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    DAL 20, CIN 17: Cowboys Upset Bengals With Unlikely Heroes

    hit a 50-yarder in the final seconds to give the Cowboys their first win of 2022. After building an early 17-3 lead at halftime, Dallas had to fight off a second-half rally by the Cincinnati Bengals but did just enough to finish 20-17.

    Cooper Rush, starting his second career game thanks to 's thumb , looked sharp early but the was mostly stunted after halftime. However, Rush made the critical plays on the final drive to advance the ball and set up Maher's game-winner.

    Rush finished with 235 passing yards and one touchdown, an early-game connection with . It was the top moment in a great day overall for Brown, who led Dallas with 91 receiving yards on five catches.

    chipped in 75 yards on seven catches, a nice recovery from last week. Both he and had some scary moments with lower leg injuries during the game but both were able to return to action after some medical attention.

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    Early in the game, the Cowboys' was nearly unstoppable. and each had two , with two more coming from and . If not for a couple of roughness calls against and , Cincy's offense would have been completely shut down in the first half.

    But we expect greatness from the likes of Parsons and , who made a critical 3rd-down to stop the Bengals' last possession and give his offense a chance to win. This game was about guys like Rush, Brown, and Maher defying expectations and coming up big.

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    The game-winner was Maher's second make of the day after a 54-yarder just before halftime. He is now 3/3 on the year and all of them have been from 50 yards or more.

    Dallas now joins Washington at 1-1 and prepares for the 2-0 Giants next week on The Eagles will play the late game this Monday.

    Once again, Cooper Rush did the job as the . A guy who nobody ever seems to want, even his own team in 2020, and he's now 2-0 as a starter in Dallas after today and last year's win in Minnesota.

    With Prescott out at least a few more games, hopefully Rush can keep it going with divisional play starting next week.

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    Jess Haynie
    Jess Haynie
    Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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    VAM

    What a fantastic win against a seven point favorite. Couldn’t ask for much more from Rush who looked pretty damn sharp and very poised. If DS doesn’t fumble, may have been an even more “comfortable” win. Being Brown and Rush practice a lot together on the second string team, it showed up, as Noah had some big catches. Defense, with MP, DA, TD, also showed up. AND Maher was huge. Things looking up. especially if they get MG back.

    James Vargas

    Very nice written article Jess. Great analysis. And great victory by the Cowboys. Still need to clean up those penalties which caused us 6 points. Beside the 2 penalties described in the article, there was a dumb “encroachment” penalty vs D Lawrence on a punt, which translated into an automatic first down. On to NY.

    Cowboy Fan Ed

    Finally I watched a Cowboy team that looked coached up and with the right scheme on offense and defense! Got to give credit where credit is due CR played good ( I was holding my breath every time he threw the ball !) BUT if he keeps on playing well I’ll be apologizing to him ( I’m not there yet but hope to be by mid season! The OL I thought played pretty good also and the defense (MP) won the game for us! One more thing how bout ole kicker?! Good win but we have to bring that type of intensity and game planning EVERY WEEK!!

    Lawrence C. Baker

    Didn’t get to watch the game because I was moving. Looked at the halftime score and knew the defense was playing lights out! Still think this team is better off without Kellen Moore’s presence. He’s extremely overrated and in over his head. Clear to see why teams with HC vacancies said “no thanks ” when he was interviewed. Supposedly is the smartest guy in the room, but it’s not as a football coach.

    Lawrence C. Baker

    Still DON’T TRUST Brett Maher!!! Cowboys are playing with fire placing their trust in him. What if that field goal had been from 38 yards away versus 50 yards away. He seems to find a way to screw up the makable kicks and hit the unlikely ones!!!!