The Dallas Cowboys continued their winning ways in Week 5, defeating the defending Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams, 22-10. Dallas continues to win games on the back of what has become a dominant defense as Dan Quinn has his unit playing excellent football.
The Cowboys have yet to surrender 20 points in a game this season, as they are one of only two teams, along with the San Francisco 49ers, that can still say that. While the defense is rolling, a lot of the focus thus far this season has been on the quarterback position.
Dak Prescott played poorly in Week 1 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and broke his thumb in the process. Cooper Rush stepped into the starting lineup in his place and has gone 4-0, doing just enough to keep the offense afloat and win games on the back of their defense.
Owner Jerry Jones has said that he wants a quarterback controversy because it means the team is winning games and he may have one. Some fans would like to see Rush remain under center even when Prescott is ready to return. However, after signing a contract extension during the 2021 offseason, the starting job is Prescott’s whenever he is healthy enough to return.
The question is, when will that be? Dallas is set to travel and take on their NFC East rivals, the undefeated Philadelphia Eagles. That will be a huge test, but will it be Rush or Prescott under center?
Prescott declared himself day-to-day following the victory on Sunday over the Rams. His return is predicated mostly on his ability to grip and hold onto the football and he showed reporters in the locker room the improvements he has made by picking up his luggage with his injured hand.
Alas, picking up luggage is a lot different than gripping, throwing and taking hits on his hand in games. Prescott has not practiced since injuring his thumb and head coach Mike McCarthy made it clear that he will need to get a full week of practice in before taking the field again.
A doctor’s appointment is set for Tuesday where Prescott will see how much healing has taken place and if he is closer to making a return to the field. Jones said that Prescott is feeling good and has made a lot of improvements, but he still has some hurdles to clear to return to the field.