Dak Prescott Passes Tom Brady for Most Passes to Start Career Without an INT

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistOctober 16, 2016

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 09: Dak Prescott #4 of the Dallas Cowboys warms up on the sidelines before the start of a game against the Cincinnati Bengals at AT&T Stadium on October 9, 2016 in Arlington, Texas. The Cowboys defeated the Bengals 28-14.  (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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Only six games into his NFL career, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott has already made history.

Against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, the rookie signal-caller set a new record for the most pass attempts to start a career without an interception (176), surpassing New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's mark.

On his 177th attempt, Prescott threw an interception to Morgan Burnett, for the first of his career.

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

Dak Prescott. That is all. #History https://t.co/zGB9EiwNPh

Efficiency has been one of Prescott's strongest traits to begin the 2016 season.

Entering Week 6, he was tied for third in completion percentage (69.0) and eighth in passer rating (101.5). Football Outsiders also ranked him second among qualified quarterback in DYAR (defense-adjusted yards above replacement).

Last week, Prescott broke the rookie record on his 135th consecutive pass attempt without an interception. Speaking about the achievement, he acknowledged the role luck has played in his success.

"Some good fortune goes into that," Prescott said, per ESPN.com's Todd Archer. "There have been some passes that have been tipped or been in the defender's hand with a shot to intercept it."

After breaking Brady's record, which extended into his sophomore campaign, Prescott added further ammunition for those who have argued the rookie should hold on to the starting job when Tony Romo returns.

NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported Romo may be riding the bench when his fractured vertebra heals:

Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

Sense I get is Dak has more support in #Cowboys locker room to keep the status quo than Romo has to change it. Romo hasn’t been around much.

Free-agent offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz is strongly considering hopping aboard the Prescott bandwagon:

Geoff Schwartz @geoffschwartz

Dak is doing his best to convince me to change my mind that Romo should be the QB when he's healthy.

Prescott's numbers will likely level off sooner or later, but his hot start can't be written off as a coincidence. Going 160-plus attempts without an interception is good enough for a veteran quarterback, and the accomplishment is all the more impressive for a player in his first year.

Prescott has silenced more of his doubters with each week, and there's little reason to think that will change anytime soon.


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