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How concerning is Dak Prescott’s performance in Cowboys’ loss to Broncos? | You Pod to Win the Game

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  • Dallas Cowboys
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  • Dak Prescott
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  • Frank Schwab
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Yahoo Sports’ Charles Robinson and Frank Schwab discuss the Broncos’ dismantling of the Cowboys. Should there be red flag warning on Dak Prescott’s health? Can the depleted Broncos save Vic Fangio’s job? Hear the full conversation on the You Pod to Win the Game podcast. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher or wherever you listen.

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FRANK SCHWAB: I mean, if you would have told me like, yeah, it was a 30-0 game. I said, wow, the Broncos really got blown out. No, no, it was the Dallas Cowboys who got blown out. They put some garbage up at the end. 30 to 16 is the final, but they got destroyed in this game. I was shocked, absolutely shocked that the Dallas Cowboys were sitting on zero points with five minutes to go in this game. And Dak Prescott at some point in the fourth quarter had, like, 97 yards, and it's not like a running game was going.

What in the heck do we make of the Dallas Cowboys after today? Because they got-- they got their hats handed to them. This was an awful performance.

CHARLES ROBINSON: Well, I thought-- I thought two things. Number one, the defense got killed by the-- I mean, they just got beat to hell. Like, Javonte Williams and Melvin Gordon beat them up. And I'm talking about, like, go back to-- I want to say it was the Melvin Gordon touchdown where Micah Parsons just got destroyed on the edge. And, you know, like I said, Javonte Williams had a day. I mean, they almost ran for 200 yards.

Like, you're-- so there's that aspect where defensively, even though the Cowboys did get some pressure on Teddy Bridgewater at times, they never were in check with that run game, which is a huge problem.

And by the way, I'll be honest with you here. If you want to talk about what's going to happen next offseason for the Cowboys, there's already talk about the retooling that's got to happen with some of the run game, the linebackers. Just stay tuned for that because the second level of that defense is definitely going to get some attention this offseason.

And then the flip side of that, straight up, I thought Dak looked like a quarterback who hadn't played in a couple of weeks. Like, he looked--

FRANK SCHWAB: Yeah.

CHARLES ROBINSON: He just didn't-- he looked rusty. Like, he looked-- he was misfiring on things that normally, you know, just up until this point in the season, you know, he was not missing on.

And part of me is like, OK, well, there was the bye. And then obviously there was-- you know, he sits out the week before that, Cooper Rush. So I'm like, OK, this is a couple weeks.

I'm hoping-- I'm hoping-- we'll see-- that this isn't-- I don't want to see him start to struggle and then hear after the season, oh, you know what? It was that calf. You know, it was the calf, which I did not like, you know, when they came out and admitted it has something to do with the ankle injury. Sort of it's aggravated, you know, this calf and how he's moving and things.

I'm like, dude, that's really bad, you know, when somebody's suffering--

FRANK SCHWAB: It's concerning, yeah.

CHARLES ROBINSON: It is because you and I have seen, particularly in football, somebody messes up their foot, and next thing you know, they have a knee problem. And it's because they compensated for that foot, and it's doing something to their knee. They're moving in a way that's not normal.

I'm not saying that that's with Dak, but I'm going to, you know, pull back a little bit here because it's one week. It's concerning, particularly given that Denver-- you know, I don't want to say you feel like they're throwing in the towel because they were 4 and 4 when they traded Von Miller, but you're kind of like OK. You know, like, you're moving on from Von. Like, you know, you kind of feel like this is a team in a little bit of flux. And then they come out and they just beat the hell out of Dallas with, frankly, a lot of fans that sounded like they had a lot of Denver fans in AT&T.

My question to you is are the Broncos-- could they save Vic Fangio's job? Because I thought for sure Vic Fangio, regardless of what happened-- they're playing for him. Like, you can't deny that. They're still playing.

FRANK SCHWAB: I mean, it was really impressive. Could they save his job? They might. Really, like, if they can keep-- look, they get the Eagles next week. They could beat the Eagles. All of a sudden you're 6 and 4 and, you know, you get to sneak into the playoffs somehow. You can-- yeah. I don't know that Vic Fangio gets fired if they go 10 and 7 and make the playoffs. Like, at that point, you've shown some progress. Yeah.

Maybe that's where we're heading with this, that the Denver Broncos, you know, yeah, they were beating some bad teams before, but they all count. They're all bricks in the foundation. And then, you know, you look up and you get a quality win, and now you're 5 and 4 and you're right in the mix.

So I just-- how could you not be impressed with what Denver did today even though for the first eight weeks of season I was very lukewarm on them because, well, OK, you beat the Jaguars. What does that matter? But today was a quality win for them.