Dak Prescott looks to keep the remarkable start to his NFL career going when his Dallas Cowboys take on the Pittsburgh Steelers on the road this Sunday.
Prescott will be facing off against a quarterback whose career started very similarly to that of the former Mississippi State QB — Ben Roethlisberger.
In fact, Prescott and Roethlisberger’s first eight career games may be even more similar than one may think. Take a look at this graphic provided by ESPN Stats & Info:
Dak Prescott's numbers through 8 career starts look a lot like those of the QB he faces this weekend, Ben Roethlisberger: pic.twitter.com/waMEi1b457
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) November 9, 2016
Roethlisberger went undefeated in his rookie season in 2004 after taking over the starting job from injured QB Tommy Maddox. Roethlisberger never went back to the bench, leading the Steelers to the AFC Championship game that year and a Super Bowl title the next.
That’s another similarity to Prescott, who only began the season as Dallas’ starter due to an injury to veteran Tony Romo. Now, the Cowboys have a tough decision on their hands as Romo nears a potential return.
While Prescott has more losses (one) than Roethlisberger threw eight career games, he has thrown two more touchdowns and two fewer interceptions than the Pittsburgh QB did by that point in his career.
Prescott, who has also been popular among fans, will try to beat the veteran and help Dallas improve to 8-1 when the two teams face off at Heinz Field on Sunday at 4:25 ET.