Dak Prescott could have started this game if he had needed to. The Cowboys (wisely) decided that he didn't, and put the ball in Cooper Rush's hands knowing that they could absorb a loss. Still won, on the road, in a crazy environment. That's special.
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And so Dallas' starting QB tonight will be Cooper Rush and Will Grier will be the No. 2, as @mortreport reported.
The Cooper-Rush-to-Amari-Cooper TD is the 1st in NFL history where the passer's first name & receiver's last name are an exact match Cowboys also have the only pass TD where passer's LAST and receiver's FIRST were an exact match: Andy Dalton-Dalton Schultz in Wk 11, 2020 at MIN
2020: Red headed backup Andy Dalton throws last minute TD to his namesake, Dalton Schultz, to beat the Vikings in Minnesota 2021: Red headed backup Cooper Rush throws last minute TD to his namesake, Amari Cooper, to beat the Vikings in Minnesota
Cowboys: Our backup QB is in so let's run a double pass with Cedrick Wilson Vikings: We have a $35 million QB, a superstar RB, and two star WRs, so let's force feed C.J. Ham and make sure we throw short of the sticks every third down
Cowboys' WR CeeDee Lamb has been fined five times in the first six games this season, per sources. The next time Lamb is penalized for having his jersey untucked, it will cost him a $46,350 fine. nam04.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%…
With that two yard run in the second quarter, Ezekiel Elliott became the first Cowboy - fifth in NFL history - to reach 9,000 scrimmage yards in his first 78 games.
Greg Zuerlein ties it at 13-13 with a FG with 4 seconds left in the third quarter. They're in a game with their backup QB starting his first game in one of the loudest stadiums in the NFL.
Tyron Smith has a sprained ankle, Jabril Cox has a sprained knee. Cowboys have no update on Trevon Diggs as of just yet.
Dak is now playing catch with Tony Pollard, inceasing the distance on his throws. He started out throwing it 15-16 yards, but he's backed up enough now that it's a distance of about 40-45. Doesn't seem to be having any issues.
Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy: "This is definitely a gut-check win for us. I just think the adversity … I just can't say enough about our team these last two games. Excellent win for us tonight. I'm proud of this football team."
Cowboys rookie LB Micah Parsons: "I believe I can play wide receiver at this level. I believe I can play corner at this level. I really don't care where I'm at, I think I can play at any level." (Video: @NFLGameDay) pic.twitter.com/XhWmNxOipS
Tyron Smith does not look like a guy who's coming back in from our vantage point. If only the Cowboys had a quality, available tackle hanging out on the sideline.
What a tackle by Anthony Brown to keep the clock running. The Cowboys just improved to 6-1 with a backup QB who had never started a regular season game.
Cowboys DE Randy Gregory with his 5th sack in the last 4 games
Kellen Moore, you're just my absolute favorite. Split backfield with ~700 combined pounds of offensive line guy, then throw it to CeeDee.
Cowboys LT Tyron Smith talking with the team's medical staff on the sideline. Ty Nsekhe sitting in his spot on the bench as Smith walks around without his helmet
Cowboys LB Jabril Cox (right knee) is leaving U.S. Bank Stadium on crutches. He is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Monday in Dallas, sources said.
tired: will the Cowboys be able to afford Michael Gallup when this season is over? wired: will the Cowboys be able to afford Cedrick Wilson when this season is over?
I wonder if La'el Collins is a better option at LT right now?
Cowboys have Connor McGovern and La'el Collins both in the backfield. Just 7 offensive linemen
Was that an accident or did Tyler Biadasz have the wherewithal to give the ball to Schultz. Incredibly impressive if so lol
Did not see an infraction there on Cowboys DE Tarell Basham. At all. Free 15 yards and first down.
Jayron Kearse is the man lol. They ruled that play dead from the jump, but I mean y'never know what'll happen if you just ignore them.
Yikes, Chauncey Golston. Shouldn't happen, period. Definitely can't happen when you're playing without QB1.
other than Dak, the Cowboys' inactives are Israel Mukuamu, Azur Kamara, Matt Farniok & Simi Fehoko. All healthy scratches. Kelvin Joseph will make his NFL debut tonight. twitter.com/AlexMar4193633…
Will Grier altered his routine & came out to work later than usual tonight. What if Cowboys keep 3 QBs active for tonight's game, using Prescott for only a series or two late if outcome hangs in the balance? See what the mind does when you have too much time to think.
This seems like one of those games where Cowboys ST coordinator John Fassel looks for a moment to make a call with game-changing potential. That Bradlee Anae offside on punt not the type of moment he'd have in mind. Three-and-out drive extended into field goal. Vikings up 10-3.
Cowboys LT Tyron Smith not on field this drive. Ty Nskehe enters as new left tackle. La'el Collins focused at LG and RT in practice week, and coaches would rather not flip RT Terence Steele to left side. twitter.com/GehlkenNFL/sta…
Confirmed: Justin Jefferson is going for 10-200-2 today 👀 pic.twitter.com/FKX8t8mUfm
Cooper Rush averaged 8.1 yards per attempt on the road in his first start & Kirk Cousins averaged 5.3. How Sway
Either Mike Zimmer dictated the ultra-conservative game plan or he elevated an unproven offensive coordinator to do it. Either way, an incredible face plant for the Vikings.
In defiance of all that is holy and in deference to the holiday, Greg Joseph makes the kick the Vikings do not deserve to attempt
Adam Thielen: We gotta quit just hanging around in games.
#Vikings DE Danielle Hunter is questionable to return with a shoulder injury.
They decide on 3rd and 23 to run the ball with Alexander Mattison. It does not convert
If you're wondering, Xavier Woods *did* force more takeaways during his four years in Dallas than he has tonight. But it's not by a wide margin.
Cowboys DE Randy Gregory flagged again for penalty after whistle. Two unnecessary roughness calls vs. Gregory in three plays. Dalvin Cook looked to be still inbounds on hit.
#Vikings inactives QB Kellen Mond WR Dede Westbrook LB Chazz Surratt G Wyatt Davis DT Michael Pierce DE Patrick Jones II
Oh my word, Bashaud Breeland. He's single-handily given up 51 yards on the last two plays.
Former Cowboys Xavier Woods and Everson Griffen making plays against their old teammates tonight
Willekes with the pressure. Incomplete pass, broken up by Eric Kendricks. Willekes has been in on two plays and they have been a pick and an incompletion lol
Harrison Smith tips a Rush pass, Xavier Woods with the pick. Remember him?
Kene Nwangwu winning the return job with his willingness to take touchbacks
Xavier Woods forces the fumble, looks like Anthony Barr recovers
Unsurprising but Cameron Dantzler was announced as the starter with Patrick Peterson out. Nickel announcement, so Mackensie Alexander with Bashaud Breeland
The Vikings made splashes in free agency last offseason.
The team signed big names, such as CB Patrick Peterson and DT Dalvin Tomlinson. Minnesota’s notable free agents have been up and down in 2021.
So, before the Vikings play the Cowboys in Week 8, here is an update on some of the biggest free agents in the Vikings’ 2021 class