Stud: Cooper Rush, QB
There’s no quarterback controversy in Dallas, but Cooper Rush might have convinced some team that he deserves a shot. He continues to do everything asked of him, and is now 3-0 as the starter for Dallas.
Not only did he lead them on a couple of scoring drives in the fourth quarter to secure the win, but he also could have had a much more impressive stat line if it weren’t for a couple of drops.
Even with the drops, he got the job done and made almost no mistakes on Monday night. He’s kept his team in the race, and they have to feel confident they can contend with anyone with him under center.
Stud: CeeDee Lamb, WR — After the first half
The Cowboys foolishly traded Amari Cooper to the Cleveland Browns, but they did so thinking CeeDee Lamb was ready to be the No. 1 receiver. After recording 1,102 yards on 79 receptions in his second season, he agreed that he was ready for more.
Against the Giants, he had a shot to really go off and prove he was the man for the job, but got off to a slow start. In the first half, Lamb dropped a wide-open pass that was dropped into his lap beautifully by Cooper Rush. At their own 48, Rush threw a bomb that Lamb simply dropped. He walked back tapping his chest to take the blame (who else were we pointing fingers at?), but then dropped the ball again a couple of plays later.
Lamb more than made up for the issues in the first half, though, as he ended up with the catch of the week, hauling in a one-handed touchdown to put the Cowboys up for good.
He ended up with 87 yards and a touchdown on eight receptions, which erased a rough start to the game. Having said that, he needs to continue to make plays the way he did late in this game.
Against better offenses, leaving a deep pass — especially one that might have gone for six — on the field is a recipe for disaster.