In the end they won week The Cincinnati Bengals, Rush and Dallas Cowboys handed the New York Giants their first loss of the season, 23-16, on Monday night.
Rush – starting in place of Dak Prescott, who suffered a hand injury in Week 1 for the Cowboys – finished an error-free night with 215 passing yards and a touchdown to Sadie Lamb.
Rush joined Roger Staubach and Jason Garrett as the only Cowboys quarterbacks in franchise history to win their first three career starts.
The night set up for Dallas with a one-handed grab by Lamb in the fourth quarter to take a late lead.
The 23-year-old made no effort to give Dallas the advantage as he stretched out his left hand to get past Rush.
The Dallas defense pinned down Giants quarterback Daniel Jones all evening, intercepting Jones once and sacking him five times.
Star defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence tied his career high with three sacks of his own. Playing alongside Micah Parsons — last season’s Defensive Player of the Year — Lawrence said the pair’s friendly rivalry has brought one of the NFL’s most dangerous defensive lines.
“I feel great,” Lawrence said. Jane Slater told NFL Network. After the game. “Me and Micah had a little bit of a fight, I feel like I’m a little behind. The knee is up, my body felt good today, so I attacked it.”
“I have to make sure I put pressure on him,” he added. [I] We want all the guys to be the best they can be and myself, so we keep competing.
Monday’s loss was their first of the season for the Giants. Despite the loss, there were still some positives from the evening.
Jones has looked strong despite his interceptions, playing in the final year of his rookie contract.
But the resurgence of Saquon Barkley, after two injury-riddled years, will be a real bright spot for New York fans.
On Monday, he was the primary driving force for the Giants’ offense, finishing the night with 81 rushing yards on 14 attempts — including a 36-yard touchdown — and 45 yards receiving.
But the continued struggles of the offensive line meant Jones was under pressure all night, and that’s something Giants head coach Brian Daboll said they need to improve on going forward.
“You never want your quarterback to get hit,” Daboll said he said.. But I say he takes care of himself.
“Again, the more you can keep them behind the quarterback, the better for the quarterback. And he’s athletic enough to make some loose plays, and there could be some highlights in there when he’s racing. But yes, there is no question that we need to do a better job of protecting it.
The Cowboys improved to the same record as the Giants slipped to 2-1 on the season.