Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott enters this year NFL postseason looking to improve their 1-3 record in their playoff career. He will lead the Cowboys into a highly anticipated matchup against Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday night.
But outside of Prescott, what other names on the NFL landscape are facing pressure to deliver in the postseason?
Heading into Super Wild Card weekend,”The first is the first“host Chris Broussard has his eye on a trio of quarterbacks he believes are under the most pressure to get statement wins.
Here’s his latest setlist “Under Duress”.
3. Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills
The perspective: The AFC East champion Bills host the Skylar Thompson-led Miami Dolphins in the wild-card round (Sunday, 1 pm ET). Allen has completed 63.3 percent of his passes for 4,283 yards and 35 touchdowns this season.
Broussard’s thoughts: “Tua Tagovailoa is out. It should be a cakewalk against Miami. Exactly! What if it’s not a cakewalk? What if Josh fights? . . . Josh Allen has to come out here and lay them out quickly, blow them up and run away with and rest next week.”
2. Brock Purdy, San Francisco 49ers
The perspective: The NFC West champion Niners host the Seattle Seahawks in the wild-card round (Saturday, 4:30 p.m. ET, FOX). Purdy has completed 67.1 percent of his throws for 1,374 yards and 13 touchdowns in nine games.
Broussard’s thoughts: “Brock, you’ve passed all the tests, man… Heading into the playoffs…, Brock, you’ve been better than Jimmy [Garoppolo]. You played better, but you have to play better than Jimmy G in the playoffs. That’s what it’s all about. The only way you lose to the Seattle Seahawks is if you play bad, Brock. This is. You have a chance to make history. No, Mr. Irrelevant has he been as good as you at the quarterback position. I believe in you!”
San Francisco 49ers
1. Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys
The perspective: The Dallas Cowboys face the NFC South champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the wild-card 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: “You don’t get paid $40 million a year, Dak, to follow up 12-win seasons with one-and-done style. Dak has a lot of mental hurdles to overcome going into this game. Last week was his worst. His second-worst game of the season, worst until last week, was against Tom Brady in Week 1.. If you lose this game to an 8-9 Tampa Bay Buccaneers team, no I don’t care who the quarterback is — the narrative is going to be Dak can’t win the big games, Dak can’t win the good teams … Dak, I like him, but I’m not sure if I believe in you.”
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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