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Cowboys WR Amari Cooper Gets Shut Down by Patriots

went into Week 12 as one of the NFL's top receivers in 2019. He still is, of course, but that didn't stop the from taking him completely out of the game. The Cowboys' star was held without a catch for the first time since coming to Dallas.

Before yesterday, Cooper's lowest catch total as a Cowboy was a single reception in Week 6 against the . Other than that game, he's never had less than three catches in any single contest.

During his time with the Raiders, Amari was held without a reception in three games. In total, that's just four times in 75 career games (including ) that Cooper's been completely shut down.

New England's coverage of Cooper, in which Stephen Gilmore took the lead, resulted in only two targets even going Amari's way during the game. One of those passes led to an interception by Gilmore.

The Patriots' defensive effort brought the Cowboys' entire , which had been rolling coming into Sunday, to a screeching halt. managed just 212 yards through the air and 57.6% for completions, both new season lows.

It was no surprise that New England was effective in this regard; the Patriots had the NFL's top-ranked overall going into the game. But the advantage proved far greater in execution than in projection, and the Cowboys didn't look anything like the league's top .

This bad week, assuming it remains an outlier, won't stop Amari Cooper from commanding top dollar this . He still is among the league leaders in receiving yards and touchdowns and Dallas won't have to play the Patriots again this season.

Still, yesterday was a heat check for Cooper, Dak Prescott, , and everyone who got comfortable recently with talk of our passing game dominance. The Cowboys still have plenty of work to do if they ever want to compete with the NFL elite.

Jess Haynie
Jess Haynie
Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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  1. Something tells me there is an injury problem with Amari Cooper. He is spending more time on the sideline here lately. No matter what Garrett told Prescott, if Amari is open and Dak has the time he will find him. Maybe his quickness on routes is missing something. I don’t know what it is, but he just doesn’t seem the same.

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