Why Was Dak Benched in Week 5 Clash Against 49ers?



by NOUMAN RASOOL

Why Was Dak Benched in Week 5 Clash Against 49ers?
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In a nerve-racking Sunday night showdown marked by frustration and disappointment, Dak Prescott and his Dallas Cowboys underwent a grueling 42-10 demolition by the formidable San Francisco 49ers during Week 5 of the NFL regular season.

Starting as the quarterback for the Cowboys, Prescott was confronted with an incessant assault from the 49ers' formidable defensive line, which managed to corner him into a trio of sacks. His ordeal didn’t end there. Prescott, visibly struggling, completed only 14 of his 24 pass attempts, amassing a mere 153 yards alongside one touchdown.

Moreover, he racked up a staggering three interceptions, blighting the team's offensive efforts.

Prescott's Troublesome Setback

During the first half, an additional setback occurred when Prescott incurred a finger injury on his throwing hand.

Despite having it hastily taped and choosing to persevere, his continued struggle became palpable, culminating in his fourth-quarter benching, ushering in backup QB Cooper Rush to navigate the rough waters against the 49ers, albeit with a mere two completed pass attempts totaling eight yards.

From the outset, the 49ers dictated the pace and narrative of the game, establishing and sustaining a daunting 18-point lead as the third quarter concluded. The Cowboys, now weathering two losses in their opening five games, find themselves perched in the second spot in the NFC East, glaring up at the undefeated Philadelphia Eagles, who effortlessly sustained their victory march this week.

Prescott’s preseason assurance of not surpassing 10 interceptions during the upcoming season reverberates amidst the walls of concern surrounding Cowboys' fans and critics alike. Despite the franchise insisting that Prescott was "misquoted" – claiming he referred to “tipped interceptions” – skepticism prevails following this dicey game which witnessed him propel to a total of four interceptions this season.

Recalling the 2021 season, Prescott registered 10 interceptions across 16 games, and in the subsequent playoff-bound season, his 15 interceptions in a mere 12 games were recorded as a career high, infusing doubts regarding his capacity to steer the Cowboys toward Super Bowl glory.

The present season unravels a similar tapestry of challenges for Prescott. The bold decision by the Cowboys to bench him in the midst of the fourth quarter in the game against the 49ers sends a clear message to the NFL fraternity that backups might find their moment under the limelight should Prescott's struggles linger.

Prescott, once the unwavering helmsman of the Cowboys, now finds himself enveloped in burgeoning speculation and scrutiny, as fans and analysts alike ponder upon the crucial question: Is he indeed the beacon to guide the team to coveted Super Bowl aspirations?

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