Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones sought a quarterback controversy before their Week 3 game against the New York Giants because Cooper Rush was starting in place of injured quarterback Dak Prescott.
On Monday night, Jones might have had his fantasy come true.
The previously unbeaten Giants were defeated by the Cowboys in a comeback victory of 23-16. Rush had fewer than spectacular throws (21-of-31, 215 yards, one touchdown), but he helped Dallas score 17 points in the second half to win his second consecutive start and improve to 3-0 in his career.
Following a thumb injury to his throwing hand in Week 1, Prescott stated before Monday’s game that he could make a comeback as early as Week 4. After Rush’s performance in the last two games, Skip Bayless wants the Cowboys to give it some thought.
On Tuesday’s “Undisputed,” Bayless claimed, “Trust me, the Dallas Cowboys are at a nine right now on a scale of 1-10 on a quarterback problem.” The explanation is that you should have an eye exam since your eyes are revealing the truth.
Though they are telling you the truth, you claim they are lying to you. You’ve now seen Cooper Rush manage this offence at a very high level over the course of three games on extremely difficult, difficult stages.
He is a far superior backup quarterback than Andy Dalton has ever imagined himself to be. Clearly, he is superior to Garrett Gilbert and Ben DiNucci. My eye test indicates that he is actually running this offence at a higher level than Dak has been for a few years, one that is more reliable and effective.
Although Rush’s performance on Monday wasn’t particularly impressive in terms of numbers, Bayless gave him a good grade overall. In the first two games, the Giants’ defence only let up 36 points. Not only were the Cowboys able to generate five scoring drives, but Rush also avoided being sacked in the face of Wink Martindale’s blitz-heavy Giants defence.
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Bayless was amazed by how Rush and the Cowboys offensive line handled the persistent pressure.
Ink Martindale wanted to “light him up” and “make him a sweetie in the headlights” last night, Bayless added. “To me, the ‘Big Red Rocket’ was like a bear in headlights all night. I can imagine how it must feel for those quarterbacks to nearly always have to stand up against free rushers while taking a direct hit to the face. After each toss, he maintained his composure. He was hit in the face while making so many big plays.
Rush was only hit by the quarterback twice by the Giants, but the quarterback once again came through. Rush led the Cowboys on an 11-play, 89-yard drive that culminated in a one-yard touchdown pass to CeeDee Lamb in the back corner of the end zone with the score tied 13-13 at the start of the fourth quarter.
Rush has led the Cowboys on a game-winning drive for the second week in a row. In Week 2, Rush completed three throws for 30 yards in the waning 57 seconds to set up Brett Maher for the go-ahead field goal that gave Dallas a 20-17 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals.
Rush also delivered a touchdown pass in the last minute of his one start in 2021 to hoist the Cowboys past the Minnesota Vikings. Rush’s clutch performance, according to Bayless, has won him over.
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Cooper Rush is extraordinarily exceptional, according to Bayless. Cooper Rush is managing that offence more successfully and efficiently than I’ve ever seen Dak Prescott manage it.
As I have mentioned, he controls that offence and plays with fearless composure. Six years have passed since he began. 28 years old is the man. He is not a naive newbie who is being thrown into the fire.
Just two weeks after his surgery, Prescott had his stitches removed on Monday. While he didn’t rule out a Week 4 return against the Commanders, Prescott is aiming to play against the Rams in Week 5 of his comeback.