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Dak Prescott played the worst game of his career, but he’s not stressing it

The Cowboys have three days to figure out how to fix their sputtering offense.

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Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott struggled to make plays and avoid back-breaking interceptions in a 39-7 loss against the Philadelphia Eagles. The sophomore quarterback was tasked with carrying more weight than usual with running back Ezekiel Elliott is out serving a six-game suspension. And with left tackle Tyron Smith also out Sunday night, Prescott had his worst game as a pro with three picks and a 30.4 rating.

However, Prescott doesn't believe he's trying to do too much, he maintained after the game. His message was simple: He has to play better.

What happened?

Dallas' NFC East showdown against the Eagles in Week 11 is probably a game Prescott wants to erase from his memory. He completed 18 of his 31 pass attempts for 145 yards and committed four turnovers, three of which were interceptions.

Prescott tried to make big throws with deep shots down the field. But he kept throwing passes to receivers who weren't open. Just look at this interception by Eagles corner Ronald Darby on the second-quarter attempt to hit Dez Bryant down the field:

On top of Prescott's interceptions, he was sacked four times and barely had enough time to sit in the pocket to deliver crisp throws. The Eagles sniffed out Dallas' offensive line woes and relentlessly rushed Prescott.

Dallas' offensive line has struggled over the past two weeks, and those problems stem from the absence of star left tackle Smith. He missed his second consecutive game with a groin injury, and Dallas' offensive line continues to sputter in his absence.

Byron Bell started in place of Smith this week. He was a big upgrade over Chaz Green, who allowed five sacks to Falcons DE Adrian Clayborn in Week 10, but he still struggled, allowing one sack, one hit, and three pressures.

Prescott has now been sacked 12 times over a two-game span.

For example, just watch how Eagles defensive end Derek Barnett blew past Bell to strip-sack Prescott, which turned into six points for Philadelphia:

Pressure was ultimately Prescott’s undoing. All three of his picks came with Eagles defenders swarming him, and his overall passing numbers suffered too:

Prescott told Jon Machota of the Dallas News that he's not trying to shoulder the team.

"Consciously I’m not trying to carry the whole team. I’m not trying to do that. I’m not putting more on myself at all. I just simply got to play better,” Prescott said.

Why is this important?

Without Elliott and Smith in the mix, Prescott looks as if he's desperately trying to help his team score points. Even though he had a horrible game, the entire offense is equally responsible for this loss. Ben Rogers of 105.3 The FAN concurs:

It's easy to place the bulk of the blame on the quarterback. But coach Jason Garrett has to better address the offensive line’s struggles by adjusting his scheme, more chip blocks, etc. The receivers have to play better too.

Prescott took it all in stride:

The best quarterbacks in the game have a natural ability to forget and move on from bad games, and this week’s game is definitely one to forget. Now, he’s got three days to prepare for the Chargers who the Cowboys host for a Thanksgiving Day matchup.


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