After looking like a bottom-tier NFL team in Week One, the Dallas Cowboys looked brand-new in the first half against the Cincinnati Bengals. On their first drive, QB Cooper Rush led the offense down the field in 12-plays, 75-yards, and capped it off with a 9-yard passing touchdown to WR Noah Brown.
Speaking of Brown, fans saw him not only snag the first touchdown of his young NFL career but also witnessed him shred the Bengals secondary to the tune of four catches, 79-yards. Brown's contributions in the receiving game are encouraging, as playmakers have been in need for this offense, and he is stepping up to the call.
Besides the first-scoring drive, Rush and the offense scored on two more drives. They also only punted twice.
The first Dallas Cowboys touchdown of the season in the year 2022:
Cooper Rush to Noah Brown.
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— RJ Ochoa (@rjochoa) September 18, 2022
To add one more remark about their offense, OC Kellen Moore has called a way better game than last week and has put Rush in a position to spread the ball to his playmakers.
Plus, running backs Tony Pollard and Ezekiel Elliott have looked solid–I have no clue who this team is that showed up today.
Jumping to the defense, everyone knew they would be the strength of this year's team and could win them so ball games.
So far in the first half, they have risen to the occasion, played lights out, and kept the high-powered Bengals offense in check. The defensive MVP has been LB Micah Parsons, as he made it a living hell for the Bengals offensive line with his pressures, and he collected his third sack this season.
The defense as a whole collected four sacks and only allowed Burrow to throw just 72-yards. It should be interesting if the Cowboys can continue their dominance in the second half.