The Cowboys won twice. The first win got here before kickoff when Dallas ruled quarterback Dak Prescott inactive and successfully averted a setback to their franchise quarterback’s calf pressure.
Then got here the extra spectacular, less-anticipated win: backup Cooper Rush engineering a 20-16 escape from U.S. Bank Stadium in his first profession begin in 5 professional seasons.
Rush was inconsistent however finally impressive, finishing 24 of 40 passes for 324 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception. His first professional landing throw got here on a spectacular 73-yard dart to huge receiver Cedrick Wilson. Rush’s second, a game-winner, got here within the sport’s remaining minute when he was electric connecting along with his shared-name goal, Amari Cooper, for a back-shoulder fade within the nook of the top zone.
A sizeable Cowboys fan base seated behind that eastern finish zone erupted in cheers. Rush’s household celebrated within the stands, their kin lifting the Cowboys to 6-1 and a sixth-straight win.
Defensively, Cowboys rookie Micah Parsons set the tone. Parsons entered the game frustrated with his last performance and exited with a team-high 11 tackles together with a large 4 for loss and a sack.
Offensively, Wilson was very good—catching the 73-yard landing and finishing a 35-yard move on consecutive drives.
However, one other Cooper-to-Cooper play on the Cowboys’ remaining offensive drive may be summed up the sport finest.
With 2:46 to play, Rush threw an admirable however not-quite-precise move. The ball slipped exterior the receiver’s outstretched arms, bouncing off Vikings cornerback Harrison Hand. However Hand didn’t save it, and Cooper wasn’t done. He bobbled the ball, secured it, and raced for 33 yards and a march towards the game-winning landing.
“It means everything,” Rush said in a sideline postgame interview.
The Cowboys typically bobbled their chances, be it with an early landing allowed from Cousins to Thielen or a penalty-crazy defensive stretch within the fourth quarter. However finally, Dallas secured an enormous win on Halloween and sent a message: This talent-laden crew ought to scare the NFL.