Patriots vs Rams : 2019 Sunday, which means that the most watched television broadcast of 2019 is set to air this afternoon, and huge portions of the country will tune in to watch the Los Angeles Rams and the New England Patriots face off with the Lombardi Trophy on the line.
The question posed to Seattle Seahawks fans for the past two weeks since the conference championships were held has been simple: should Hawks fans root for the division rival that beat them twice this season or should they root for the team that bested them in the Super Bowl four years ago?
Still, Irvin said that he wanted to see Prescott controlling the football game, showing he has command of the offense and show that he is really growing.
While the quarterback initially said he didn’t see Irvin’s comments in the Dallas Morning News, he responded to them on Saturday.
It’s about taking the next step in my game in every aspect of my game,” Prescott told UPI. “Don’t know necessarily what Michael or someone else sees when they say that or what they are looking for. For me it’s about continuing to progress my game and being cleaner, being faster and being more confident and precise in what I do in decision making.”
“I know if I do that, I’m going to play my best ball and we are going to have a hell of a team.”
Prescott slipped into the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft. The 2016 AP Offensive Rookie of the Year helped the Cowboys go 13-3 in his first season, throwing for a career-best 23 scores and just four interceptions, while completing 67.8 percent of his throws.
Despite his fast start, two Pro Bowl appearances and 32 wins in three seasons as the Cowboys’ starter, Prescott often gets the blame for when the offense falters. Bell-cow running back Ezekiel Elliott gets the most respect from analysts and fans. The All-Pro and two-time Pro Bowl selection led the league in rushing for the second time in three seasons in 2018. He leads the league in rushing yards per game since being taken with the No. 4 overall pick in the same draft as Prescott.
That draft also included Jared Goff as the No. 1 overall pick and Carson Wentz as the No. 2 overall pick. Goff is playing for a Super Bowl ring on Sunday while Wentz already has one in his trophy case.
Connor Cook, Cody Kessler, Jacoby Brissett, Christian Hackenberg and Paxton Lynch were also drafted before Prescott in the 2016 NFL Draft. None of those quarterbacks have a starting job
The Cowboys recovered from a poor start in order to have a successful season, but again it wasn’t Prescott who received the credit. It was a ferocious defense. But the quarterback is fully supportive of that stout secondary. Prescott said the defense is good enough to win a Super Bowl.
Dallas boasted the No. 5 rush defense and ranked No. 13 against the pass in 2018. The unit ranked No. 7 in total defense and allowed the sixth-fewest points in the NFL. The Cowboys also committed the second-fewest penalties in the league.
“We are close,” Prescott said. “That’s what was tough about this loss this year. I know we are close. I know we have a really good team. I know we have the right mindset and the right people. Just to turn around a 3-5 season we did and to even be talking about having a chance to play in this game, just shows that we had a chance.”
“We had a real team and defense wins championships. We had the defense to do that.”
Prescott said his team needs to continue to grow while retaining its key players and also brining in new talent.
“I’m so thankful for our defense and I’m glad I don’t have to play against them,” said Prescott, who is working with Tostitos this week as the company attempts to set a world record for the longest livestream of a tortilla chip bowl. The record will be 53 consecutive hours and end one minute before the kickoff of Sunday’s showdown in Atlanta.
The Cowboys quarterback said he hasn’t done much different so far this offseason, including not meeting with coach Jason Garrett sooner than in the past. He also said he is excited about the team hiring former quarterback Kellen Moore as its offensive coordinator and Jon Kitna as quarterbacks coach.
Moore is expected to call plays for Prescott in 2019. Both former Cowboys gunslingers have familiarity with Prescott.
“We are doing the things we need to do to progress,” Prescott said. “It’s always great and makes a healthy environment around the workplace. From the front office all the way down to the players and the starters and the practice squad, we all have the same mindset. It’s about getting better and doing what we have to do to play in a game like this.”