Everybody loves rookie Dak Prescott. What’s not to love? He’s not only an amazing player but he may be an even better person. Prescott also happens to have one of the best quarterback ratings in all of football.
What Dak doesn’t have though, are gaudy numbers.
Seven other quarterbacks have more touchdown passes than Prescott. Nine have thrown for more yards. Even if the Cowboys finish with thirteen or more wins, it’s hard to imagine Prescott vaulting himself up into the top five in either category.
Matt Ryan in Atlanta and Detroit’s Matthew Stafford are likely locks. Green Bay will also need a Herculean effort from Aaron Rodgers if they are to make the playoffs. Accomplishing that task would also likely fill another spot.
Another spot that Dallas may fall short is the wide receiver position. The Cowboys have two guys, Dez Bryant and Cole Beasley, which certainly are deserving. Again, though, the numbers aren’t really there.
Neither are in the top ten in receptions or top twenty in receiving yards. Bryant is just outside the top five in touchdowns, a number which will likely increase, but will that be enough? Both will have to step up their production to eclipse 1,000 yards or double-digit touchdowns.
Defensively, the pickings may be even more slim for the Cowboys.
It’s high unlikely that anyone along the defensive line makes the cut. No one currently has more than four sacks or six tackles for loss. Those paltry numbers guarantee none of the front four get the call.
In the secondary, Morris Claiborne had a shot before getting hurt and missing the last five weeks.
That leaves linebacker Sean Lee as the sole option. Actually, it would be shocking if he didn’t make it. Lee is fourth in the league in tackles with 112, including 10 for losses. His versatility as a blitzer, coverage linebacker and run stuffer should make him a shoo in.
Speaking of guarantees, there is no way that kicker Dan Bailey doesn’t get selected as the NFC Pro Bowl choice. Matt Bryant of Atlanta is strong competition, however Bailey is perfect on his PAT’s, which this year, is no sure thing.