Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott just does not look like the same guy who won the Offensive Rookie of the Year award last season. The Cowboys are just 5-6, and he’s thrown 16 touchdowns and nine interceptions. That’s more than double the interceptions he threw in 2016, when he had 4, and the season has over a month to go.
Most tellingly, he’s fallen apart since running back Ezekiel Elliott was suspended. In the last three games, all losses, he has thrown zero touchdowns and 5 interceptions.
Against the Los Angeles Chargers on Thanksgiving Day, one of those interceptions went all the way back for a pick-six. It was brutal at the time, as the Cowboys were blown out 28-6. The Chargers are also 5-6 on the year but looked far superior.
The pick-six gets worse when you look at the tape, though. Check out this picture of tight end Jason Witten:
Witten appears to be alone, but Prescott doesn’t see him. Not only is that a pick and points for the Chargers, but it’s six points taken off the board for the Cowboys in a game where they desperately needed them.
The Cowboys just don’t have the answers right now.
“I don’t know,” running back Alfred Morris said, per Matthew Martinez of the Star Telegram, when asked what the problem was. “I can’t figure out what it is, honestly, so try to go back to the drawing board.”
“Honestly, right now I’m not sure what the issues are,” center Travis Frederick said.
What about Witten, the guy standing in the end zone all by himself?
“I wish it was as simple as one answer,” Witten said. “Collectively, our offense hasn’t gotten going. We’re just behind the chains too much and not making plays.”