Drew Brees has been in the NFL for over a decade and is one of the best quarterbacks in the league. He’s also a big fan of Dak Prescott, who he believes is playing at an MVP level this season. The New Orleans Saints lost to the Cowboys on Sunday night, but even with that loss, Drew Brees thinks it’s too early to write off Dallas.
The Dallas Cowboys were a shaky figure on the NFL landscape heading into the 2021 season. During training camp, Dak Prescott was coming off a bad ankle injury and struggling with shoulder discomfort, and the team’s defense was still mostly untested.
With a divisive head coach in Mike McCarthy, there was plenty of reason to think the Cowboys wouldn’t be competitive in 2021.
By the sixth week, almost all uncertainties have been dispelled. The Cowboys have won five consecutive games and are now in first place in the NFC East. People are starting to notice Prescott, who is playing like an MVP contender.
Drew Brees has a full-court press on Dak Prescott.
Last night, I overheard Drew Brees remark that Dak Prescott is performing like a “top three” quarterback. It’s difficult to disagree.
October 18, 2021 — Merrill Reese (@mreeseeagles)
Drew Brees, the former quarterback of the New Orleans Saints, was a pundit for the Cowboys during their Week 6 game this past weekend. He joined in at one point, claiming Prescott is now performing like a “top-three” quarterback.
That’s a lot of praise coming from a guy who was once regarded as a top-three quarterback.
For what it’s worth, Prescott lived up to Brees’ high expectations during the Cowboys’ victory against the Patriots. He threw for 445 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winning score to CeeDee Lamb, a wide receiver.
Prescott put up yet another strong effort, helping the Cowboys improve to a 5-1 record.
Is Brees right in calling Prescott one of the best three quarterbacks in the NFL?
Maddie Meyer/Getty Images, Adam Glanzman/Getty Images | Dak Prescott and Drew Brees
While Prescott certainly looked the role of an outstanding quarterback during the Cowboys’ most recent victory, it’s worth wondering if Brees’ remarks are backed up by any actual statistical evidence.
Prescott is presently ranked fifth in passing yards, tied for third in passing touchdowns, fourth in passer rating, and 15th in QBR heading into Week 7. (quarterback rating). Prescott is also rated third in DVOA, a metric that gauges defense-adjusted value above average, according to Football Outsiders.
You can certainly make a case for Prescott being the third-best quarterback in the NFL right now, depending on which statistics you value the most (as Football Outsiders suggests). Prescott, on the other hand, may easily be classified as a top-five or top-ten talent. His QBR score has a significant negative impact on his CV (QBR can be a very flawed stat at times).
Tom Brady, Kyler Murray, Lamar Jackson, and Josh Allen are among the NFL quarterbacks. It’s difficult to be regarded as a “top-three” talent by a majority of people. Regardless, Prescott is looking like an exceptional quarterback this season. Prescott is effortlessly piling up yards and touchdowns as the Cowboys comfortably lead the NFC East.
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Dallas’ defense is improving, and Prescott is playing his best football of his career. The Cowboys seem to be on the verge of a deep postseason run.
Over the next 12 weeks of football, the NFC East should provide minimal opposition, allowing Prescott and the Cowboys to focus on NFC rivals such as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Arizona Cardinals, and Los Angeles Rams.
If Dallas wants to reach the Super Bowl this year, they must defeat those clubs. If Prescott wants to be regarded an unanimous top-three talent, he has to defeat those clubs.
Pro Football Reference provided all stats.
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