FRISCO, Texas — Ezekiel Elliott knew Amari Cooper was good, however few might have predicted simply how large of an impression Cooper would have on the Dallas Cowboys.
“I didn’t know we had been going to get all that, actually,” Elliott stated after Cooper caught the recreation-profitable landing move in additional time to give the Dallas Cowboys a 29-23 win over the Philadelphia Eagles. “However once I lastly noticed him in individual, once I noticed him catch the ball, I noticed him run round and run after the catch, that’s once I actually realized he’s actually particular. You guys noticed that [Sunday]. He took over that recreation at the finish after we wanted him. I am glad to have that man on the identical facet as me.”
Cooper completed with 10 receptions for 217 yards and three touchdowns in simply his sixth recreation with the Cowboys. They’re 5-1 since he got here to city from the Oakland Raiders. With the win in opposition to the Eagles, they’re one win away from clinching the NFC East and making the playoffs for the second time in three seasons.
Cooper has 40 receptions for 642 yards and 6 scores since the Cowboys gave up a 2019 first-rounder to get him. With three video games to play, he has an opportunity to have 1,000 receiving yards in simply 9 video games with the Cowboys.
Over a 16-game schedule, Cooper’s numbers challenge to 107 catches, 1,712 yards and 16 touchdowns.
“After I considered enjoying in the NFL as a youth, this is the excellent instance of that,” Cooper stated of his efficiency in opposition to Philadelphia. “For every little thing from the metropolis, the amenities, profitable, watching that protection on the market, watching that offense out right here, it’s a dream come true.”
Simply by the numbers, what he did in opposition to the Eagles was up there in crew and NFL historical past.
10: Cooper had a season-excessive 10 catches. It was the third 10-catch recreation of his profession and his second of the season. He had 10 receptions for 166 yards in Week 2 in opposition to the Denver Broncos earlier than the trade to Dallas.
|Participant, crew||12 months||YPG|
|Amari Cooper, DAL||2018||107.zero|
|Paul Salata, BAL||1950||81.7|
|Wes Chandler, SD||1981||71.four|
|Josh Gordon, NE||2018||70.1|
|Chris Chambers, KC||2009||67.6|
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217: Cooper established his profession excessive with 217 receiving yards. His earlier excessive was 210 yards on Oct. 19, 2017, with the Oakland Raiders. The 217 yards are the most by an NFL receiver this season and the most by a receiver since the Atlanta Falcons’ Julio Jones had 253 in opposition to Tampa Bay on Nov. 26, 2017.
190: Cooper’s second-half and additional time receiving yards. That is the most this season and the fifth-most since 1991.
three: Cooper turned the first participant in NFL historical past with three go-forward touchdowns in the fourth quarter and additional time of 1 recreation.
5: Cooper turned the fifth receiver in Cowboys historical past to have a number of video games of at the very least 180 receiving yards. He has achieved the feat in three video games, catching eight passes for 180 yards and two scores in a Thanksgiving Day win in opposition to the Washington Redskins. Corridor of Famers Bob Hayes (4) and Michael Irvin (three) have the most in crew historical past, with Cooper, Frank Clarke and Tony Hill having two such video games.
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2: Cooper tied Hayes and Irvin for the most video games with at the very least 180 receiving yards in a season in crew historical past. Hayes did it twice in 1966. Irvin did it twice in 1996.
9: Of Cooper’s 10 receptions Sunday, 9 went for a primary down, tying for the most he has had in a recreation in his profession. The one Cowboy with extra in a recreation in the previous 20 seasons is Jason Witten, who had 10 first-down catches in opposition to the Detroit Lions in Week 14 of 2007. He completed the recreation with 15 receptions for 138 yards and a landing.
200+ and three, Half 1: Cooper joined Irvin and Clarke as solely the third participant in crew historical past with greater than 200 receiving yards and three touchdowns in a recreation. Irvin had eight catches for 210 yards and three scores in a 31-20 win in opposition to the Phoenix Cardinals in 1992. Clarke had 10 catches for 241 yards and three scores in a season-opening tie with Washington in 1962.
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200+ and three, Half II: The final huge receiver to have greater than 200 receiving yards and three touchdowns in a recreation was Andre Johnson of the Houston Texans in opposition to the Indianapolis Colts on Nov. three, 2013. Johnson had 9 catches for 229 yards and three scores in a 27-24 loss.
49.four%: This isn’t associated to the Eagles’ recreation, however it displays the change in the Cowboys’ offense since the trade. In the first seven video games of the season with out Cooper, the Cowboys transformed simply 29 of 91 third-down alternatives, good for 32 %. In the six video games with Cooper, they’ve transformed 43 of 87 third-down probabilities, good for 49 %. That might be the finest in the league over a full season.