Cowboys fans, (including me) were probably very surprised this last Sunday when the Cowboys won with Cooper Rush at the helm of the offense. In Week One, Dallas could not move the ball against the defensively superior Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Dak Prescott, who is one the better starting Quarterbacks in the NFL when healthy, looked terrible. Turns out he suffered a hand injury and is out for a little over a month.
With that being sad, Cowboys fans are used to seeing Cooper Rush in the preseason as well as his amazing game last year against the Minnesota Vikings where he led the Cowboys to a thrilling victory. (He has the best winning percentage as a starting Quarterback in NFL history). This past weekend Rush had to take the reins of the offense once again this time against the reigning AFC Champions, The Cincinnati Bengals. The Bengals look atrocious to start the season, and with Joe Burrow on pace to be sacked 111 times, and Burrow does not look comfortable in the pocket when he is protected. Micah Parsons has four sacks through two games this year which means he is on pace for thirty four sacks this year which would blow the previous record out of the water.
Cooper Rush did his job going 19-31 with 235 yards and 1 TD. He had some throws here and there that missed and the defender proved why he should be on defense. Tony Pollard ended up with 98 total yards and a touchdown, Noah Brown played outstanding with 5 catches for 91 yards and a touchdown as well.
Is Cooper Rush the savior? No, but he has proved he can manage games in the NFL. The Bengals on the other hand, should be worried about this season as they have started 0-2 and look disjointed on offense. Good luck Cinci!