Cooper Rush Sends Clear Message Before Game vs. Bengals

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The Dallas Cowboys' first week was brutal, but the team's new starting quarterback Cooper Rush is feeling confident going forward this Sunday.

Rush, who started the season as the Cowboys' backup, would start in place of Dak Prescott.

Prescott suffered a thumb injury in last weekend's 19-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

And will miss several weeks after surgery.

Rush said he and his teammates are "ready to roll" against the Cincinnati Bengals starting Sunday.

"I think it's more about the teammates. You want to earn their respect every day," Rush said via Todd Archer of ESPN.com.

"To go there on Sunday, that's the best way to do it. Go play well. They have my respect.

I think they respect me. I think we have a good group. I think we are ready to roll."

Rush made a debut for the Cowboys last season,

Throwing for 325 yards and two touchdowns in a 20-16 win over the Minnesota Vikings.

Dallas was 5-1 in that game, but is 0-1 this time, with many experts dismissing the team's chances this season.

"We have a bad taste in our mouths after losing a game," Rush said.

"You can't wait to be back there next week.

We were 0-1 last year too, though. This is the first step."

Cowboys and Bengals will start at 4:25 pm. ET Sunday on CBS.