With Ezekiel Elliott's six-game suspension starting immediately, pending more legal action by the running back's attorneys, and out until Nov. 30 when the Cowboys take on the Washington Redskins, there will be even more pressure on Prescott to perform at a high level.
He is on pace to throw for 3,814 yards and 35 touchdown passes, which would top what he did as a rookie. He has matched last year's interception total with four in the first five games, but two of the turnovers came on drops by his wide receivers.
Prescott's play has been much better than the Cowboys' 2-3 record.
The Cowboys' win against the Arizona Cardinals was all because of Prescott. He sacrificed himself on a touchdown run in which he was flipped in the air. He made plays out of the pocket when things broke down. He completed 72 percent of his passes and threw two touchdowns.
In the 35-30 loss to the Los Angeles Rams, he threw three touchdown passes and was intercepted once. He missed some throws and was a big part of the cold start to the second half slide that led to the Rams' comeback. He did put the Cowboys in position to tie the game and had a two-point conversion called back because of a dubious holding penalty.
In the 35-31 loss to the Green Bay Packers, he delivered late in the game, almost answering Aaron Rodgers drive for drive. He put together a 17-play drive that ended with him scoring on an 11-yard run with 1 minute, 13 seconds to play. His heroics were forgotten because of what Rodgers did to the Cowboys' defense in the final 73 seconds.
If Elliott's suspension takes hold, he will miss games against two division rivals (Washington and the Philadelphia Eagles), the defending NFC champion (the 3-1 Atlanta Falcons), the only undefeated team in the NFL (Kansas City Chiefs) and the winless San Francisco 49ers and the one-win Los Angeles Chargers.