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Mailbag: Running Dak Prescott More Often?

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I know it isn’t as simple as the numbers are suggesting, but the difference in our record when Dak runs vs. when he doesn’t run is staggering. I was surprised Dak didn’t take off and run a single time in the Vikings game (either on a zone read, a designed run). Is that something the Vikings game planned for and took away, or was there any reason we didn’t see it during the game on Sunday night? You would think that would’ve helped open things up for Zeke a little bit more if they had to respect that.- AUSTIN D / PHOENIX, AZ

Bryan: I get what you’re saying here about Prescott and his ability to run. The Vikings did a great job of not being out of position on those designed RPOs. They took that part of the equation away from him. If you muddy the quarterback’s read you can affect the play, which they did. Play your assignment and you can play winning defense.

Rob: Tuesday on 105.3 The Fan, Cowboys owner/GM Jerry Jones did indicate this might help the run game. I don’t know exactly what qualifies as ‘running vs. not running’ and how that impacts the record in your mind. I do agree that Prescott’s mobility is a great option in moderation, particularly down in the red zone. It looked like a zone-read play on first down from the Vikings’ 6 on the field goal drive in the fourth quarter, and Dak handed it off. So it’s not like it’s been totally abandoned.

While I'm not happy to see anybody get hurt, I am excited to see Xavier Su’a-Filo get another shot at playing. What can they do with Xavier that maybe Connor Williams hasn't been great at this year? - ALEX KYLES / LAS VEGAS, NV

Bryan: I get your excitement, but with Su’a-Filo I’d get ready for some problems dealing with quick inside defenders, especially in pass protection. Sure the power is there, but the ability to quickly adjust is not. Prescott is going to have to be ready for things happening inside quickly when it comes to pressure.

Rob: Sunday night wasn’t the offensive line’s best in the running game. But I do think Williams has been a better player this season. Fewer instances where strength is an issue. Su’a-Filo brought some power to the run game while filling in for Williams last year. He also was limited by injury at times. They’re fortunate to have his experience available in this situation, though.

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