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Cowboys’ Cooper Rush Makes History with First Four Wins

Cooper Rush has become part of an exclusive club of quarterbacks who’ve had flawless starting seasons since the NFL’s inception. His latest role in the Cowboys’ 25-10 win against the Commanders on Sunday (Oct. 2) gave him a squeaky-clean 4-0 record in his first four Dallas starts–which makes him the first Cowboys quarterback in history to do so.

Rush, who’s been filling in for Dak Prescott since the latter’s thumb injury against the Buccaneers in September, won his first NFL start for the Cowboys in 2021 after a 20-16 victory against the Vikings. He was then signed to the team’s taxi squad during the offseason and was activated before the Cowboys’ season opener against Tampa Bay, which saw the Cowboys lose and Prescott break his thumb. While Cowboys fans initially saw a doomed season for their team, Rush’s dexterity on the field has quickly turned things around for Dallas. 

Rush’s second and third wins came after the Cowboys’ triumphs over Cincinnati (20-17) and the New York Giants (23-16), rounding out his record-breaking streak on Sunday against the Commanders. Rush completed 15 of 27 passes for 223 yards, which included a 9-yard TD pass to Michael Gallup and a 30-yard TD pass to CeeDee Lamb. 

In a post-game press conference, Cooper Rush professed that he had fun during the match. “It’s been fun … trying to enjoy it. The NFL doesn’t let you enjoy it much. Quarterback win stats are what they are. It’s a team game.” The quarterback also humbly credited the Dallas defense for their win, saying, “They’re the reason we’re winning; it’s just plain and simple. Those guys, I mean, 10 points in the NFL is pretty impressive. As an offense, knowing they have your back like that, it’s huge. One of their messages is we have everyone’s back. They walk the walk.”

As Dak Prescott’s thumb recovers, he is looking to return for the Cowboys’ match against the Rams next week. While sources still haven’t confirmed who will be playing, there’s still a strong likelihood that we’ll see Rush in action again. And if his lucky streak is anything to go by, perhaps it’ll be for the better.


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