Back in 2016, rookie quarterback Dak Prescott was thrust into the starting quarterback job for the Dallas Cowboys, due to an injury to star Tony Romo. He never looked back.
Teddy Bridgewater finds himself in a bit of a different situation. He was a starter for the Minnesota Vikings before a devastating knee injury derailed his career for a few years. Now, he is a New Orleans Saint, and finds himself as the starter, with Drew Brees sidelined by a torn thumb ligament.
This weekend, Prescott and Bridgewater will go head-to-head in a huge Sunday Night Football showdown of NFC contenders. The Cowboys are undefeated, while New Orleans is 2-1 on the year.
Ahead of the road trip for the Cowboys, NFL Network reporter Jane Slater asked Prescott about being in position to step in for an injured star quarterback.
She wondered if Prescott “sympathized” with the situation in which Bridgewater finds himself, and Prescott made it very clear that she has things backwards. This isn’t a tough situation for Teddy Two Gloves, it is a great opportunity.
“Sympathize? It’s an opportunity. Don’t look at what those guys have done, that’s not for you to say I’ve got to follow behind Drew Brees or Tony Romo. It’s ‘I’ve got the keys to the car and I don’t care if they are for a week or for the rest of my career. I’ve got the keys so what do I do with them now?’ So wish him the best obviously, not this week, but its a great opportunity, a great chance especially after everything he’s been through. I saw that video in the postgame. Be grateful. You can tell that he is but take advantage of it.”
In two games so far, Teddy Bridgewater has completed 36-of-57 throws for 342 yards, two touchdowns, and no interceptions. He’s done a fine job managing the offense in Brees’ absence.
Dak Prescott, meanwhile, is thriving under new offensive coordinator Kellen Moore. He’s completing 74.5-percent of his throws, for 920 yards, nine touchdowns, and two interceptions through three games. It looks like he’s taken things to a new level this season, after almost immediately improving after the Amari Cooper trade last year.
Sunday night’s game kicks off at 8:30 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast on NBC.