Since the dawn of time, well really the 2016 NFL season, there’s been a chicken or the egg argument when it comes to Dak Prescott.
Is he really the great quarterback that he is off of his own merits? Is he truly this talented individually? Or is Dak simply the primary beneficiary of the NFL’s best offensive line and all-world running back Ezekiel Elliott?
Word rained down through NFL circles on Thursday afternoon when Elliott was denied his motion for an injunction that would allow him to play, enforcing his six-game suspension effective immediately.
This isn’t like the last time, or the time before that, or even the time before that (and not even the time before that). This time it’s for real, with legal options severely limited.
Elliott won’t return to court to battle this out until December 1st, the Friday morning after the Dallas Cowboys host the Washington Redskins on NBC’s Thursday Night Football.
That’s four games into his six game suspension. These are games in Atlanta, against the Eagles, hosting the Chargers on Thanksgiving, and the aforementioned match-up with Washington. No big deal, just two division foes and the reigning NFC Champions.
Should things not go favorably for Elliott in court on the first day in December, they likely won’t, he’ll also miss games on the road against the Giants and Raiders before returning Christmas Eve against the Seattle Seahawks at AT&T Stadium.
When it comes to the run game in the interim, the Cowboys will – finally – have to employ their squadron that many are coming to know as AlRodMac.
— RJ Ochoa (@rjochoa) November 10, 2017
While that’s fine and dandy, in the minds of many it’s not, perhaps correctly, enough. Dak Prescott, reigning Offensive Rookie of the Year, will have to do more. If anyone is capable, it’s him.
The Cowboys, and effectively the world, are finally going to answer this chicken or the egg question. The Kristin Chenoweth to Dak Prescott’s Idina Menzel is absent for the next run of shows, and we’re about to see if the latter can carry the production on his own.
You could make a strong argument that Dak Prescott has already been playing at an MVP level. Of course you wouldn’t have the time because anything Dallas Cowboys has been repeatedly drowned out by the Elliott matter all season long.
This past Sunday Dak Prescott ran in a touchdown late in the first half to give his team a 14-3 lead on what many thought was the best team in football not too long ago.
Right afterwards, the Kansas City Chiefs inexplicably scored on the final play of the first half thanks to a Tyreek Hill Mary, and on their opening possession of the second they went down the field to score again via Travis Kelce.
The last time Prescott had touched the ball he’d given his team an 11-point lead, and when he next laid hands on it he was suddenly losing 14-17. Tony Romo, working the game for CBS, surely looked down and smiled.
What did Dak Prescott do in such a high-pressure tenuous situation? He led a touchdown drive that gave the Cowboys a lead they would never relinquish. This is something Most Valuable Players do.
Of course, that touchdown drive ended with Ezekiel Elliott in the redzone. It’s time to see if Dak can indeed, like he often has, do it all. If he can, the MVP discussion in 2017 centers around one Dakota Rayne.