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Did Amari Cooper’s sensational play vs. Eagles earn him NFC Offensive Player of Week?

Dallas Cowboys receiver Amari Cooper continues to put up historic numbers while racking up honors and accolades.

He was named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week for his sensational performance in the 29-23 overtime victory against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.

Cooper caught 10 passes for a career-high 217 yards and touchdowns of 28, 75 and the walk-off winner in overtime of 15 yards.

It’s his second player of the week honor in the last three games. He also won for his nine-catch, 180-yard performance against the Redskins on Thanksgiving day.

It’s the first time in Cowboys history that a player was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week twice in one season.

But it was well deserving after that effort against the Eagles.

Consider:

* Cooper’s 217 yards are the most receiving yards by any NFL receiver this season, and the most receiving yards by any NFL receiver since Julio Jones logged 253 yards against Tampa Bay (11/26/17).

* Cooper and Michael Thomas of the Saints are the only receivers this season to post two games with at least 180 receiving yards, and Cooper is the fifth player to post at least two games with at least 180 yards in a Cowboys career, tied for the third-most games.

* He also became only the third player in franchise history to post at least two games with at least 180 receiving yards in a single season.

* Cooper became only the third player in team history with 200-plus receiving yards and three touchdowns in team history, joining Michael Irvin (vs. Pho, 9/20/92) and Frank Clarke (vs. Was, 9/16/62).

* It was the first time an NFL player has posted over 200 receiving yards and at least three receiving touchdowns since Andre Johnson against Indianapolis (11/3/13).

* Cooper became the fourth NFL receiver this season to record three receiving touchdowns in a single game, joining A.J. Green (vs. Bal, 9/13/18), Tyreek Hill (at NE, 10/14/18) and Calvin Ridley (vs. NO, 9/23/18).

* Cooper is the first player in NFL history with three go-ahead receiving touchdowns in the fourth-quarter/OT of the same game.

* Nine of Cooper’s 10 receptions went for first downs to tie his personal career-high (vs. KC, 10/19/17).

What’s most important is how he has transformed the Cowboys, leading them to a 5-1 record and sparking a five-game winning streak since coming over in a bye week trade with the Raiders.

In six games with the Cowboys, Cooper has posted the most receiving yards (642) and first downs (23), is tied for the most receiving touchdowns (six) and is tied for the seventh-most receptions (40) among all NFL receivers. He also leads the league with 11 first downs and 13 receptions on third downs during that time.

The Cowboys offense has gone from 29th in passing before Cooper to 10th in the six games with him. And the third-down percentage was 30th in the league but it is second since he arrived.

It’s all worthy to be honored.

Clarence E. Hill Jr. :@clarencehilljr
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