1. The return of Michael Gallup made a huge difference
For the first couple of games this season, the Dallas passing attack had its share of ups and downs. In Week 4 against Washington, that wasn’t the case.
While the overall numbers weren’t eye-popping, the efficiency was vastly improved. Rush had his highest quarterback rating of the season and also had his first multi-touchdown game of the year as well. On top of that, they got a couple of pass interferences that helped moved the ball downfield which aren’t seen in the box score.
The reason for this improvement might be a reflection of the struggles Washington has had, but it also had a lot to do with the return of Michael Gallup,
In his first action since tearing his ACL at the end of last season, Gallup had two receptions for 24 yards and a touchdown. He also drew two flags for pass interference.
Again, the numbers won’t blow anyone away but the attention he commands is evident. CeeDee Lamb had more freedom and answered with six receptions for 97 yards and a touchdown while Noah Brown added 61 yards on three catches.
Gallup’s presence helped and that was just the first step in his return. Now that he’s able to suit up, he’s going to focus on returning to his normal explosive self, as he gets more and more comfortable with his surgically repaired knee.