Cowboys Dak Prescott continues troubling trend as Tom Brady waits

LANDOVER, Md. — In reality, the Dallas Cowboys had little to play for. The Philadelphia Eagles took care of business against the New York Giants, securing the NFC East crown — and the No. 1 seed — that was on the line at the start of the day.

The most troubling thing for the Cowboys is that it showed. And on the offensive side of the ball, it’s part of a pattern that has plagued the team down the stretch and left the Cowboys limping into Tampa Bay to face Tom Brady and the Buccaneers for a wild-card matchup.

“You guys have a big vocabulary,” Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy said when asked to describe the offensive performance in a 26-6 loss to the Washington Commanders. “Go for it.”

Challenge accepted!

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Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) looks to pass as Washington Commanders defensive end Casey Toohill (95) closes in on him during the first half at FedExField.

Here are a handful of quick thesaurus strokes to paint a picture of how the unit played: adverse, disastrous, demoralizing, sinister.

At the center of the conundrum is quarterback Dak Prescott. His word to sum up his own performance is unfortunately not acceptable for print, but it rhymes with “smitty”.

Prescott was a horrible 14-for-37 for 128 yards with one touchdown and one interception. His longest completion went for 15 yards. The offense logged 10 three-and-outs (with Prescott on the field) thanks to a 4-for-18 (22.2%) showing on third down. Prescott has thrown 10 touchdowns and eight interceptions over his last five games, a stretch during which the Cowboys went 3-2. Prescott finished tied for the league lead with 15 interceptions this season.

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