ARLINGTON, Texas — — Cooper Rush had no alternative however to smile as he embraced offensive coordinator Kellen Moore after the profitable kick for the Dallas Cowboys.
Dak Prescott’s backup now has a 2-0 profession document filling in, with profitable drives on his remaining possession each instances. That was sufficient to let the emotion move for the usually stoic Rush, at the very least for a couple of moments.
“It’s truly thrilling to see him be excited after he received a sport,” coach Mike McCarthy after a 20-17 victory over Cincinnati on Sunday. “To get a cost out of it as a result of he’s so, so constant.”
Rush led the drive to Brett Maher‘s 50-yard subject objective as time expired, and the Cowboys held on after dropping a two-touchdown halftime lead.
Joe Burrow received the defending AFC champion Bengals even at 17-17 by main a 19-play, 83-yard drive within the fourth quarter, throwing a 5-yard touchdown pass to Tee Higgins and discovering Tyler Boyd for the 2-point conversion.
Cincinnati (0-2) erased the identical 17-3 deficit within the opener in opposition to Pittsburgh, solely to overlook two probabilities to win on a PAT kick within the remaining seconds of regulation and a brief subject objective in time beyond regulation of the 23-20 loss.
Now the Bengals are the primary defending AFC champion to start out 0-2 since 1999, when Denver was coming off consecutive Tremendous Bowl victories and began 0-4 after John Elway retired.
“You simply can’t let it have an effect on you,” mentioned defensive finish Sam Hubbard, who had the one sack of Rush. “Individuals look to you and your demeanor, the way you deal with your self and all you are able to do is return to work. And I’m excited to get again to work.”
After the Cowboys stopped the Bengals with a few minute remaining, Rush received the defending NFC East champs in vary for Maher. This after his solely earlier NFL begin final 12 months, when the sixth-year professional threw the go-ahead landing go within the remaining minute of a 20-16 win at Minnesota.
Rush received the profitable drive going with a 12-yard completion to Noah Brown, who had his first NFL touchdown on the opening drive and completed with a career-high 91 yards receiving. A ten-yarder to CeeDee Lamb put the Cowboys (1-1) in vary for Maher, who kicked a 54-yarder within the first half.
“I felt like I put an excellent stroke on it to see it go in,” mentioned Maher, a former Dallas kicker who rejoined the membership late in coaching camp when each kickers competing for the job flopped. “It was simply mayhem, to be sincere with you.”
Prescott, who wore a headset with a long-sleeve shirt and incessantly implored the gang to make noise, simply missed the one begin final season with a strained calf. He will likely be out a number of video games this time with a fracture close to his proper thumb.
Rush directed 75-yard landing drives on the primary two possessions for Dallas after the Cowboys went and not using a TD within the opener in opposition to Tampa Bay. The Cowboys didn’t discover the tip zone once more, however didn’t have to on the ultimate possession after Trevon Diggs stopped Boyd 2 yards quick on third-and-3, forcing a punt with 1:09 remaining.
“It received a little bit uneven, kinda received out of rhythm there within the third,” mentioned Rush, who was 19 of 31 for 235 yards with a landing. “You simply hold taking part in. Whenever you’re on the market, that is all you are actually excited about is subsequent play, subsequent play, subsequent play.”
The Cowboys sacked Burrow six instances within the first three quarters after he went down seven instances within the opener in opposition to the Steelers. However the revamped offensive line protected him nicely sufficient to assist the Bengals get even.
On the tying drive that consumed practically 9 minutes, Burrow transformed a fourth-and-6 with a completion to Ja’Marr Chase after three third-down conversions.
“We’d like to start out quicker, however the defenses that we’re getting earlier are all the time totally different than those which are on the movie,” mentioned Burrow, who was 24 of 36 for 199 yards with a landing. “That most likely performs an element in it, however we’ve simply received to do a greater job of adjusting quicker.”
TRY, TRY AGAIN
Tony Pollard had a 46-yard catch on a shovel go, taking the ball from behind the road of scrimmage to only inches shy of the objective line on a play that was initially dominated at landing. He received the quick carry for a 14-3 Dallas lead within the first quarter.
NFL Defensive Rookie of the 12 months Micah Parsons had two sacks together with Dorance Armstrong for Dallas. Parsons has at the very least two sacks in 5 of the primary 18 video games of his profession, becoming a member of Mark Anderson, Joey Bosa, Elvis Dumervil, Clay Matthews and Aldon Smith amongst gamers with 5 such video games amongst their first 20.
Bengals TE Drew Pattern was dominated out with a proper knee damage after taking place awkwardly on a deal with on a catch for a 4-yard loss within the second quarter. … WR Tee Higgins performed after being listed as questionable with a concussion.
Bengals: On the New York Jets subsequent Sunday. Cincinnati has misplaced 10 of its previous 11 highway video games in opposition to the Jets.
Cowboys: The defending NFC East champs play their first division opponent, visiting the New York Giants (2-0) on Sept. 26.