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, Brett Maher. (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images) /

Stud: Brett Maher, K

When Jonathan Garibay made it obvious he wasn’t the answer, Dallas brought back a familiar face as they signed Brett Maher to be their kicker. Maher was with Dallas in 2018 and 2019 — right after they released Dan Bailey.

In those two seasons, he struggled as he missed 17 field goals and one extra point. Dallas moved on and brought in Greg Zuerlein. He was out of the league in 2020 but Maher joined the Saints last season when Will Lutz was hurt and made 16-of-18 kicks.

That gave the Cowboys hope that he turned a corner, and so far, it seems he has. He’s made all three kicks so far this season and all have been from 50-yards or farther. The latest was exactly from 50, and it was the one that sent Cincinnati home with a loss.

Maher seems to have found redemption with Dallas and if he keeps this up, he could be around much longer than anticipated when he re-joined the franchise.

Stud: Dorance Armstrong, DE

After losing Randy Gregory to the Broncos, Dallas re-signed Dorance Armstrong to a two-year deal. Armstrong was coming off his best season as a pro, recording 37 tackles and five sacks in 2021.

This year, he was quiet against Tampa Bay but took advantage of the struggling Bengals’ line in Week 2. Armstrong finished with four tackles and two sacks, helping the Cowboys take Burrow down six times behind the line of scrimmage.