Cowboys Week 2 studs and duds: Cooper Rush remains undefeated

Cowboys, Cooper Rush. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
Cowboys, Cooper Rush. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images) /
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Cowboys, Cooper Rush. (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images) /

Stud: Cooper Rush, QB

During the preseason, Will Grier was making a push for the No. 2 job behind Dak Prescott, but in the end, Dallas stuck with the guy they trusted. They knew that if Prescott went down, Rush would be able to keep the offense moving, and that’s what happened on Sunday.

In just his second career start, Rush came out firing, leading Dallas to an opening-drive touchdown. They kept attacking from there, heading to the half with a 17-3 lead.

The play-calling was less aggressive in the second half but once Cincinnati tied it, Rush went back to work and set up a game-winning field goal. He finished 19-of-31 for 235 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions.

He’s not flashy but he doesn’t get rattled — ever —  and just does his job. With that approach leading the way, Rush is now 2-0 as the starter for Dallas in his career.

Dud: Dalton Schultz, TE

With so many wideouts missing, Dallas needed Dalton Schultz to step up. He did that in the first game of the season but not as much against the Bengals.

Schultz had just two receptions for 18 yards and lost a fumble on his final catch. The defense forced a punt after that, so no points were scored by Cincy, but the fumble came at the Bengals’ 26, so it likely took points away from their own offense.