Cowboys Gridiron News: Dak Prescott’s 4 touchdown masterpiece; Shaq Leonard on the radar

Dak Prescott was prime Dak Prescott in leading the Dallas Cowboys past the Washington Commanders and NFL rumors has the Cowboys as potential suitors of Shaq Leonard.

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Washington Commanders v Dallas Cowboys / Kevin Sabitus/GettyImages
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There is nothing like home cooking for the Dallas Cowboys.  In a Thanksgiving Day masterpiece for the home team, Dak Prescott and the them boy carves through the Washington Commanders for a 45-10 victory that has Dallas sitting pretty in the NFC playoff race.

In one of perhaps his more efficient and effective games this season, Prescott was basically flawless vs the Commanders with 331 yards passing, four touchdowns and a 142.1 QBR.  Wheeling and dealing’ in front of the home crowd, Prescott showed how dangerous the Cowboys can be when he’s at the top of his game, but he knows the team has to keep building to get better.

“We’ve gotta continue what we’ve been doing these last few games and just build off of that,” Prescott said, via the team’s official website.  “As I’ve talked about, just trying to get better and show the best versions of ourselves week in and week out.  That’s what it’s about.  Two more home games coming, that obviously helps.  We’ve gotta take care of business as we’ve done at home.  Protect this stadium and just continue to build.”

Dallas Cowboys have been dominant and unbeatable at AT&T stadium

The Cowboys have certainly taken care of business at home this season.  They have simplex waxed opponents and run them right out of AT&T Stadium.  The big challenge ahead will be how they protect their homefield against a Philadelphia Eagles team currently holding grasp of the top spot in the NFC East and NFC overall.  If the Cowboys knock them off, suddenly things will be that much more interesting in the conference.

All of that of course depends on the version of Dak Prescott who shows up for that game.  If it’s Thanksgiving Day Dak, then watch out Eagles.  And circling back to that performance, Prescott tied Tony Romo in setting a franchise record with his 10th career game with four touchdowns. 

In describing the “pretty cool” achievement, Prescott again focused on the overall team accomplishments versus his own individual accomplishments and accolades.

“I can’t say I’ve been one to care for numbers but watching this team growing up and being a Cowboys fan, it’s humbling,” Prescott said.  “Coming in and spending my rookie year with Tony, growing up watching Tony, understanding all of the success he has, it’s pretty cool.  I want so much bigger than personal records, though.  I’m just gonna keep my head down and keep working.”

What will set Prescott apart from Romo is leading the Cowboys to a Super Bowl. 

Cowboys rumors: Dallas keeping tabs on linebacker Shaq Leonard

During their dominance at AT&T stadium, the Dallas Cowboys defense has played a hand in those lopsided victories. 

Led by Micah Parsons and Stephon Gilmore, the Cowboys defense has shined despite losing notable players like veteran linebacker Leighton Vander Esch.  To fill that void, could the Cowboys turn to three-time All-Pro linebacker Shaquille Leonardwho was surprisingly released by the Indianapolis Colts?

Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones didn’t back down from the possibility.

“Contact has been made, but I’m sure every team is assuming that if they are in the hunt, that they could have an interest in him,” Jones said when asked about the 2018 Defensive Rookie of the Year.  “But first, we have some questions we need to check on health-wise, things like that.  I don’t, right now, want to be on that list.  I want to go do our homework and do what we should be doing and see if this thing might fit us.  We’ve done no more than that.”

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That is a smart approach by Jones and whichever team has interest in Leonard.  Given that it is not every day a player of Leonard’s caliber is just released in the middle of the season, there has to be more to be uncovered.  Once that due diligence is done, adding Leonard to the Cowboys defense should be a low-risk, high-reward type situation unless second-year linebacker Damone Clark continues to show he is all the team needs to fill the shoes of Vander Esh.