With 5:32 to go in the fourth quarter of the Dallas Cowboys’ season opener, Dak Prescott jogged off the field for X-rays while Cooper Rush took his first snap of 2022. This timestamp marked the when Dallas had to return to drawing. plank. After the game, Jerry Jones confirmed every Cowboy fan’s worst fears. Prescott would be lost to a thumb injury for the foreseeable future. Besides a putrid offensive performance, that’s not the news everyone wanted to hear.

Kellen Moore has been criticized all week for his predictable offense and the need to simplify his calling game, especially if Rush was about to take over. He did his homework, which showed in the first half of Sunday’s game. On the first play of the game, Moore made up a run play to Ezekiel Elliott for four yards. It comes after fans and the media wanted Dallas to run the ball more. Tony Pollard and Elliott combined for 24 carries for 96 yards.

Fans also want to see more Pollard on offense that doesn’t involve a double for a loss. The fourth-year running back touched the ball 13 times for 98 yards of attack, including a 46-yard touchdown and catch.

In Prescott’s absence, the game plan had to be easy for Rush to use. Moore called the right plays at the right time and trusted his quarterback to make a critical pass on fourth down.

In Moore’s revamped offense, the wide receiver Rush seemed most comfortable with was Noah Brown. Rush and Brown had worked together since 2017, when they were both rookies. The quarterback spoke with NFL Network’s Jane Slater after the game on their chemistry,

“Yeah, we’ve been here six years together now, so you know we’ve played a lot together on this team,” Rush said. “He had a hell of a side…he opened up today, and he got a hold. That’s what he does.”

There are a lot of things the Cowboys need to clean up before their first division game of the season against the Giants. So far, Moore and the offense have done their part by correcting mistakes from a week ago. If they can do the same before heading to the Meadowlands, fans might have another win to celebrate next week.