351 days. Two weeks panicked of a full calendar twelve months.
That’s how long it’s been since Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott used to be carted off the discipline at AT&T Stadium, his leg in an air solid, his season over, his fans devastated, his future in doubt.
So tonight’s homecoming, his first game back in the team’s handsome stadium, is going to be particular, no matter what. The fact that it’s on primetime tv, with the victor taking an early lead in the NFC East, accurate provides to the magnitude of the second.
“It’s great,” Prescott stated of the home opener against Philadelphia. “Indignant accurate to get back to AT&T. Clearly, the greatest place to play and to attain it with a fat stadium. Cowboys fans going crazy, I’m obvious. Monday evening soccer, division opponent. No better arrangement, in actuality, for this team to originate the season off at home. I’m mad for it. We’ve obtained to originate off and get this first division win. Here’s a great atmosphere to be ready to attain it in. And I’m mad for the situation.”
Prescott has personally risen to every situation that’s been assign in front of him, each on the discipline and off, since entering the league as a fourth-round draft clutch in 2016. But this twelve months has been especially transformative by any commonplace.
The 28-twelve months-dilapidated passer battled by arrangement of the grueling physical rehab of his ankle, signing a yarn-breaking contract alongside the style. Then he fought by arrangement of a training camp that observed his long-awaited comeback slowed extra by a shoulder strain. When he finally hit the discipline again in Week 1, he used to be- inexplicably- better than sooner than. He confirmed no rust whatsoever, slinging it 58 times for over four hundred yards in his first game back. He used to be virtually supreme in Week 2; handiest four passes hit the floor all day in the team’s first win.
And now he’ll bring the indicate back to the Metroplex for the locals who find been waiting goodbye so survey him. Prescott is aware of he’ll no query preserve a second- alongside with a capacity crowd- to replicate on the lumber he’s taken to get there. And despite sports activities cliches that assemble it something infrequently ever stated out loud, Prescott admits this received’t be accurate one other game.
“I think this might perchance furthermore be extra particular,” Prescott stated, “accurate in consequence of of the amount of Cowboys fans that will seemingly be there versus the away video games. Clearly the first two, they traveled great and [I] felt the vitality and felt that, however accurate knowing the strengthen they’ve given me going on a twelve months used to be well-known, used to be something that I felt. Knowing that when I accelerate available, whether it’s pregame, whether it’s in a second within the game, to be ready to survey up there and to know that with COVID and knowing what we all went by arrangement of final twelve months, to find them all back, it’ll be exciting. I’ll preserve that second, I’ll be grateful for it however then flip then mind valid back again to the Eagles defense and what I even find to attain to win the game.”
Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy agrees the Week 3 game is mainly consequential. Not handiest to Prescott, however to your whole organization.
“Here’s a game we’re all looking forward to,” the coach stated final week. “I know [Prescott]’s looking forward to it. But in actuality, to get that second win, get that home win, get that first division win, that’s in actuality the tightness of how we’re looking at this. These division video games are so well-known your whole arrangement by arrangement of. Who’s the greatest rival, I get it, I’ve been there, done that. But here’s a predominant game in consequence of of what the division brings to you. The numbers order for themselves, the success you find in the division clearly instantly relates to your playoff opportunity.”
Reaching- and progressing deep in- the postseason might perchance well be the icing on the cake for Prescott’s 2021. Running onto the discipline at AT&T Stadium once again will seemingly be a predominant ingredient in that recipe, however it with out a doubt pales in comparability to running off of that discipline once again- no longer accurate underneath his maintain energy, however victorious.
Prescott will find stout opportunity to get settled back in at home now that he’s here. The club has a three-game home stand that ends with the Giants- the team he injured himself against- on the day sooner than the one-twelve months anniversary of that streak-stuffed cart streak into the Arlington tunnel.
But once he gets tonight’s return behind him by merely playing in front of a home crowd once again, ask Prescott to find long turned the online page by then. The following three contests aren’t about chapters of his maintain personal comeback story, they’re about the team establishing dominance in the conference.
“We focus on about it: defending our home turf and defending AT&T,” Prescott told reporters. “It starts immediately as we’re going on a stretch. But we can’t focal point about having three in a row except we get the first one. As I stated, it’s a great arrangement to inaugurate up the season at home with the Eagles and on Monday Night time Soccer. I know this win might perchance well be great in us capturing momentum that’ll continue all twelve months long, however definitely for the duration of this home stretch.”
One day at a time, no longer looking previous the one valid in front. True appreciate Prescott has dealt with on a customary foundation of the final 351.