No Dak, no problem! On Halloween night, the Dallas Cowboys faced a challenge as they battled off against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium with a backup quarterback, Cooper Rush. Sunday night primetime game, everyone is watching, and you’re making your first career NFL start, family and friends in the stands hoping you have a great game. After the Sunday night performance, Rush had a statement game; he threw for 325 yards, two touchdowns, and just one interception (off a tipped pass), becoming the first player to pass for 300+ yards and win in his first career start on the road in a night game since Gary Hogeboom did it in the 1984 season opener with Dallas, according to NFL research.
The throw that sealed the deal was the 5-yard touchdown to Amari Cooper, who was dealing with a slight hamstring injury during this game; he was eager to come back and make the play. Cooper and CeeDee Lamb both had a 100+ yard game, and Cedrick Wilson had the big 73-yard score that tied the game.
Even though the winning streak is continuing for the Cowboys, Trevon Diggs’s interception streak stopped at six, leaving him at just seven interceptions in eight weeks. Even though there were no interceptions this week, the Cowboys’ defense still did what they had to do to secure a win. They kept the Vikings to being 1 of 13 on third down. Micah Parsons had 11 tackles, and four of those were tackles for loss. The rookie has been balling out and shows no sign of slowing down.
As far as injuries go, Dallas lost Tyron Smith and Trevon Diggs to ankle injuries and Jabril Cox to a knee injury. Both ankle injuries seem to be ankle sprains and will be monitored over the next week, and Cox may have an ACL injury that they will further look into as the week continues. The Cowboys are hopeful to have Dak back as QB1 for next Sunday’s game against the Denver Broncos at home at 1:00 PM EST.