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Have Cowboys found a blueprint to winning without Dak Prescott?

By David Helman
FOX Sports Dallas Cowboys Writer

That’s the type of effort it’s going to take if the Dallas Cowboys are going to weather this Dak Prescott absence. 

It’s one of the oldest cliches in football, but Sunday’s 20-17 upset of Cincinnati felt like the epitome of a team win. Across the span of four stressful quarters, you could have re-written the story of who won this game for Dallas at least four different times.

Let’s get the obvious, boring one out of the way. Quarterbacks get all the love, but it’s impossible to deny that Cooper Rush has now been placed in a tough situation twice by Prescott injuries, and his response has been to merely guide the Cowboys to a 2-0 record in his two starts.

“That’s all you want as a quarterback – you want the respect of your teammates,” Rush said. “We were able to just go out and play today, truly a team win.”

Rush’s performance Sunday isn’t going to win him awards, but his poise and command of this offense were remarkable in helping the Cowboys out to a shocking early lead.

Across two early touchdown drives in the first quarter, Rush completed seven of his first eight passes for 111 yards and a touchdown.

To be blunt, Rush and his offense disappeared for roughly the following two hours. But given a chance to seal the deal at the end of regulation, he delivered. Starting at his own 35-yard line with 0:57 to play, Rush went 3-for-3 for 30 yards, completing passes to CeeDee Lamb and Noah Brown to move Brett Maher into position for the walkoff kick.

Oh, right. Then there’s Maher. The Cowboys’ decision to re-sign their former kicker back in August was met with a collective facepalm from the team’s entire fanbase. After all, he was cut back in 2019 for prolonged and maddening struggles with consistency.

One thing that could never be questioned about the veteran kicker is his leg. Maher had already easily connected from 54 yards at the end of the first half. So when the Cowboys sent him out to win the game from a distance…

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