Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott enters this year NFL playoffs looking to better their career record of 1-3 in the playoffs. He will lead the Cowboys in a highly anticipated game against Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday night.
But aside from Prescott, what other names on the NFL landscape face pressure to deliver in the playoffs?
Heading into the Super Wild Card weekend,”First of all” to host Chris Brossard has his eye on a trio of quarterbacks he believes are under the most pressure to pick up wins.
Here is his latest “Under Duress” list.
3. Josh Allen, Buffalo Tickets
Perspectives : The AFC East champion Bills host the Miami Dolphins led by Skylar Thompson in the wildcard round (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET). Allen has completed 63.3% of his passes for 4,283 yards and 35 touchdowns this season.
Broussard’s thoughts: “Tua Tagovailoa is out. This should be a cakewalk against Miami. Precisely! What if it wasn’t a cakewalk? What if Josh struggles? blow it up and run away with it and rest for the next week.”
2. Brock Purdy, San Francisco 49ers
Perspectives : The NFC West champion Niners host the Seattle Seahawks in the wildcard round (Saturday, 4:30 p.m. ET, FOX). Purdy has completed 67.1% of his throws for 1,374 yards and 13 touchdowns in nine games.
Broussard’s thoughts: “Brock, you passed all the tests man. … On your way to the playoffs … you, Brock, have been better than Jimmy [Garoppolo]. You played better, but you have to play better than Jimmy G did in the playoffs. That’s what it’s about. The only way to lose to the Seattle Seahawks is to play badly, Brock. That’s it. You have a chance to go down in history. No, Mr. Irrelevant was as good as you at quarterback. I believe in you!”
San Francisco 49ers
1. Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys
Perspectives : The Dallas Cowboys take on the NFC South champions Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the wildcard round (Monday, 8:15 p.m. ET). Prescott has completed 66.2 percent of his passes for 2,860 yards and 23 touchdowns this season.
Broussard’s thoughts: “They’re not paying you $40 million a year, Dak, to track 12-win seasons bouncing a unique style. Dak has a lot of mental hurdles to overcome before this game. Last week was his worst game ever. all-time before these playoffs His second-worst game of the season, worst until last week, was against Tom Brady in Week 1. … If you lose that game against a Tampa Bay Buccaneers team 8- 9 – I don’t care who the quarterback is – the narrative will be Dak can’t win the big games, Dak can’t beat the good teams…. Dak, I like you, but I don’t know if I believe in you.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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