Amari Cooper: I know Marcus Peters, Aqib Talib “in and out”

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Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott said that wide receiver Amari Cooper is “starting to talk a little bit more” than he did in his first weeks after joining the team in a trade with the Raiders.

One of the topics that Cooper will be covering in conversations this week is how the Rams cornerbacks like to play. Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib joined the Rams this year in trades with the Chiefs and Broncos, respectively, and Cooper faced both players several times when all three called the AFC West home.

“I’ve played against those guys twice a year, both of them. I know them in and out,” Cooper said, via the team’s website. “I know how they play, and I’m able to tell my teammates, the quarterback their tendencies.”

Cooper and Talib likely have some insights about facing Cooper as a result of those matchups and the side that learned their lessons the best could have an edge on Saturday night.

21 responses to “Amari Cooper: I know Marcus Peters, Aqib Talib “in and out”

  1. I don’t doubt that Cooper will be a factor, but what other receiver do the Cowboys have? Beasley is questionable at best, so who’s next? Tavon Austin? If so, the game will get ugly fast for the Cowboys. It will take A LOT more than Zeke and Cooper to beat the Rams…

  2. Whom ever wins the turnover battle will win the game. The Cowboys can and will and always does control the clock with long time eating drives. Dak can not turn the ball over. Our defense is tough fierce hard hitting and talented.

    This should be a great game, all the Experts everywhere even at “Espn Expert Picks” are picking the Rams. Im not sure why?
    Rams coming out flat, Rams do not have home field advantage, Cowboys coming in with a playoff win and momentum, Cowboys have a top defense, Rams cant stop the run (see Zeke) NFL leading rusher Again, Dak is very accurate on the run passing the ball (see him moving away from their stud DT) IF Martin is having issues with him. … Seriously We stopped the Champs TWICE this year, we stopped Brees and the Saints, and we just beat Seattle in the playoffs.
    I think that we are being disrespected, .. and you know what happens when they do that!

  3. That they’re both overrated. One’s a crybaby and the other is just a bully that resorts to fighting when he gets beat.

  4. Each of the Rams losses this year were to playoff teams (Eagles, Saints, Bears). They’re
    4-3 this season vs. playoff teams. Margin of victory in 4 wins vs. playoff teams: 3, 5, 2, and 12 points (avg. +5.5 points).

    When they played the playoff team with the best defense (Bears), the Rams scored just 6 total points.

    Dallas has debatably just as good defense as Chicago. On the other side of the ball, the Rams defense yields the worst yards per rush attempt in the league. Note that they’ll be facing the leagues rushing champion in Ezekiel Elliott on Saturday. Dallas commits to the run, which effectively negates the strength of the Rams defense in rushing the passer.

    Another point of emphasis that cannot be lost is the anticipation of a 50/50 or even 60/40 fan attendance that would favor Dallas. If anything, this effectively neutralizes the Rams’ home field advantage.

    The Rams may ultimately win the game. But for those thinking Dallas doesn’t have a chance, you could be in for a big surprise on Saturday. Should be fun to watch.

  5. Peters is a liability for the Rams as is Aqib. Peters takes to many chances and thats why he was the 81st Ranked CB at the end of the regular season.

  6. Neither Talib nor peters can man up Cooper (Peters has to play at least 10 yds off the ball or he can’t cover). Whatever the rams do, they’ll have some glaring holes defensively.

  7. will be interesting to see how this all plays out. here is my match-up when dallas is in 3 WR set:

    Cooper – Talib
    Gallup – Robey Coleman
    Tight End – Peters
    Austin – Troy Hill

  8. The Rams soft belly is their run defense…Zeke will get his. Whether or not they can make chunks plays in the passing game – most likely by Cooper – is going to determine if they win. And while Cooper is certainly inconsistent, he does have a history of monster games against Cooper (but also a shutout). Talib has consistently held him in check historically, although he is getting older now.

    I’d imagine the Cowboys will probably move him around to try to get him matched up on Cooper.

  9. if you really think about this match up the way Peters takes chances could spell doomsday for Dallas because Dak has no zip on his throws..the ball will look like its going in slow motion to Peters as he steps in front and picks it for a turnover…but if Dak can pump fake Peters will bite and they can burn him for 6 ..its going be a chess match

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