The Dallas Cowboys won on Sunday. It certainly was a long time coming. While the Cowboys had wandered all throughout the wilderness in search of their third total win of the season, it was a first in one important way. This was the first win that the Dallas Cowboys achieved without their starting quarterback, Dak Prescott, playing at all. That is significant.
The point here isn’t to lower the bar of expectation, but we have seen this organization completely crater without their top signal-caller under center. In many ways this season has felt reminiscent of the 2015 campaign and that year the Cowboys were only able to win one out of 12 games without Tony Romo. Needless to say it was quite the indictment of the coaching staff.
It took that staff eight tries to win a game completely void of Romo and it took this year’s five. Again, not to say that our standards have fallen, but there is no question that the current people patrolling the Cowboys sidelines are more capable of making lemonade out of lemons.
Kirk Cousins is the common denominator for the last three Dallas Cowboys backup quarterbacks
Victory was tasted and devoured on Sunday in large part due to the performance of Andy Dalton. What the Red Rifle did up north should not be discounted as it was his first game back from both having a concussion and having COVID-19. He threw multiple touchdowns, including the game-winner, and was part of our overall winners from the game.
Do you know when the last time that we saw a backup quarterback for this team throw multiple touchdowns in a single game was? To be clear here, there haven’t been a lot of backup performances since Dak Prescott took over at the beginning of the 2016 season, there have been five since his injury earlier this year.
To answer the question, it was Kellen Moore who last came in at relief at quarterback and scored multiple times through the air. That performance came in Week 17 of the 2015 season (the last game before Dak’s arrival) and it was coincidentally against Kirk Cousins’ team.
Cousins was playing for Washington at the time and would leave for the Minnesota Vikings about a year later. He beat the Cowboys at AT&T Stadium last year during his first try while wearing a purple uniform, but he has lost to the team many times before.
In talking about common denominators with the Cowboys and Kirk Cousins, there is another one that stood out to me. Obviously Andy Dalton led the Cowboys to victory as a backup quarterback. Do you know who the last backup quarterback to engineer a win for America’s Team was? Again, we are excluding Dak Prescott from any conversation here.
The answer is Matt Cassel during a down-to-the-wire Monday night game in Washington back in 2015 (a contest that Dan Bailey ended, coincidentally he was on the other end of Sunday’s game as he now also plays for Minnesota). That game also came against Kirk Cousins’ team!
For what it’s worth we could stretch this a bit farther and note that Dak Prescott’s first career win for the Cowboys was also against Kirk Cousins (and as mentioned you can get a little loose with this and qualify him as a backup at the time). To summarize the point nicely: The last three quarterbacks who have won games for the Dallas Cowboys all experienced their first win on the road against teams that Kirk Cousins played for at the time.
Kirk Cousins has meant a lot to the Dallas Cowboys. Cheers to him!