Prop: Dak Prescott (+250)
Despite only managing to play just four full games last season, Dak Prescott was playing the absolute best ball of his career. He was on pace for a record breaking year of over 6,000 yards in the season through just five games and averaging well over 400 yards a game. Had he continued these kinds of numbers then he definitely would have been in major contention for the NFL’s Most Valuable Player.
Unfortunately though sometimes the worst things happen to the best people and this was no different in Dak’s case – suffering a dislocated and compound fracture to his ankle in week 5 against NFC East rival the New York Giants. Dak’s injury caused him to miss the remaining 11 games of the season and forced the Cowboys to rely on multiple backup quarterbacks with an already injured team on both sides of the ball. To no surprise the Cowboys missed the playoffs because of this and were left to wonder “what if?”
That injury was back in October though and we are now on the verge of a new season with a healthy Dak Prescott ready to take back command of his team. With a brand new $160 million contract under his belt that commands a league record $126 million of it guaranteed, a focused and healthy Dak Prescott is what this team needs to become the top-5 offense it was looking to be early last season.
Having one of (if not best) the best wide receiver trios in the NFL, a dynamic running back duo, and a fantastic (and now healthy!) offensive line, I see no reason why Dak shouldn’t honestly run away with this award. He is one of the good guys of the league and loved by so many. This is a comeback story for Dak after betting on himself for multiple seasons with a franchise tag to try and win an extension from the richest sports team in the world. It paid off and now he can look to lead this Cowboys team to the postseason in what is still a very weak NFC East division.
The COVID protocols and restrictions hurt many teams around the league last summer, including new head coach for the Cowboys Mike McCarthy. I believe with more chemistry being built between the team and McCarthy, Dak can only improve even more in what should look to be another explosive offense putting up tons of 30+ PPG.
Dak’s feel good story of finally earning his long overdue contract, becoming the face of the Cowboys franchise, and returning from a horrible injury back to peak performance should lead him to winning the 2021 NFL Comeback Player of the Year.
Thanks for reading and best of luck!