State of the NFC East: Eagles are the standard of NFL’s ‘glamour division’

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2-1. . Dallas Cowboys. 2. team. 123.

Dallas’ defense and Cooper Rush have saved the Cowboys’ season… for now.

The sky was falling for Dallas Cowboys fans when their quarterback, Dak Prescott, exited Week 1’s loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with a thumb injury. There was a chance that the season would be over before it began, but they were anchored by backup quarterback Cooper Rush and their defense. Dallas has now won two straight games in Dak’s absence.

Rush has stepped up. There’s no denying that. He led the Cowboys on a 33-yard drive with less than one minute remaining in Dallas’ second game of the season to set up a game-winning field goal over the Cincinnati Bengals. On Monday Night Football, he was again impressive when it most mattered.

Rush led the Cowboys on an 11-play, 89-yard drive in the fourth quarter and found CeeDee Lamb for a one-yard touchdown that put his team up on the scoreboard for good.

The Cowboys’ defense has also carried the team as opposing offenses have had a hard time finding the end zone. They’ve only allowed two touchdowns during the last two games.

Opposing quarterbacks have had no interest in being victims to the Cowboys’ pass rush. They lead the NFL in sacks (13) (oh, and by the way, the Eagles rank second in the NFL with 12 sacks of their own).

Micah Parsons is a stud and teamed with veteran defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence, they lead the way having combined for seven sacks of the 13-sack total. Dallas takes on the Washington Commanders this Sunday in Week 4. Will Cooper Rush continue his successful streak and take his team to three straight wins?