Dak Prescott nearly set NFL record, and no one noticed

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While everyone was busy last week talking about Patrick Mahomes‘ no-look passes and Ryan Tannehill‘s last pass to beat the Patriots, Dak Prescott‘s near-NFL record went unnoticed.

Stop if you’ve heard this. . . .

Prescott had 42 completions last week against the Eagles. That’s more than Mahomes, Drew Brees, Philip Rivers, Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers or any other quarterback in the NFL has completed in a game this season.

What’s more, it set a team record and nearly an NFL record.

This is how under the radar it was: The NFL and Cowboys even overlooked it.

“It doesn’t necessarily boggle my mind from our end,” Prescott said. “Just saying how that game turned out, how that ending was going back and forth, both offenses caught fire, and we needed to throw the ball, and we needed to do that to win. To say it’s a NFL high [this season] is surprising. To see the yards and the stats I see out there every week from these guys, that’s kind of mind boggling.”

Prescott’s 42 completions bettered Tony Romo’s team record of 41 completions against the Giants on Dec. 6, 2009. Only six quarterbacks in NFL history have completed more passes in a game than Prescott, led by the 45 completions Drew Bledsoe had for the Patriots in a Nov. 13, 1994, game against the Vikings.

Yet, Prescott’s teammate, Amari Cooper, won NFC Offensive Player of the Week after catching 10 of Prescott’s passes for 217 yards and three touchdowns.

While Cooper, Ezekiel Elliott and the Cowboys defense have gotten most of the credit during the Cowboys’ five-game winning streak, Prescott quietly has played MVP-esque. His 75.1 completion percentage over the past five weeks leads the league, and he has passed for 1,471 yards, seven touchdowns and two interceptions for a passer rating of 106.8.

“Just a whole lot more comfortable,” Prescott said. “It’s as simple as that. Trusting everything that I am seeing. If I see it, I like it, letting it rip, not hesitating on anything. That is something I put in my head earlier in the season when I realized I wasn’t as comfortable as I wanted to be. Just trying to get back to that. It started in practice.”

32 responses to “Dak Prescott nearly set NFL record, and no one noticed

  1. I seem to remember Brady having 41 or 42 completions in a game. Interesting that Bledsoe holds the record I remember his early days he had quite a few where he threw tons of passes.

    Wish you had listed the other QBs who completed more than Prescott did

  2. Like a lot of passing records, this would have meant a lot more 25 years ago. He did throw well over 50 passes. In Dan Marino’s big year in 1984 he averaged 35 passes a game and they were considered pass happy.

  3. I immediately thought of that game with Bledsoe and the Vikings. I didn’t know it was a record, but remember being at Penn Station after the Patriots won and some guy seeing my Patriots hat and saying “condolences” as he was a Bears fan, NBC put the score up wrong and the Vikings winning on the “10 minute ticker” and no one had cell phones or internet.

  4. And Big Ben completed 41 two weeks before that, so it’s not like this is a strange occurrence to go over 40 in a game. Cousins and Luck hit 40 this year as well. These “records” are out of context.

  5. “harrisonhits2 says:
    December 14, 2018 at 3:02 pm
    I seem to remember Brady having 41 or 42 completions in a game. Interesting that Bledsoe holds the record I remember his early days he had quite a few where he threw tons of passes.

    Wish you had listed the other QBs who completed more than Prescott did”

    According to PFR:

    Drew Bledsoe – 45 (as the article noted)
    Ben Roethlisberger – 44
    Tom Brady – 43
    Matt Schaub – 43
    Philip Rivers – 43
    Rich Gannon – 43

  6. Only 1 player has more 4th quarter comebackd than Dak since 2016. But–he sucks, Jerrah is an idiot, Garrett is a puppet, etc, etc. Oh these real football experts. One would think with such amazing football acumen they would be able to monetize such amazing skills, rather than come here and deliver their insight and wisdom for free. We should all be grateful for their genius insights and we are certainly smarter for knowing them.

  7. Ben Roethlisberger has a 41 completion game, Andrew Luck and Kirk Cousins each have a 40 completion game, and Drew Brees has a 39 completion game, so…

    Big deal?

  8. Nah. Let me know when he actually sets the record. And let me know when he does it when defenders are actually allowed to defend. You better not have given him a participation trophy

  9. Dak Prescott‘s near-NFL record went unnoticed.

    Key word = “NEAR”, meaning it wasn’t a record so no one cares, hell I bet Dak doesn’t care!

  10. I’m sorry it might be a record but what I hate about records is that they are never taken in context. Some people have called it out but it’s a passing league like never before, defenses have been largely emasculated, and he threw an awful lot of passes. Sorry I didn’t notice. But I am not impressed.

  11. ispeakthetruth4 says:
    December 14, 2018 at 3:01 pm
    Cause he didn’t actually set the record? Maybe that’s why no one noticed? Who hired her?

    ______

    He did set the team record. He also nearly topped the team record for passing yards. Many noticed. Eagles fans noticed as well, but they have spent most of their time since developing conspiracy theories related to the referees.

  12. 6 of Bledsoe’s passes were overtime

    interestingly, that game was the real start of the Patriots dynasty. The Patriots were 3-6 and down 20-0, 6 years since the last winning season, 8 years since the playoffs. they would then go on to win the next 7 games and only have 2 losing seasons in the next 25 years, their next loss after the Vikings game would be to the Cleveland Browns and head coach Bill Belichick

  13. Well it just doesn’t measure up to Zeke putting Dak into the Salvation Army kettle. There’s only so much America can absorb in the superlative from Dallas in 2 weeks.

  14. Dak is the most overrated NFL star player. He cannot throw deep. He can’t lead his receivers. He over throws wide open players in the middle of field. He has the most fumbles… Great athlete but terrible QB.

    Sincerely,
    A Cowboys fan.

  15. Dak Prescott is a good QB, but what keeps him from being a great QB is his accuracy, especially down the field.
    He is exactly what we thought he was.

  16. You’re throwing that much with Zeke in the backfield because they’re stacking the box and trying to cover Cooper one on one. I suggest they double up on Cooper because I want to see Zeke break 1700 this year.

  17. richndc says:
    December 14, 2018 at 3:25 pm
    Only 1 player has more 4th quarter comebackd than Dak since 2016. But–he sucks, Jerrah is an idiot, Garrett is a puppet, etc, etc. Oh these real football experts.

    ————–

    Have you asked yourself why a team with a tremendous defense and running game so frequently finds itself in a position where they trailing in the 4th quarter?

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