It’s only been two days since the Dallas Cowboys lost their second game of the season, and that ugly feeling is going to last for a little while.
Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers was quite the letdown for the Cowboys, but there was some statistical success if you want to come away with something good. Both Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper set career highs in terms of passing and receiving yardage, respectively, it was a big day in the box score for both of them.
Amari Cooper has been an exceptional player for the Cowboys since they traded for him in the middle of last season. What he’s done in that time is literally among the best throughout the entire National Football League.
Amari Cooper since the trade has been nothing short of magnificent. Here are the NFL leaders since that day: pic.twitter.com/zyifMxpM8j— Bob Sturm (@SportsSturm) October 8, 2019
Amari’s emergency as a Cowboy is obviously what’s helped turn around the offense in that time (with the exception of how people are evaluating the last two weeks obviously). He’s given Dallas a different ability through the air which is what’s allowed them to have success in that department.
Amari Cooper isn’t the only star receiver on the Cowboys
What’s more is that the Cowboys effectively added not one, but two star wide receivers when they traded for Cooper. Obviously they literally added Cooper to the team but they also experienced the growth of then-rookie Michael Gallup. He has looked like a star through three games in his second season.
Gallup missed the Dolphins and Saints games this season and while Dallas had success against Miami, their offense struggled a bit early on, and nobody would deny that it struggled throughout the entire game against New Orleans. The return of Gallup was thought to be something that would significantly help the Cowboys offense and while a lot of what they did came in what people are referring to as garbage time that was true to a great degree.
Cooper and Gallup both finished with 14 targets on the day against Green Bay and while the latter “only” had 113 yards the former had twice that. Together they caught two touchdowns as well.
NFL receiving yards per game leaders through Week 5:
- Michael Gallup............... 113
- Michael Thomas............. 108.6
- Amari Cooper................. 102.4
- Chris Godwin.................. 102.2
- Cooper Kupp................... 101
- DJ Chark........................... 97
- Davante Adams................ 94.5
- Keenan Allen.................... 94
- Travis Kelce...................... 87.8
- John Ross......................... 82
It’s been a long time since the Cowboys had a duo like Amari and Gallup, they certainly never paired Dez Bryant with anybody too formidable opposite of them, which begs the question... how good are they as a duo compared to all of the others across the league?
The Minnesota Vikings have two receivers who could challenge for this conversation in Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs, the Atlanta Falcons have Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley, and the Rams have a nice collection with Robert Woods, Cooper Kupp, and Brandin Cooks.
In the AFC the Cleveland Browns have Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry, Houston has DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller, and the Kansas City Chiefs have two great pass-catchers in Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce.
Where would you say Amari and Gallup rank as a pair across the league?
Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup are the ____ best pass-catching duo across the NFL.
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