Can Dak Prescott be this year's NFL MVP? Case for Cowboys QB dealt big blow

As the 2023 NFL season enters the home stretch, conversations surrounding the league MVP are ramping up. And Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott has rightfully played his way into MVP talks.

Cowboys linebacker Micah Parsons has been saying it all season. "Yall on here trying to convince Dak not top 3 in mvp!" Parsons tweeted on Nov. 28, alongside a graphic comparing Prescott's stats this season to Mahomes through Week 12. "Make it make sense."

The Philadelphia Eagles' Jalen Hurts, San Francisco 49ers' Brock Purdy and Christian McCaffrey and Baltimore Ravens' Lamar Jackson are also dominating MVP talks. Here's how Prescott's numbers stack up this season:

Dak Prescott stats

Prescott has a 68.8% completion percentage through 14 games this season (all starts), which is currently the fourth-best percentage in the league. Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa leads the league with a 71.0% completion rate through 14 games (all starts).

Prescott has 3,639 passing yards (fifth in the league), 28 passing touchdowns (second), seven interceptions and a passer rating of 104 (third).

In comparison, Purdy has 3,795 yards (second), 29 touchdowns (first), seven interceptions with a 119 passer rating (first) and a 69.8% completion percentage (second) through 14 games. Mahomes has 3,703 passing yards (fourth), 25 touchdowns (tied for fifth), 13 interceptions (third most) with a 93.2 passer rating and 67.4% completion rate through 14 games. Hurts has 3,335 passing yards (13th), 19 passing touchdowns (tied for 13th), 12 interceptions (tied for fourth most) with a 89.9 passer rating and 65.7% completion rate through 14 games.

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) drops back to pass against the Washington Commanders during the second quarter at AT&T Stadium.
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) drops back to pass against the Washington Commanders during the second quarter at AT&T Stadium.

How many interceptions does Dak Prescott have?

Prescott has thrown seven interceptions through 14 games this season, compared to a league-high 15 interceptions thrown in 12 games played last season.

What is Dak Prescott's prime-time record?

Prescott has a career record of 71-40 as a starter. Prescott is 24-11 during his career in regular-season prime-time games, including a 12-8 record on "Sunday Night Football."

Here is a breakdown:

  • NFL Kickoff Game: 0-1

  • "Thursday Night Football": 6-1

  • Saturday night: 1-0

  • "Sunday Night Football": 12-8

  • "Monday Night Football": 5-1

Dak Prescott MVP odds

According to the latest NFL MVP betting odds provided by BetMGM, Prescott is a top-three contender to win the MVP award:

  • 1. QB Brock Purdy, San Francisco 49ers (-200)

  • 2. QB Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens (+500)

  • 3. QB Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys (+600)

  • 4. QB Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills (+1000)

  • 5. QB Jalen Hurts, Philadelphia Eagles (+1100)

  • 6. RB Christian McCaffrey, San Francisco 49ers (+2000)

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Dak Prescott MVP chances: Cowboys QB still in running after Bills loss