The Dallas Cowboys Are 2-1 and Cooper Rush Is 3-0 Under Center
By Alex Al-Kazzaz
No doubt, it wasn't the prettiest win for the Dallas Cowboys, but they got the job done. After the Giants took a 13-6 lead in the third quarter, the team finally came alive and everything turned out all right for the Cowboys. Even WR CeeDee Lamb had to find a way to shine after dropping what certainly would have been a touchdown in the first half. Dallas wins 23-16 and has now won seven straight games against NFC East opponents.
For the defense, they did their job to the best of their ability and it paid off. Of course, there were some blunders here and there, but overall, the defense did very well. They were able to sack Daniel Jones a total of five times and force a turnover at the perfect moment. Keeping Jones under 200 passing yards with no touchdowns and one interception speaks for itself. But what about keeping Saquon Barkley under 100 rushing yards? Definitely respectable considering his start to the season. DeMarcus Lawrence registered three sacks, thus having his third career game with at least three sacks.
A total of FIVE sacks for the Cowboys' defense against the Giants and a total of 13 for the season so far. Trevon Diggs made the game-winning interception in spectacular fashion. Jones was pressured 23 times by the Dallas defense.
The running game was quite effective. A total of 178 yards combined for Tony Pollard and Ezekiel Elliott. Much to the surprise of many, the running game was never abandoned. No doubt, the running game had a mishap here and there, but miraculously, it never disappeared. Elliott punched in a touchdown for his first of the season. Veteran offensive linemen Jason Peters was active and was able to make a significant impact. It's worth mentioning that the offensive line didn't even allow a sack in this game!
Another respectable game for Cooper Rush. 21-for-31 for 215 yards and a touchdown. The offensive line did a great job protecting him and he was able to connect well in the passing game. He would have had a fantastic touchdown pass if Lamb had been able to hold on, but they both went on to make up for it in the fourth quarter. Lamb redeemed himself with a beautiful one-handed touchdown catch. He even a few great catches before the touchdown, so it's safe to say that Lamb was fully committed to justifiably gaining some redemption.
On Sunday, the Cowboys return home to welcome their longtime historical archrivals, the Washington Commanders. Dallas is looking to improve to 3-1. Philadelphia is in control of the division as they are 3-0. Dallas will take on Philadelphia on the 16th of next month on the road.
The return of Dak Prescott remains unknown. However, it was reported that Prescott made a few throws during warms-ups against New York. It was also reported that Prescott had the stitches removed from his throwing hand and that he won't rule himself out for Week 4.