With Dak Prescott on the ground, Cooper Rush overtakes the Cowboys ahead of the Vikings – .

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With Dak Prescott on the ground, Cooper Rush overtakes the Cowboys ahead of the Vikings – .


MINNEAPOLIS – Cooper Rush’s first start to the NFL was a decisive win for the soaring Dallas Cowboys with starting quarterback Dak Prescott stranded on the sidelines.
With every opportunity to outlive the first-place team substitute on the other side, Kirk Cousins ​​and the Minnesota Vikings withered in its wake.

Rush replaced an injured Prescott and had 325 yards and two second-half touchdowns, the last a five-yard throw to Amari Cooper with 51 seconds left in the Cowboys’ 20-16 win over the Vikings on Sunday night.

“It was as good as the dream,” said Rush.

Rush, the fifth-year substitute handled offense when Prescott was suspended in a game time decision due to a strained right calf muscle, led an eight-game, 75-yard practice that he completed. with a perfect throw to Cooper on a crossfade the corner of the end zone.

“I was glad everyone got to see that, because it’s Cooper Rush,” said coach Mike McCarthy. “He’s playing the quarterback like a seasoned veteran.

Cooper had eight catches for 122 yards and CeeDee Lamb had six receptions for 112 yards for the Cowboys (6-1), whose only lead came in that final minute. Rush joined Cedrick Wilson for 73 yards on the third play of the third quarter to tie the score at 10.

“Trust the clashes on the outside,” Cooper told Rush over and over. “These guys can’t keep us.

Rush overcame two turnovers, both delivered by former Dallas safety Xavier Woods, to slice the Minnesota secondary as Prescott watched approvingly from the sideline.

Kirk Cousins ​​and the Vikings (3-4) were frequently in disarray on offense, having opened the game with a 75-yard walk for a touchdown pass to Adam Thielen. Greg Joseph scored three field goals to keep them in front for most of the night, but the Vikings totaled just 278 yards against a defense that gave them the second-highest yards-per-game average in the season. NFL at the start of the week.

The cousins ​​finished 23 for 35 for 184 yards, too often settling for the short dump option rather than pushing the ball across the field to Thielen and fellow star Justin Jefferson. Dalvin Cook had 18 carries for 78 yards, but he never found a rhythm because of all the jerks.

The Vikings converted only one of 13 third downs and had eight of 12 possessions last only five games or less. Woods had an interception in the second quarter and forced a fumble with his first career sack in the fourth quarter, but the Vikings didn’t score any of those giveaways.

“It was a combination of cover and pressure,” Cousins ​​said.

Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn had a masterful game plan that was almost undone by a lack of discipline from his squad. The defense counted for nine of the team’s 11 penalties, including three unnecessary harshness calls during the Vikings’ 69-yard run to take the lead on Joseph’s 24-yard kick. Almost half of those yards came from penalties.

“Every game, we hang around, hang around, hang around, let the team hang around, instead of just stepping on the gas and going,” Thielen said.

DOUBLE MENACE

Wilson blew up Mackensie Alexander on a post road for his third touchdown of the season to bring out the Cowboys strong in the second half. Later in the third quarter, he had a big hand on a drive that ended with a fielding from Greg Zuerlein who tied the game at 13. He drew a pass interference penalty on Alexander who scored 14. yards. Then, on a sleight of hand, Wilson made a transfer, rushed into the backfield to avoid a big loss, and found Lamb for a 35-yard completion.

“I can’t say enough about him,” McCarthy said. “He is exceptional. “

FAST WORK

According to NFL research, Rush became the first player to pass for over 300 yards and win in his first career road start in a night game since Gary Hogeboom made it for Dallas. in the first game of the 1984 season. Rush and Hogeboom are both from central Michigan.

NO CHOICE FOR DIGGS

Cowboys cornerback Trevon Diggs saw his season opener stealing streak with an NFL record stopped at six straight games, and former Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs’ younger brother had a night hard.

Diggs received two penalties while covering Justin Jefferson with blatant passing interference for pulling the back of his jersey in the first quarter on a third down pitch and illegal contact in the third quarter. Diggs also lost Thielen on a 32-yard bootleg by Cousins ​​in the fourth and 1st quarter in the second quarter, which allowed Greg Joseph to score the first of two field goals.

INJURY REPORT

Cowboys: Lt. Tyron Smith (ankle), who has been listed as questionable to play, made the injury worse in the second quarter and was ruled out for the remainder of the game. Ty Nsekhe took his place. … LB substitute Jabril Cox (knee) started in the third quarter after being injured in the punt team.

Vikings: Hunter (shoulder) was injured in the second quarter and was sent off at halftime for the remainder of the game. … Peterson (hamstring) was injured in the last game before the exemption and will miss at least two more games. Pierce (elbow) sat down for the

FOLLOWING

Cowboys: Host Denver (4-4) on Sunday.

Vikings: In Baltimore (5-2) on Sunday.

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