Cowboys have Amari Cooper this time against Seattle

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Things have changed since Week 3 when the Seahawks beat the Cowboys 24-13. The Cowboys have Amari Cooper. The Seahawks don’t have Earl Thomas.

The Cowboys passed for only 137 yards, and Thomas picked off two passes in that game 15 weeks ago.

“That was a long time ago,” Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott said. “If anything, we’re a different team. We look a lot different on both sides of the ball, especially us on offense, than we did then. I think the biggest difference is just in me being comfortable and just being able to play the way I have in the last couple of weeks and just sticking to that.”

The Cowboys averaged 183.1 passing yards in the first seven games without Cooper. They have averaged 250.8 passing yards in the nine games with him.

“You’ve seen the difference he has made to this team,” Prescott said. “. . .We are fortunate to have him. Knowing what they like to play — they like to play a lot of single high — that offers a lot of one-on-one matchups with him. So excited for that matchup.”

Cooper wasn’t with the Cowboys when they played Seattle, but he was with the Raiders when they played Seattle.

He lasted only 12 plays as Seahawks safety Bradley McDougald knocked Cooper out of the game with a nasty helmet-to-helmet hit. Cooper left with a concussion and a rib injury.

McDougald wasn’t penalized on the play, but the NFL did fine him $26,739 for unnecessary roughness. (McDougald told Gregg Bell of The Tacoma News on Wednesday that he got the fine reduced by about $7,000 on appeal.)

Cooper is ready for another shot at the Seahawks.

“They brought me here to make plays,” Cooper said. “I believe I can do that, especially with a one-high defense. I played Seattle earlier in the year. Got knocked out and not able to do much. But I believe if I play a whole game, I can do something.”

Cooper topped the 1,000-yard mark by 5 yards, catching 53 passes for 725 yards and six touchdowns with the Cowboys after making 22 receptions for 280 yards and a touchdown for the Raiders.

“Amari has been a good player for us,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. “He’s come in quickly and transitioned to our team and understanding what we’re asking him to do. He’s made a big impact in a short period of time. Any time you can add a player like that, not only the plays he makes but the looks he gets other guys, the looks they might get, the opportunity they might get. He’s certainly made a big impact on our team the last half of the season.”

The Seahawks won’t have Thomas, whom Prescott called a “great player,” but the Cowboys haven’t noticed a dropoff in the Seattle defense.

“They are different,” Prescott said. “They are playing better. They are playing a lot better than they were that game, but so are we. Some things have changed, but for the most part they stuck to who they are.”

48 responses to “Cowboys have Amari Cooper this time against Seattle

  1. I can’t wait to see what the Cowboys are going to have to pay him! I hope he drops a pass while wide open in the end zone.

  2. La de da.

    Guy has had like 2 good games and everyone massively overrates him. He’s nothing.

    Bottom line is that the Seahawks have Russ Wilson and the Cowboys are stuck with Dak Prescott.

    Seahawks win by at least 20 points, write it down.

  3. The biggest difference between a relatively meaningless ‘day’ game in week 3 and a night-time, prime time game is not who is and who isn’t now on either team as all teams have gone through changes.
    It’s two words: Russell Wilson. Dude turns it on at night and plays better in the spotlights. Can Dak say that?

  4. Seahawks didn’t have Doug Baldwin, KJ Wright, or starting Center Justin Britt playing last time either. But let’s not mention that.

  5. Lol, Seahawks knocked him out last time he played them, they’ll probably do it again…I think Seattle will cover him easily…

  6. The guy has disappeared for the last three or four games? He almost cost Dallas the game Sunday with that fumble. He’s soft. Wait til you pay him, he’ll be triple ply Charmin

  7. I remember that guy. He had a few good games for the Cowboys and no one has seen him since. You know, just like the guy with the same name who once played for the Raiders.

  8. The Cowboys also have Vander Esch; that guy a rare linebacker who can run Russell Wilson down when Russ scampers out of collapsing O-line and makes something happen, which is I think most of Seattle’s playbook.

  9. His stats with Dallas are somewhat tainted. He had 2 games where he had 22 catches for 397 yards and 5 tds for an average of 18.04. The rest of the games he had 33 catches for 321 yards and 1 td for an average of 9.72. I think a better story is which Amari Cooper will show up?

  10. Without the 18-397-5tds against Washington and Philly(corners all injured) he’s done nothing. Last 3 games of the season after the Philly game in week 14?, combined 13-83-0. Without those 5tds in 2 games, he has 1 for Dallas the 1st game he played against Tennessee.
    He dissappears, no way was he worth what the Cowboys gave up for him.

  11. Cooper will help the Cowboys, for sure. But the Seahawks have the better QB and that should be the difference in this game.

  12. If they use them right he can be deadly and if they don’t he won’t be if he throws a good ball he’ll catch it and if he doesn’t he won’t.

  13. If they use them right he can be deadly and if they don’t he won’t be if he throws a good ball he’ll catch it and if he doesn’t he won’t.

  14. footballfan72 says:
    January 3, 2019 at 2:47 am
    To paraphrase Ivan Drago, Seattle will lose…

    *****************************

    But, Drago was the one who lost…really no idea what you’re trying to say with this

  15. If I was a Boys fan I’d be a concerned as since being shutout by Colts they struggled to beat 2 poor teams, and Cooper’s production in those last 3 games was poor. And Garrett has just one playoff win – a home wildcard v Lions 4yrs ago, won 24-20 thanks to 3 turnovers by Stafford.

  16. We can all just forget about that week 3 matchup. It was Seattle’s home opener, after two tough road losses. Dallas ran into a buzzsaw that day.

    This game is in Dallas, and both teams have come a long way since then. Cooper will definitely be a factor, but he isn’t the type that usually gashes Seattle’s D. I’m happy with Seattle’s chances, but I have no expectations other than that win or lose, the score will be closer than in their first meeting.

    Can’t wait til Sunday! (I’ll be tuning in at 9:15 am here)

  17. Every year when you look at the top 5 WR cap hits…those teams routinely miss the playoffs…yet WRs continue to get paid…Dez Bryants contract caught up to Dallas, just like Demarius Thomas’ caught up with Denver, just like AJ Green and Julio Jones have caught up with their teams…and just like Antonio Browns is about to catch up with Pittsburg…I can’t wait for the idiot Cowboys to make the same mistake they made with Dez and pay him a ridiculous contract!!!

  18. I was happy when the Raiders drafted Cooper because he’s such a good kid, he’s not a turd and not a diva, very respectful.

    Having said that, he disappears when the going gets tough.

  19. seabrawk12 says:
    January 3, 2019 at 7:13 am
    I forgot he was on the Cowboys. The only possible issue is if Shaq Griffin isn’t playing. Otherwise nobody is worried about Cooper.
    —————

    The benefit is last game they put 8-9 in the box and didn’t Zeke get out. If you weren’t worried about him Griffin playing or not wouldn’t matter. Truth is you have to game plan for Cooper, and you at least have to shade help his way. You can pretend it doesn’t matter but reality is it does.

  20. I liked Coop still have his jersey but he did lead the league in drops for two years …great kid but he’s not worth 18 mill a year and that’s what his agent thinks he’s going to receive or drop!!!

  21. seattle 27 cowboys 14 and thats comin from someone with no rooting interest. I dont think dallas will ever win another playoff game in my lifetime.

  22. I don’t care who wins this game. Yeah Wilson is the better qb at this stage but Seattle benefits so much at home it’s not even funny. Hawks simply are not as good on the road.
    This game is in Dallas and in a game that will be won by a running game and defense, gimme Dallas in a close one. Ol Jerry will be smiling and high fivin’ in his box.

  23. In the Raiders game at Wembley, Cooper tried to come across the middle and Bradley McDougald practically decapitated him. He went to the bench and never returned.

    Seahawks, 24-16.

  24. Boo Hoo Hoo you can tell easily of people who team that out of the playoff they can tell the future if the game hasn’t been played shut up keep your prediction to your self if I can see in to the future I will be rich by now you win you win you loose you loose simple as that and wait like every body else

  25. jshawaii22 says:

    January 2, 2019 at 11:24 pm

    The biggest difference between a relatively meaningless ‘day’ game in week 3 and a night-time, prime time game is not who is and who isn’t now on either team as all teams have gone through changes.
    It’s two words: Russell Wilson. Dude turns it on at night and plays better in the spotlights. Can Dak say that?

    Huh…isn’t he the guy who threw a pick at the goal line in the SB to lose the game for his team? Yeah, dude shines in the spotlight…

  26. joetoronto says:
    January 3, 2019 at 8:36 am
    I was happy when the Raiders drafted Cooper because he’s such a good kid, he’s not a turd and not a diva, very respectful.

    Having said that, he disappears when the going gets tough.

    —————

    Then you must be absolutely crestfallen over Derek Carr

  27. Let’s put this into perspective. Since joining the Cowboys, Cooper had 180 yards vs Washington and 217 yards vs the Eagles in OT.

    For the other seven games with Dallas he’s averaged 5 receptions for 47 yards.

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