Teams in the National Football League do not find success in moral victories. Ultimately, teams have to put enough tallies in the win column in order to capture the ultimate prize.

But if the Dallas Cowboys and their fans needed a moral victory, last Thursday was exactly the time for one.

Dak Prescott showed everyone that he's worth every penny of the four-year, $160 million contract he signed earlier this year. And with Thursday's performance, not only has he made himself the far-and-away favorite for the Comeback Player of the Year just one week into the season, Dak has thrust himself into the MVP discussion.

As Cowboys offensive coordinator Kellen Moore said on Monday: “He stood in there strong, he took some shots, delivered and didn’t flinch.”

Prescott was simply sensational in his return to the field after missing the vast majority of 2020 with one of the nastiest ankle/leg injuries you'll see on the gridiron. Prior to the injury, Dak was putting faith in so many that questioned whether or not he was the guy to carry the mantle as the franchise quarterback of America's Team. He was on a blistering pace in passing yards, coming off a 4,900-yard season the year prior. When a quarterback with Dak's skill set goes down with such a severe injury, then has a shoulder issue in training camp, skepticism was warranted.