Dak Prescott on MVP chatter: This game is about winning, not awards

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Rams defensive coordinator Wade Phillips called Lamar Jackson the NFL’s MVP on Thursday, and the Ravens quarterback has the best current odds to win the award. Russell Wilson is a close second.

But Vegas missed on the candidate who should have the third-best odds.

It’s not Aaron Rodgers (9-1), and it’s not Patrick Mahomes (10-1).

It’s Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott, who put himself firmly in the conversation with his third 400-yard passing game of the season. In NFL history, only Dan Marino (1984), Peyton Manning (2013) and Ryan Fitzpatrick (2018) have had four 400-yard games in a single season.

Prescott leads the league with 3,221 passing yards, putting him on pace for 5,154 yards. Only seven quarterbacks ever have passed for more than 5,000 yards in a season, including Drew Brees five times.

Prescott, though, is not listening to the MVP chatter.

“One, it’s crazy early, right? And, two, I mean as I’ve talked about, it’s winning,” Prescott said Thursday, via Todd Archer of ESPN. “The only thing I care about is wins. So if that means I’m the most winningest quarterback in the league, sure, I want it. But until it means that, I don’t care. It’s something cool, right? But I want to win games and that’s the most important thing.”

Therein lies the biggest deterrent to Prescott winning the award. The Cowboys are 6-4 and play the Patriots on Sunday. The Ravens are 8-2, and the Seahawks are 8-2.

15 responses to “Dak Prescott on MVP chatter: This game is about winning, not awards

  1. Lamar said something similar. He said “I have my sights set on something bigger”. This MVP talk is for the fans and the media who report on the game.

  2. If he keeps performing at the most recent elite level and the team wins/gets far into playoffs, then he has a shot.

  3. MVP, OROY, DROY, DPOY, etc, all these individual awards are just taking away from what this game is really supposed to be about = a “TEAM” sport, not an individual accomplishment award ceremony!

    In 5-10yrs does anyone really remember if a player got the MVP, made a pro-bowl or was the DROY, OROY = NO, but the fans do remember when someone won a SB and that’s really the only award that matters!

    All those awards are for the “participation trophy” era players so they don’t get their feeling hurt!

  4. Again, in my book, the NFL MVP right now is Jimmy G. His team is 9-1 this season, tied for the BEST record in the NFL. The other 9-1 team has the GOAT as qb. Jimmy G.’s team was 1-11 in 2017 without him, but 5-0 with him as the starter. His coach, who is mentioned as a candidate as coach of the year, is 4-20 without Jimmy G. as starter but 15-3 with Jimmy G. as starter. He threw for 400 yards and 4 touchdowns last week, and he is the only 49er QB besides Young and Montana to ever do that. Numbers do not lie, but cynical rovers do. Move over rovers, and let Jimmy G. take over.

  5. alifornianewton says:
    November 21, 2019 at 5:52 pm
    Again, in my book, the NFL MVP right now is Jimmy G. His team is 9-1 this season, tied for the BEST record in the NFL. The other 9-1 team has the GOAT as qb. Jimmy G.’s team was 1-11 in 2017 without him, but 5-0 with him as the starter. His coach, who is mentioned as a candidate as coach of the year, is 4-20 without Jimmy G. as starter but 15-3 with Jimmy G. as starter. He threw for 400 yards and 4 touchdowns last week, and he is the only 49er QB besides Young and Montana to ever do that. Numbers do not lie, but cynical rovers do. Move over rovers, and let Jimmy G. take over.
    +++
    So he’s the MVP because he threw for 400 and four TDs? Good luck with that.

  6. If my team didn’t already have Jackson, I would love to have Prescott. He should definitely be in the conversation for MVP as well as Offensive Player of the Year with guys like McCaffrey who have no real shot at MVP but could win that award.

  7. It’s unclear what MVP really stands for in the NFL. I recognize it’s “player” and not “people,” but in Lamar’s case his offensive line and TE play and scheming by the Ravens are the true MVPs. On average he has so much time to throw with zero pressure, he ends up with receivers and TEs wide open to throw to. Most QBs would succeed in those scenarios, not just Lamar. To his credit, he has improved a lot making the right reads, which is important.
    For the Brady haters out there, just watch how bad his offensive line is. It’s deplorable. Give him or any of the top tier QBs the Ravens’ O line, and watch out.
    A clean pocket is the best friend of a QB. It’s more important than receiver talent. I say this not to criticize Lamar but to point out that this is a hugely important variable aiding Lamar’s success. Said another way, if the Ravens’ O line weakened significantly, I think there is zero chance Lamar is anywhere close to being in the MVP conversation. Zero.

  8. @ jimmygandme49
    Do you realize how ridiculous your argument is here? EVERY QB who succeeds in the NFL has a good team around him. But there are the QBs that make the players around them better. And they are the players that get put in the MVP conversations.
    Lamar’s mobility and continual improvement with passing the ball has allowed his COACHES to scheme around him. And that scheme takes a lot of pressure off the O Line and then in turn for the receivers.

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