The first loss for Cooper Rush came last night against the Eagles, 26-17, and yet the Cowboys found a way to keep afloat in the NFC despite Philadelphia's victory.
The Cowboys sit 4-2, and Dak Prescott looks like he will be ready to go next week against the Detroit Lions, marking his first return to action since he fractured his right thumb in week one. Let's not kid ourselves; the Cowboys are sitting pretty with 11 games remaining on the schedule.
Did I think they would be 4-2 when Prescott was ready to return to action? No, I didn't, but guess what? Rush found a way not to make any mistakes like he did early in last night's game and put the team into a hole.
When you look at the NFC playoff picture, Dallas currently holds the six seed with wins over the Rams (7 seed) and the Giants (5 seed). Cooper Rush did exactly what he needed to do, have the Cowboys sitting in the playoff picture when Prescott returned.
This post isn't to pick one or the other; it's to give kudos to Rush for holding Dallas above water and not talk about some quarterback controversy everyone thought was brewing.
The NFC is weird right now. On the outside looking in are the Packers, who hold a 3-3 record with the loss to the Jets yesterday. The Giants are 5-1, but the one loss came from a Rush-led Cowboys team which will loom large.
Only one game separates the Cowboys from jumping to the five seed. Let's give this team a lot of credit for not throwing in the towel when the media and everyone else buried them.
They rode the running game and the defense. The team looked better in the second half of the game yesterday. Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard combined for another 125 yards, and it was effective in the second half when the game got close.
The Cowboys have a favorable schedule, with Prescott on track to return this week. They travel back home for the next two games to play host to the Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears, then have a bye week.
No reason this team shouldn't be sitting 6-2 as they roll into the bye in week nine.
The two games on the other side of the bye could impact their playoff seeding significantly. They travel to Lambo to take on a declining Packers team and then to U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to take on a Vikings team currently leading the NFC North.
The Cowboys are comfortable after six weeks of the season; this team deserves a lot of credit for staying together after being written off after ONE week of the season.
This team just seems different, they have leaders all over the place, and they don't care about the outside noise. They could have been run out of the stadium last night, yet they clawed back into it and gave it a shot.
They have lost two games after six weeks; let's appreciate the players, coaching staff, and others for holding it together and being right in the thick of the playoff picture when getting QB1 back.
Thank you, Cooper Rush, for doing what was asked. Now, let's get back to work.