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Led by QB Cooper Rush, the Dallas Cowboys rebound from disappointing opener to shock the Cincinnati Bengals; Houston Texans come up short in Denver

After disaster struck with a disappointing loss and devastating injury in the NFL opener last week, the Dallas Cowboys gave everyone in Jerry’s World reason for hope this season with a surprising and exciting victory.

Entering Week 2 as a 10-point underdog, the Houston Texans continued to surprise by going on the road and giving the Russell Wilson-led Denver Broncos all they could handle.

DALLAS Cowboys 20, CINCINNATI Bengals 17

Making the most of his second NFL opportunity to start, Dallas Cowboy quarterback Cooper Rush stepped in for the injured Dak Prescott to lead America’s Team to a thrilling, last-second 20-17 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday afternoon at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.

After letting a 17-3 halftime lead slip away, the Cowboys (1-1) responded in the final seconds as Cooper led the drive that put Dallas in range for Brett Maher’s game-winning 50-yard field goal as time expired. Looking sharp early, Rush completed 19 of 31 passes for 235 yards and a touchdown without an interception, connection with Noah Brown five times for 91 yards and CeeDee Lamb for seven receptions for 75 yards. Tony Pollard caught a 46-yard shovel pass for a score, while Ezekiel Elliott led the Cowboys in rushing with 53 yards on 15 carries.

In his only other NFL start, Cooper threw the go-ahead touchdown pass in the final minute of a 20-16 win at Minnesota last season. In addition to the game-winner, Maher also nailed a 54-yard field goal in the second quarter.

After getting sacked six times in the first three quarters by the Cowboys, Burrows led a furious Bengal comeback in the second half while finishing 24 for 36 for 199 yards and a touchdown.

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DENVER Broncos 16, HOUSTON Texans 9

In a sloppy game for both teams, Denver quarterback Russell Wilson settled down a restless home crowd by pulling out 16-9 victory over the Houston Texans Sunday at Mile High Stadium in Denver.

Despite 13 penalties for 100 yards, the Broncos (1-1) grabbed a 13-9 lead early in the fourth quarter when Russell engineered a drive that culminated with a 22-yard scoring strike to tight end Eric Saubert. Despite the late heroics, Wilson finished 14 of 31 passing for 219 yards with an interception. Brandon McManus added a 50-yard field goal with 3:31 remaining to help secure rookie coach Nathaniel Hackett’s first NFL win.

The Texans (0-1-1) used three Ka’imi Fairbairn field goals to stay in the game until the final gun. Houston quarterback Davis Mills appeared to have the Texans moving the ball in the final two minutes, but a sack by Randy Gregory stalled the potential drive.

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