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TEXAS STARS: Dak Prescott And Deshaun Watson Are The Best In-State QB Tandems In The NFL.


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Stop me if you have heard this before. People from Texas think mighty highly of themselves. Wait. Let me say this again. Individuals who were born in “The United States of Texas” think that anything outside of Texas is foreign land. Google how many times Texas has tried to secede from the U.S.


We like to call it “Texit” named after the move that Great Britain pulled off by leaving the European Union (Brexit). Remember Texas declared independence from Mexico 1836 and spent nine years as its own nation. So we are very familiar about being on our own. Also, there are only three power grids in the United States. One on the East Coast. One on the West Coast. And yes, you guessed it. One that powers the state of Texas.


Now that I have given you a history lesson on Texas arrogance, let me take it one step further. There are six states that have multiple NFL football teams, but only one state houses the two best young quarterbacks in the league and that’s. Ok. Sing it with me.


The stars at night

Are big and bright

Deep in the heart of Texas.


The Houston Texans (Deshaun Watson) and Dallas Cowboys (Dak Prescott) has done an excellent job of setting themselves up for the future when it comes to the quarterback position. Even with the looming contract negotiations between the Cowboys and Prescott. There is not a better quarterback duo in any state.


By now you are saying to yourself that this is a homer type article. He is using his platform to pump up his state. Well let’s take a look at what the other five states has to offer and you be the judge.


California:

L.A. Rams – Jared Goff L.A. Chargers – Phillip Rivers Oakland – Derek Carr

49ers – Jimmy Garoppolo


New York:

Giants – Eli Manning Bills – Josh Allen Jets – Sam Darnold


Florida:

Jacksonville – Nick Foles Miami – Josh Rosen Tampa Bay – Jameis Winston


Ohio:

Cleveland – Baker Mayfield Cincinnati – Andy Dalton


Pennsylvania:

Pittsburgh – Ben Roethlisberger Philadelphia – Carson Wentz


Now that you have had a chance to look at what the other states have to offer, please tell me any duo that is better than the “Double D’s.” At best I would say Ohio because of the talent that Baker Mayfield possess.


Since coming into the league in 2017, Deshaun Watson has shown the rest of the NFL that he is the real deal. After a short rookie season due to injury, he played a complete season last year and was very successful in leading the Texans on a nine-game winning streak, a division title, and a playoff berth.


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Watson saved some of his best work for last when he led the NFL in passer rating the last nine games of the season at 115.2. He also ranked eighth in the NFL in TD-INT ratio at 26-9, sixth in passer rating at 103.1, and sixth in passing attempts at 8.2 yards per attempt. Those stats were accomplished while being sacked a league-high 62 times last year.

Watson should be able to improve on those numbers with a healthy wide receiver group, the return of running back D’Onta Foreman to the backfield, and two massive tight ends in Jordan Thomas and Jordan Akins.


If you slide on up 45 North from Houston you will end up at AT&T Stadium or as some like to call it, “Jerry’s World.” It’s the home of “America’s Team,” the Dallas Cowboys. Leading that team, is the other half of the dynamic duo of Texas NFL quarterbacks. Dak Prescott has accomplished a lot in his short time in the league.


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The 2016 NFL AP Offensive Rookie of the Year has won his division twice within the last three years and has been clutch with late game heroics. Over the last three seasons, Prescott has the most game winning drives (14) in the NFL. He also has brought the Cowboys back from the hand of defeat by posting eight fourth quarter comebacks.


Prescott has thrown for 10,876 yards and 67 touchdowns in his career and going into a contract year should increase those number significantly. He will have a full year with wide receiver Amari Cooper who helped boost his passer rating from 86.8 to 104.6 when he joined the team via trade from the Oakland Raiders mid-season.


The Cowboys will also get some of its protection back for Dak as former all-pro center Travis Frederick returns to captain an offensive line that gave up 56 sacks on last year. Prescott has performed very well playing with Frederick for the short amount of time he has.


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Watson and Prescott are by far the best 1-2 punch in the NFL when it comes to states with multiple professional football teams. If they both stay healthy throughout their careers with their current teams and continue to be successful, they will clearly go down as the two best quarterbacks from the same state to play in the NFL.


If that holds true, it won’t fair well for anyone who resides outside of the “United States of Texas” because the trash talk will never cease. Have you ever had a conversation with a diehard Cowboys fans that doesn’t include the five Super Bowl rings? Multiply that by one hundred and then add seven million to it. Yep that’s how bad it would be.

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