ARLINGTON, Texas — Hello, Amari Cooper.
And hello to a working Cowboys offense, a defense that creates turnovers and Ezekiel Elliott in rookie form.
Three touchdowns in 7 minutes and 36 seconds and three interceptions were among the highlights on an explosive Thanksgiving Day for Dallas in a 31-23 victory over Washington.
A Cowboys offense so broken in the NFC East rivals’ October game appears fixed. Credit, in part, the trade for Cooper that the Cowboys pulled off a day after that loss to Washington.
Here are three things we learned during Cooper and Dallas’ big day:
About that Amari Cooper trade: Dallas moves to 3-1 since trading its 2019 first-round pick to the Raiders for Cooper. Cooper was key to Dallas scoring on its opening drive of the game, twice converting on third down. But he did more than just move the chains and aid his teammates. In the third quarter, Cooper capitalized on a tripped defender to gain 35 yards after catch on a 40-yard touchdown. The next drive he did it again – racing 69 yards after catch for a 90-yard score, the longest touchdown pass of Dak Prescott’s career. Per NFL research, Cooper’s 180 yards on eight catches were the most for a Dallas receiver since Dec. 23, 2012 (Dez Bryant, 224 vs. the Saints).
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