Dak Prescott is coming off a rough sophomore season in the NFL. But he’s also coming off a rough Week 1 against the Carolina Panthers. Over the weekend, Prescott went 19-of-29 (65%) for only 170 yards. He also took six sacks en route to a 8-16 loss. And in Week 2, the Cowboys face off against their arch-rival — the New York Giants.
Speaking of, safety Landon Collins believes he has the best gameplan for Sunday. It’s this simple: make Prescott beat them.
“We’re making sure we close the air out of their offensive running game,” he says. “If we do that, put the ball in Dak’s hands, I think we’ll have a better shot at winning.”
But what does Dak think about that? After all, that’s a mighty bold shot to fire.
“Challenge accepted,” Prescott says via ESPN’s Todd Archer. “Challenge accepted.”
For what it’s worth, Cowboys wideout Allen Hurns also takes Collins’ criticism personally. He doesn’t think the safety is just singling out Prescott. He believes he’s calling out the entire Dallas passing attack. One that without Jason Witten and Dez Bryant is pretty toothless.
“As far as him saying it out loud, it doesn’t change anything for us,” Hurns says. “Of course, he kind of called out our quarterback, but we know, week in, week out, we’ve got to make plays in the passing game.”
In the meantime, the Giants are coming off a hard-fought loss (20-15) at the hands of the Jacksonville Jaguars. Their defense probably won’t be an issue for most of the season. Having Saquon Barkley in the backfield will help Eli Manning tremendously. Not to mention, the return and presence of wideout Odell Beckham Jr.
But Sunday, it all comes back to Prescott. He needs to play better, and he knows it.
“I didn’t play well, and the only way I know how to play better is to go to work and put in the time, put in the time the right way with the right focus, and that has been my plan,” Prescott adds.
We’ll see if he can bounce back this Sunday.