Amari Cooper admittedly went into last Thursday’s game against the New Orleans Saints looking to see how his Dallas Cowboys’ measured up.
They were riding a three-game winning streak but were facing a Saints team considered one of best in the NFL on a 10-game winning streak.
He didn’t mention Super Bowl but it was implied that the Cowboys (7-5), sitting alone atop the NFC East, now have a chance to make this season special.
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“I felt like we had a chance,” Cooper said. “I feel like we are good team. I used it personally as a measuring to see where we really were. We broke their winning streak. It proved I was right. I think it’s definitely a confidence booster. You beat a team like that you feel like you can beat any team. So yeah.”
Cooper said the Cowboys plan to keep the same mentality that they have had over the last four weeks heading into Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles (6-6), who are in a desperate, must-win mode to keep pace in the division.
“We feel the same way,” Cooper said. “It’s a must win for us too. That’s our mentality going into the game.”
Running back Ezekiel Elliott agreed that nothing has changed for the Cowboys despite going from left for dead at 3-5 to controlling their own destiny for the playoffs and the NFC East title.
“Just making sure we have that same mentality. I mean, honestly, we’re in the same position that we were when we were 3-5,” Elliott said. “We need to go out here and win the rest of these ball games so we can have a chance to make a run in these playoffs. Having that same mentality, attacking work the same every day.”