Dak Prescott was not surprised by another stellar individual performance as he helped the Dallas Cowboys past the Seattle Seahawks.
Quarterback Prescott completed 29-of-41 for 299 yards and three touchdowns in the Cowboys’ 41-35 victory – their sixth in the last seven games.
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The 30-year-old was the star of the show but insisted his performances were in line with his own expectations.
“I put a lot in this game. I prepare my ass off,” he said.
“I’ve got amazing coaches and players around me right now doing the exact same. So I just really think that’s the expectations that I have for myself, the standard that we’ve created as an offense and how we’re comfortable playing this game.”
Prescott’s performance, and recent excellence, drew praise from Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy.
“Dak’s playing great ball,” said McCarthy. “It’s fun when you’re in this rhythm.
“He has such great command. And it’s just a connection with his team-mates. We’re getting in and out of things seamlessly. We’re playing with really good pace. And that’s how we want to attack. You can only do it with a championship-calibre quarterback. And Dak is that guy.”
— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) December 1, 2023
Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones believes Prescott is improving as he gets older.
“He’s getting better, which is saying something when you’ve got his experience and has had the reps that he’s had in his career, had the successes if you will,” said Jones.
“But he’s also had his share of downturns. Dak’s playing the best. He’s getting better. In my mind, he’s the best he’s ever been.”
While Dallas’ focus was on Prescott, Seattle left Arlington with a sense of frustration with coach Pete Carroll voicing his displeasure at the level of officiating.
The two teams were flagged for a combined 19 penalties and Carroll felt it disrupted the flow of the game.
“It’s unfortunate that it feels like there was a whole other factor in this game,” Carroll said. “There was just way too many penalties in this game, for both sides. We’ve got to get out of that kind of football.
“They [the officials] know the game, they know how to make these calls, but they can’t call everything that when there’s a little this and a little that, and particularly when it doesn’t affect the play.
“I’ll spend some time on this in the offseason for sure. And I’m not saying I’ve got all the answers. I’m not saying that at all. I’m just saying that I think the game needs to be adjusted here somewhat because there’s too much emphasis on those situations.”