What if? That’s what Dak Prescott pondered when reflecting back to his two costly Christmas Eve interceptions.
Prescott had a forgettable game versus the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. The second-year quarterback was 21 of 34 passing for 184 yards, with no touchdowns and 2 interceptions. Those two interceptions were still on Prescott’s mind following the 21-12 loss.
“I tried to throw it off-balance, throw it over people, and it sailed on me. … It was a bad throw,” Prescott said of his first interception, per Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News.
Prescott exclusively took the blame for the first interception. It was a clear overthrow caused by Prescott not having his feet set. Cornerback Justin Coleman was the beneficiary on the errant pass, taking it all the way to the house.
The second pick, not so much.
“I just think I have to throw him a better ball. Put it right there on his face mask and don’t give him a chance to drop it, I guess,” Prescott said of his second interception, per Machota.
Prescott could be perceived as a slight shot at wide receiver Dez Bryant, who the pass was intended for. He probably believes Bryant should have caught it, though, he realizes his pass could have been better. The Cowboys quarterback threw a fastball at Bryant standing about 5 yards in front of him. In addition to being a fastball, Prescott’s pass was behind Bryant, elevating the difficulty of the catch. Bryant got two hands on the football but it ricocheted off the receiver’s hands and into the grasp of Seahawks linebacker K.J. Wright.
Many will put the blame on Bryant for the interception. His first half fumble that ignited Seattle only exasperated things. Yet, just like the first interception, the fault should rest solely on Prescott’s shoulders. He threw a fastball with no touch behind Bryant, which caused the interception.
Bryant is deserving of much of the criticism he’s received this year. He’s not a No. 1 receiver anymore and has never been a good route-runner. It’s evidently clear, including on Sunday, that the wideout has lost a step or two. However, both Prescott’s interceptions in Week 16 are his fault and nobody else.