If you don't know who Dak Prescott is, you've probably been living under a rock.
There seems to never be a moment when the majority of American doesn't know who the Dallas Cowboys' starting quarterback is, even if he's not the guy who’s supposed to be playing. In just one preseason game, Dak Prescott went from relatively unknown rookie to being the starting quarterback of one of the biggest teams in all of sports.
Tony Romo's broken bone in his back paved the way for Prescott to enter the 2016 season as Dallas' starting quarterback, a job he's flourished in through the first month of the regular season. Prescott has not only led Dallas to a 3-1 start, but he's done it while completing 68 percent of his passes without a single turnover. Pro Football Focus currently ranks Prescott as their No. 10 quarterback.
His latest performance was arguably his most impressive. In San Francisco on Sunday, Prescott led the Cowboys back from a 14-point deficit and finished 23 of 32 for 245 yards and two touchdowns. He did so without All-Pro receiver Dez Bryant, who was out with a knee injury and came back from behind to win the game.
So yeah, that rock mentioned earlier? Vontaze Burfict acted like he lived under said rock for a brief moment during Monday's meeting with the media, which Jay Morrison of Dayton Daily News perfectly captured:
Reporter: "How much do you know about Dak Prescott?"
Reporter: "Dak Prescott."
"Who?" Burfict said for a third time with a chuckle. "No, I’m just playing. He’s a great quarterback. I was a fan of him in college. I watched a lot of their games in college. He makes good decisions. We’re going to have a tough task in front of us. We want him to stay in the pocket and not let him get out and obviously pat the ball a lot and make bad decisions back there."
Burfict and the Bengals defense definitely shouldn’t be sleeping on Prescott and the Cowboys offense. The truth is, the Cowboys should be able to score on anyone regardless of their quarterback. Between Bryant (when healthy), Jason Witten still playing like a Pro Bowl tight end, and arguably the best offensive line in football, the Cowboys sport a unit that should strike fear into any opposing defense.
But as we've seen in recent weeks, Prescott is capable of succeeding when all of those factors don't come into play. Dallas has lost two starting linemen, one of which being All-Pro tackle Tyron Smith, as well as Bryant, due to injuries. Not having them forced Prescott to shoulder a bigger offensive load, and yet, Dallas has kept winning.
The good thing for Cincinnati is their defense may be the best Prescott has faced thus far. They rank ninth in total defense, 10th in opposing passing yards per game, and fourth in opposing completion percentage (57.6). The next closest team that Prescott has faced are the Giants, who rank 11th, 18th, and 10th in those same categories respectively, and they’re also the only team to hand Prescott a loss thus far.
The Bengals have also intercepted eight passes, while the Giants have yet to intercept one heading into their Week 4 game. However, Prescott has yet to turn the ball over in any manner, so that's something Cincinnati hopes to change in Week 5.