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Mike McCarthy on backup QB Cooper Rush leading Cowboys to back-to-back wins: ‘He doesn’t get rattled’

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Cooper Rush to the rescue.

The Dallas Cowboys picked up their second win of the season with a backup quarterback at the helm, defeating the New York Giants 23-16 on Monday night.

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The victory brings Rush closer to 3-0 in his career, making starts for an injured Dak Prescott.

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Rush joins Hall of Famers Roger Staubach and Jason Garrett as the only starting QB cowboys to win their first three career starts.

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“Well, he doesn’t get upset,” coach Mike McCarthy said of the Rush after winning the team’s transcript. “…He is the same every day. So consistent. But yes, he plays good football now. I’m glad to acknowledge him for that. He gives us the momentum to keep playing forward.”

The Dallas quarterback became the first undrafted quarterback to win each of his first three starts and throw for 750-plus passing yards in those starts since Hall of Famer Kurt Warner with the Rams in 1999, according to NFL research.

Rush is the first QB since at least 1950 to win his first three career starts with over 60 percent completion, 200-plus passing yards, and 90-plus passer ratings in every start.

On Monday night, Rush played with poise, made a lot of good shots and never faltered on the road. He finished 21 of 31 passes for 215 yards and a no-interception touchdown with a 98.2 passer rating. Those numbers would have looked even better if the receivers had helped him put in some good passes in the first half.

When the Cowboys lost in the third quarter after Saquon Barkley’s brilliant 36-yard TD sprint, Rush didn’t even blink. Dallas scored on each of the next three possessions, including two consecutive touchdowns, to regain the lead.

Rush became one of only two QBs to win a game in each of their first three career starts during the Super Bowl era (Other: Bears’ Virgil Carter in 1968).

With Prescott on the side, Rush proved he could hold the fort.

“Yeah, it’s work,” Rush said. “You have to come and play well every week. Here’s how this league works in each position. From week to week you have to show up and you know we were able to have some momentum last week and it moved into this week and we just don’t hurt ourselves and keep on staying on track and playing I think we’ve got it all will be good”.

When Prescott went down with a hand injury in the first week, it could spell doom for Dallas. Instead, they rose to the occasion with back-to-back victories.

“It says what kind of team you have,” McCarthy said of winning with Rush at center. “These guys leaned on each other. This is an outstanding dressing room. The responsibility is very high. hard times to get where you want to go and hopefully we have built a good foundation to get where we want to go.”

There is no controversy in Dallas about QB. When Duck is healthy, it’s his command.

But Rush has proven to be a stabilizing force that can manage offense and allow the Cowboys’ playmakers to play. You can’t ask for more from a backup QB.


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