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Wide receiver Amari Cooper knows that it hasn’t all been peaches and cream for the Cowboys this season Dak Prescott Jersey , but the team is 3-1 since he arrived so he’s “experienced more peaks than valleys” while catching 22 passes for 349 yards and three touchdowns.That’s a big improvement over how things were going in Oakland before the October trade that sent him to Dallas. The Raiders were 1-5 and Cooper had the same number of catches for 280 yards and a touchdown.In an interview with Kimberley Martin of Yahoo Sports, Cooper said he “wasn鈥檛 really being used how I felt like聽I聽would have used me if聽I was the coach” and that he “wasn鈥檛 really happy” with the Raiders as a result. The last four weeks have led Cooper to find his smile again.“Just reflecting on my last four games here and my personality here, I feel like it did change me, as far as having that chip on my shoulder,鈥?Cooper said. “Not that I wasn鈥檛 passionate before, but playing with more passion, trying to聽intentionally聽have fun out there. It definitely has changed me, in terms of me going out there and just having fun with it. Because when you get traded, you start to think, 鈥榃ow, that can happen, just like that.'”The trade changed Cooper for the better and it’s changed the Cowboys for the better as their offensive production has spiked with the addition of a frontline receiver. The Raiders might find positive change as well when they spend the first-round pick that Dallas sent to obtain Cooper and that could make the deal a win-win-win when all is said and done.For now, though, it’s a lot brighter on one side than the other. Kirk Cousins and the Minnesota Vikings delivered a clutch performance in the type of setting, coincidental or not , that has dogged them for years.With a victory on the road in a nationally televised night game against a winning team, they've set themselves up quite well for the rest of the season."I think I've played well in prime time. Have we won them all? No, but to get this one was a great step in the right direction," Cousins said after the Vikings defeated Dallas 28-24 on Sunday. "Hopefully we can get a few more here."The Vikings (7-3) stayed one step behind Green Bay (8-2) in the NFC North. They have four of the final six games on the schedule at home, and the Packers play four of their last six games on the road.After going 0-9-1 in their last 10 games on the road against teams that had a winning record at the time of the game, the Vikings put those pesky questions to rest for the time being. They did so by again relying on what they were determined to make their strength this year, an efficient, powerful rushing attack spearheaded by Dalvin Cook. The only deficit the Vikings faced against the Cowboys was 21-20 midway through the third quarter, when after getting the ball back they drove 75 yards in 13 plays for the go-ahead touchdown on a fourth-and-goal run off right tackle by Cook."It's new to me, but I guess when you get people on their heels you get them a little bit tired, a little bit worn down," Cousins said. "You can just keep going and keep plugging, and I think it says a little bit about our conditioning."The Vikings kept the ball on the ground for 10 straight plays leading up to the score, five for Cook, four for Alexander Mattison and one for fullback C.J. Ham."That's a lineman's dream Amari Cooper Cowboys Jersey ," center Garrett Bradbury said.WHAT'S WORKINGJust as critical for the victory was the way on the other side the defense smothered Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott, who had just 47 yards on 20 attempts. That's the lowest total of the two-time NFL rushing champion's career in the 36 games, including the playoffs, in which he has carried the ball 20 or more times.The way the front four handled one of the best offensive lines in the league and the absence of nose tackle Linval Joseph was remarkable, with young interior players Jaleel Johnson, Ifaedi Odenigbo and Armon Watts drawing rave reviews. Middle linebacker Eric Kendricks was a more than capable support, also contributing a crucial diving fourth-down breakup of a short pass to Elliott with 40 seconds left from the Minnesota 14-yard line.WHAT NEEDS HELPDallas has some of the best pass blockers in the league, so generating pressure was more difficult than usual for the Vikings. That contributed to some vulnerabilities in the secondary during an impeccable game for Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott. Cornerback Mike Hughes was targeted most often with the primary coverage on wide receiver Amari Cooper, but coach Mike Zimmer was hardly upset."He was in position most of the night," Zimmer said. "Honestly, the guy made a bunch of great catches, and they made some really good throws."STOCK UPThe Vikings have proved the fullback is not a dying position, with Cook and Mattison reaping the benefits of Ham's ability to clear out the first defender and pave the way for repeated success on the ground. Ham was the lead blocker on six of those 10 consecutive running plays on the go-ahead touchdown drive.STOCK DOWNThere's no obvious player falling out of favor, but the injury absence of cornerback Trae Waynes against the Cowboys provided a potential glimpse at what the secondary will look like next year. Though his performance this season has not been a problem, Waynes is in the final year of his contract with this star-packed team toting precious little space under the salary cap. Hughes , the 2018 first-round draft pick, is on a clear track to be a full-time starter next season.INJURIESZimmer said he wasn't sure yet about the status of wide receiver Adam Thielen for the upcoming game against Denver, but with the bye waiting next, the Vikings will likely take advantage of the two-for-one to give his hamstring further rest. Right guard Josh Kline was replaced in the third quarter at Dallas by Dakota Dozier because of a concussion, his second one this season. Waynes (ankle) will probably return against the Broncos. Joseph (knee) will likely be a longer-term absence, though Zimmer left open the possibility of him playing.KEY NUMBER1,415 — League-leading yardage total for Cook on 243 touches, an average of 5.82 yards per play that goes his way. Adrian Peterson had 1,283 total yards on 224 touches, an average of 5.72 yards per play, through the first 10 games of his NFL MVP season in 2012 for the Vikings.NEXT STEPSThe Vikings must avoid a letdown against a lesser opponent when they host Denver (3-6) on Sunday afternoon, but that's rarely been an issue in six seasons under Zimmer. Keeping their injury list from lengthening will be the key, with the goal of being back to full strength for the Dec. 2 game at Seattle.

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Dallas Cowboys season have been mess, they're picking at 17th in the first round and I think they will pick Grant Delpit from LSU. That'll be a good pick for them.

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