A ASS WHOOPING, ON NATIONAL TV,& I BET A LEFT N THERE STILL WILL BE NO RESPECT… KEEP IT UP,LIKE IT OR NOT,DENVER PLAY’S IN FEBRUARY, I AM PROUDLY REPN, BRONCOS COUNTY WORLDWIDE… BC-WW

  5. He might not throw for 300 yds with 3-4 tds a game like Brady or Rodgers, but he will not throw a costly int nor fumble the ball at crucial times. Dallas is winning because of that.

  6. bak2bak2bakhaters says:
    September 14, 2017 at 12:23 am
    THEY HAVE FACED NO ONE LIKE OUR BRONCOS D,& THEY DIDN’T SHINE LAST WEEK, PLAY CALLING WILL NOT LET UP THIS WEEK AS WE DID WITH LAC,I CALL A ASS WHOOPING, ON NATIONAL TV,& I BET A LEFT N THERE STILL WILL BE NO RESPECT… KEEP IT UP,LIKE IT OR NOT,DENVER PLAY’S IN FEBRUARY, I AM PROUDLY REPN, BRONCOS COUNTY WORLDWIDE… BC-WW

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    Perhaps you should consider a course in grammar?

    The Star is proud to bring Dak and crew to the high altitude of Denver to put a nice thrashing of your D. What will be funny is watching Siemien struggle because Elway thought he could get cute and not give up a draft pick to get Tony. Now he is stuck.

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