The Dallas Cowboys’ looked finished for the season just three weeks ago, but Cooper Rush had something to say about that.
Dallas was little match for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who defeated them 19-3 in Week 1. Worse yet, star quarterback Dak Prescott required hand surgery and had to miss several weeks of action.
But thanks to the heroics of Dallas’ backup QB, the team is now 3-1 on the year and suddenly looking every bit like a playoff team. Rush led Dallas to a third straight win on Sunday, a 25-10 victory over the rival Washington Commanders.
With Dallas now sitting comfortably at 3-1, many fans are calling for the team to continue starting Rush in favor of Prescott.
Another stat worth noting: Rush is the first quarterback in Cowboys history to win each of his first four starts with the franchise. Even Roger Staubach, Troy Aikman, Tony Romo and Prescott didn’t reach that feat.
On Sunday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Prescott “is eyeing” a return for next Sunday’s Week 5 road game against the Los Angeles Rams. Prescott resumed to throwing a football this week, Schefter added.
In Week 4, Rush completed 15 of 27 pass attempts for 223 yards and two touchdowns without throwing a single interception. This came six days after he helped Dallas defeat the New York Giants 23-16 on Monday night to hand the rivals their first loss of the season.
Rush won his first start of 2022 by leading Dallas to a 20-17 win over the defending AFC Champion Cincinnati Bengals. His first start for Dallas took place against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 8 of last year, a 20-16 Cowboys victory.
The Cowboys will most certainly go back to Prescott once he’s cleared for a return. But for the first time in No. 4’s career, the pressure is especially on to perform well with a quality backup available at the Cowboys’ disposal.