Monday Night Football: Cooper Rush, DeMarcus Lawrence lead Cowboys to 23-16 win over Giants

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Daniel Jones will spend the week in an ice bath. Cooper Rush may spend next week back on the bench.

Rush moved his career record to 3-0 as a starter, leading the Cowboys to a 23-16 victory over the Giants on Monday Night Football. The Cowboys moved to 2-1 and handed the Giants their first loss as they fell to 2-1.

Rush completed 21 of 31 passes for 215 yards and a touchdown. That after passing for 235 yards and a touchdown in last week’s 20-17 victory over the Bengals.

Starter Dak Prescott, though, could return as soon as Week 4 against the Commanders. He had the stitches removed from his surgically repaired right thumb Monday.

But Rush did what he had to do in the two games Prescott missed, protecting the football and managing the game.

He got help from Tony Pollard and Ezekiel Elliott, who combined to rush for 178 yards on 28 carries.

CeeDee Lamb, who dropped what could have been a 52-yard touchdown in the first half, ended up catching eight passes for 87 yards and a touchdown. He made four of his receptions for 48 yards, including a fourth-down catch and the 1-yard touchdown, on the drive that gave Dallas a 20-13 lead with 8:30 left in the fourth quarter.

Jones took a beating, getting sacked five times, pressured a career-high 24 times and taking 11 hits. DeMarcus Lawrence, who left for the locker room during the game with a foot injury, had three sacks and six tackles.

Jones completed 20 of 37 passes for 196 yards and an interception. He also ran for 79 yards on nine carries.

Jones now is 0-9 in prime-time games in his career.

Trevon Diggs, who somehow let a pick-six go through his hands earlier in the game, ended things with a pick of Jones with 1:11 left. It was his first interception of the season after he led the NFL with 11 interceptions last season. David Sills fell down while making a cut, leaving Diggs to intercept the pass.

On the same play, Sterling Shepard grabbed his knee on a non-contact play with no one around him. He had to be carted off the field.

Saquon Barkley ran for 81 yards on 14 carries, including a 36-yard touchdown run that gave the Giants their only lead at 13-6 with 5:31 left in the third quarter. He also caught four passes for 45 yards.

38 responses to “Monday Night Football: Cooper Rush, DeMarcus Lawrence lead Cowboys to 23-16 win over Giants

  1. Neither of these teams are any good but am I the only one who honestly thinks the Cowboys offense runs more smoothly with Rush than Prescott?

    Way better pocket presence and looks more comfortable reading defenses.

    His receivers let him down too. Cowboys had multiple opportunities to score even more TDs in this game if CD doesn’t drop the biggest layup of a 50+ yard pass.

  2. The first 30 minutes of the game were some of the worst offensive football of the year. Receivers couldn’t catch (lamb), RBs couldn’t run (Saquon) and both QBs looked really bad. In the end the Cowboys offensive line was the difference. Giving Rush a little more time than Jones and Zeke/pollard a little more running room.

    If any game showcases Daniel Jones’s limitations as a QB it was this one. Good with the legs, not so great a passer.

  3. Trade Dak, Zeke and Lawrence (with their ridiculous contracts) for what you can get, fire McCarthy / Moore, give Sean Payton a blank check, let Rush play for a year when they draft a QB and developer him. And stay out of Payton’s way

    That’s how you fix the Cowboys

  4. If Rush beat Rams or Philly I personally don’t care if Dak comes back. That’s my quarterback lol

  5. Dak should take 2 more weeks off for his own health. No need to rush back. Cooper will do fine. Dak is in no danger of losing his job

  6. Watched the first quarter and decided the Giants aren’t ready for this game. Their QB has someone in his face constantly and has no time to throw. Game over for me. Run game wasnt working either.

  7. That shouldve been a blow-out. Phantom calls, obviously, inexcuseable calls.. the barr call at the beginning was down right bad

  8. It is worth pointing out the the Cowboys cut Cooper Rush prior to the season. He re-signed, of course, but it says volumes about how unseriously NFL teams take the backup quarterback position and the development of unheralded QBs. Is it any wonder there is a quarterback shortage, when any player who isn’t either a franchise quarterback or one of a handful of backups get cut, bounced on and off various practice squads and rosters, and eventually give way to a younger, cheaper bouncee. The league should create designated roster spots for three quarterbacks, so that teams can develop these players and not have to worry about forgoing the extra tight end or DB, or whatever player that 53rd roster pot goes to. There are more Cooper Rushs out there. The league needs to encourage, not hinder their development.

  9. crookedcreek says:
    September 26, 2022 at 11:44 pm
    Trade Dak, Zeke and Lawrence (with their ridiculous contracts) for what you can get, fire McCarthy / Moore, give Sean Payton a blank check, let Rush play for a year when they draft a QB and developer him. And stay out of Payton’s way

    That’s how you fix the Cowboys

    These comment always crack me up. Sean Payton and Mike McCarthy are the same guy. Identical records, identical playoff records, only 1 Super Bowl with an HOF QB…same guy. I’m not saying McCarthy is great, but if you think Payton is better, you’ve never looked at his record.

  10. Somehow the Cowboys simply own the G men. Demarcus only plays in division games Rush is good enough to keep playing,they will let him loose.

  11. Pregame they said Rush gets rid of the ball in avg 2.3 seconds. 2nd best in league this year. Dak, 2.7 seconds, in the bottom 2/3 area. Hence takes more bad sacks etc. Dak doesn’t get thru his reads and make decisions quick enough.

  12. mongonation says:
    September 26, 2022 at 11:42 pm
    Neither of these teams are any good but am I the only one who honestly thinks the Cowboys offense runs more smoothly with Rush than Prescott?

    Way better pocket presence and looks more comfortable reading defenses.

    His receivers let him down too. Cowboys had multiple opportunities to score even more TDs in this game if CD doesn’t drop the biggest layup of a 50+ yard pass——–‐–‐————————————-The offense runs more smoothly against bad defenses (the giants and Bengals) than it runs against good defense (Bucs). Rush looks like a solid backup that is all.

  13. I’m a Cowboys fan and I was done with Dak in 2019 when he couldn’t lead his team to one more win and let the Eagles take the division with a 9-7 record. One of the weakest divisions in history and a 160 million dollar QB couldn’t put the team on his back and get one more. He just doesn’t have that extra little thing a champion needs.

    Coop is undefeated. Keep him in.

  14. Cowboys showing some grit after most people wrote them off. Some tough games after the Commanders, but they are playing better with a run first mentality.

  15. austinspencer says:
    September 26, 2022 at 11:42 pm

    CeeDee Lamb is WR2. Too inconsistent. Too many drops
    ____________________

    CeeDee is a playmaker and top receiver talent. Dude is only 3 games into being the #1 guy. Let it play out. Brown is just a guy and CeeDee is a game breaker. Those of you who say Brown is better are the same people who said Huntley is better than Lamar. How do you look now?

  16. 2 terrible, no good, rotten teams. How about scoring in the red zone Boys?? Great win for Cooper Rush! keep playing him until Dak is really ready to return but alas I know Jerrruh will do the wrong thing and Dak will be back next week.

  17. 6.5×55 says:
    September 26, 2022 at 11:51 pm
    Why hurry Dak back for a game against Washington?

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    I hate to say it but you are probably right. Not sure it matters who you have at QB, the Cowboys will probably win that one.

  18. Giants are sort of like a fighter who is punching above his weight class. Gettleman left this team bereft of talent, and no new coach and GM was going to fix it in one season. But they hung in there in a game where Jones got the crap beat out of him. No, they aren’t a playoff team – but for the first time in a while, they aren’t quitting on their coach. Looking forward to see where this team can go over the next couple of seasons.

  19. The Giants might have the weakest offensive line I’ve ever seen. And their WR’s are right there, too. Must be frustrating for a new coach to come into this kitchen and see all the cupboards are bare. At least they have a QB. That’s half the deal. A couple good drafts and they should be fine.

  20. It’s amazing what happens when put a premium on the run game. Look at Dak’s rookie year, it’s not rocket science.

  21. Giants were beaten in all phases of the game. The pass rush was especially non-existent and matched only by the O-line’s disappearance. But they are young and seem to have talent. Patience will be needed. A shame about Shepard. Probably career ending and he’s been a gem. Gates and Lemieux are missed.

  22. crookedcreek says:
    September 26, 2022 at 11:44 pm
    Trade Dak, Zeke and Lawrence (with their ridiculous contracts) for what you can get, fire McCarthy / Moore, give Sean Payton a blank check, let Rush play for a year when they draft a QB and developer him. And stay out of Payton’s way

    That’s how you fix the Cowboys
    ————————————————————-
    That’s how you fix the Cowboys? Now tell everyone about the huge amount of guaranteed money they’d be paying Dak over the next three seasons and he wouldn’t even be on the team. I’ll just top that with Lawrence’s guaranteed money across the next two years. They could trade Zek and then only have $11.8 million in dead cap next year and $6 million the year after. I’m sure Pollard would want a pay raise if he’s going to shoulder even more RB duties. Yep! Blank check!

  23. As soon as I saw how Cooper Rush basically had a Concrete Wall to stand or run behind and Jones didn’t (Like usual) I knew the game was decided. It is won and lost up front, no matter what anyone believes.

  24. The Cowboys are winning with Rush. It will be comical to watch Jerry’s reactions when they start losing again when Dak returns

  25. All the NFL teams are in a rush to find the next hot shot QB. Need to spend more time and effort in Backup Players because you are going to need them. Also , is it just me or do the players seem to be dropping like flies all around the League. strength and conditioning coaches ain’t getting it done.

  26. Lamar to DAL next year would be smart by both sides, DAL would be instant annual contenders. As other posters have said, likely stuck with contracts like Zeke and Lawrence for a couple more years and although lots of $ owed to DAK as well, there’s always QB needy teams. Heck, perhaps a trade with BAL could happen, Daks remaining contract will be a lot less than what Lamar will command

  27. Dakota is fragile. Cooper will be back after Dakota gets injured again to cover his consecutive upcoming losses. Coach Jerruh will tell the fat one so.

  28. The Dallas passing offense was shut out 6 straight quarters going back to the 2nd quarter of the Bengals game. Cooper’s 2 td this season came in the 1st quarter vs the Bengals and 4th vs the Giants. How is he really leading them?

  29. Good to have a chance at redemption during the same game and he definitely made up for it. Use as a learning experience to get better and be the #1 you are. Cowboys go 2-0 on the night, 1-0 against the refs and 1-0 against the gi-ants anybody saying differently didn’t watch the game. That team from NY got away with egregious holding and pass interferences that affected the score of the game and almost the outcome. Yes I am a Cowboys fan but am honest enough to say am I going to believe you refs or my lying eyes. It needs to be addressed refs should be disciplined for missing blatant calls, and calls into question the integrity of the game. Are the refs being manipulated by outside sources or are they in fear of harm/danger when leaving these games? I don’t know but I know I saw some legitimate calls rightfully so against both teams but some game changers not called and those were all in favor of the NY team. Facts!

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