Dallas Cowboys are unbeaten since Cooper Rush became their starting quarterback after Week 1 of Dak Prescott thumb wound. Rush is 3-0 this Season, and 4-0 in his career, as a QB1 Cowboy. On Sunday, Rush became the first Dallas QB to start their career with four straight wins. He also entered Hall of Fame QB Kurt Warner as the only unskilled QB in NFL history to win his first four starts and go past at least 1,000 yards.
In three starts this year, Rush is completing 60% of his passes, averaging 184 yards per game, four touchdowns and no interceptions. Sometimes the numbers aren’t as flashy as Prescott’s, but Rush wins. That should be the primary goal, especially for Team America.
Team owner Jerry Jones recently talked about QB argumentative between Rush and Prescott. Well, that time could be near when Prescott could be ready for Week 5 in LA against the Rams. If Dak isn’t ready next week, we’ll see what Rush can really do against his toughest opponent to date.
Rush has beaten The Bengals, Giants and Commanders, aren’t exactly the most brutal schedule, but the Rams should be a good barometer of what Dallas really has in him. Despite going into tonight’s Monday Night Football game against fellow division San Francisco, the Rams are the only NFL team over 0.5 points allowed more than they already have. However, the Rams are rated as one of the better teams in the league, following last year’s Super Bowl victory.
If Prescott is ready, head coach Mike McCarthy (and Jerry Jones) will have a big decision to make. Dallas could woo Rush’s “hot hand” or get back with their $40 million man, Prescott. It’s not entirely clear whether Prescott will be ready, but we’ll know more in the coming days. It depends on how well he can hold the ball with that injured thumb.
This game against the Rams could be the perfect way for McCarthy to escape any potential controversy between his two QBs. The Rams are defending the champions. They have a veteran defense that you would expect to make Rush difficult. Rush is not spectacular by any means; he is still stable. He played it safe and didn’t make any mistakes. That may not be enough in this game. There will likely be points against the Rams where the Cowboys need him to make something happen. That will be more difficult to accomplish, with Aaron Donald taking charge of him.
Week 5 is most likely the match where Rush is exposed as another flash of lightning in the pan. And the Rams’ defense features some smug guys like Jalen Ramsey, who you know is looking to grab Rush’s first INT. If Rush played and won again, Jones would probably chuckle in amusement. Before Jones responded to his comment, he seemed excited at the thought of a QB controversy.
Dallas may have another Prescott, Tony Romo situation in their hands if Rush counters and beats the Rams. Romo was injured last season in 2016, Prescott took over, and the Cowboys took off. By the time Romo was ready to return mid-year, the damage had already been done. Rush has only been in a couple of games, but the Cowboys attack under Cooper seems much more effective than it was in Week 1 after Dak.