Cow­boys’ Prescott nears pre­ci­sion-pass­ing mile­stone

The Oklahoman (Sunday) - - SPORTS - BY DAVID MOORE The Dal­las Morn­ing News

It should be clear by now that Dak Prescott is more ad­vanced than the ma­jor­ity of young quar­ter­backs who have come be­fore him.

The lat­est ex­am­ple: He en­ters Sun­day’s game with only four in­ter­cep­tions in his first 498 at­tempts. Very quickly, pos­si­bly on the first pos­ses­sion, Prescott will be the first player in NFL his­tory to have five or fewer in­ter­cep­tions on his first 500 at­tempts.

“To me, it’s just num­bers,” Prescott said. “The mile­stone doesn’t mean any­thing.

“As I said, my main fo­cus is tak­ing care of the ball, keep­ing the ball in our team’s hands. I mean, what­ever the stat is re­ally doesn’t mean any­thing. You’ve just got to go out there and take care of the ball week in and week out.”

The Cow­boys quar­ter­back be­gan his ca­reer at this time last year by throw­ing 176 passes be­fore he had one picked off. He had a stretch of 171 passes with­out an in­ter­cep­tion later in the sea­son.

Prescott hasn’t thrown an in­ter­cep­tion in a reg­u­lar sea­son game since De­cem­ber 11.

“I think I pre­pare re­ally hard to do that, to know what the de­fense is go­ing to give me,” Prescott said. “I mea­sure out my risk and re­wards through­out prac­tice and know the throws I can make chances on in the game to try and elim­i­nate 50-50 in­ter­cep­tions and things like that.”

Again, the stat it­self doesn’t mean much to Prescott. What it rep­re­sents does. It’s a for­mula for win­ning.

“That’s what it means to me, that I’m play­ing win­ning foot­ball, I’m not turn­ing it over,” Prescott said. “Hav­ing the record doesn’t mean any­thing.

“Tak­ing care of the ball means a lot to me, yes.”

[AP PHOTO/RON JENK­INS]

Dal­las Cow­boys quar­ter­back Dak Prescott cel­e­brates with fans as he leaves the field af­ter beat­ing the New York Giants on Sept. 10, in Ar­ling­ton, Texas.

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