The Dallas Cowboys defied the odds last season. After superstar quarterback Tony Romo had gone down with a back injury which would basically end his year and NFL career, America's Team turned to rookie Dak Prescott who ultimately led the franchise to the No. 1 seed in the NFC.
With Prescott making an impression in his first season with the Cowboys, the second-year gunslinger is already making bold claims for his sophomore campaign in Dallas. Prescott says his Cowboys will win the NFC East yet again next season, via Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk:
“We’re the Cowboys. We’re gonna win the NFC East,” Prescott said.
Prescott far exceeded expectations in his rookie season in Dallas. No one thought he'd be able to shoulder the load while Romo was out let alone take over the starting job and lead the team into the playoffs.
First of all, no one expected the Mississippi State product get on the field last season. Romo was the starter, and the focus was on getting rookie Ezekiel Elliott up to speed on the NFL level while also competing in the division and conference.
Secondly, a rookie quarterback thrust into a starting role, especially with the added pressure of playing for the Cowboys, is almost always a recipe for disaster. Few quarterbacks are ready to play on the next level right out of college, but Prescott proved he was and now is one of the most promising young players in the league.
As for the Cowboys winning the NFC East next season, Dallas is a strong contender to do just that with the rest of the division scrambling to keep up with a young team that may dominate the division for many years to come.