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Cowboys’ Cooper Rush Makes NFL History With Week 4 Victory

The Dallas Cowboys were written off by a lot of people following their Week 1 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Not only had they lost the game but starting quarterback Dak Prescott was going to be sidelined for multiple weeks because of an injured thumb.

Replacing Prescott in the lineup was Cooper Rush. Despite winning his spot start for Prescott last season, no one thought that he would not only keep the Cowboys afloat as the starter but help them surge up the standings.

Rush has been better than even the most optimistic of Cowboys fans could have predicted he would be. The team has gone 3-0 with him under center this season, defeating the Cincinnati Bengals, New York Giants and Washington Commanders.

With the victory over the Commanders, Rush made some history in the process. He became the first quarterback in league history to win each of his first four starts while having a passer rating of 90 or higher in each of them.

The Central Michigan product also became the sixth undrafted quarterback in the Super Bowl era to win their first four career starts. The others on the list are Kurt Warner, Kyle Allen, Dieter Brock, John Stofa and Mike Tomczak.

Dallas has had a penchant for unearthing quality quarterbacks that have slipped through the cracks and gone undrafted. The same occurred to Tony Romo, who went 3-1 in his first four starts with the Cowboys before unseating Drew Bledsoe as the starter. This was the second time Bledsoe was replaced by an unheralded quarterback that found plenty of success as his successor, Tom Brady took his job with the New England Patriots.

Are we going to see something similar between Rush and Prescott? It would be unprecedented as Prescott signed a four-year deal worth up to $164 million in March of 2021 that included a then NFL record $95 million guaranteed. But, owner Jerry Jones has not been shy about saying he hopes a quarterback controversy arises as that means his Cowboys are playing winning football.

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