Amari Cooper, standout wide receiver from the Dallas Cowboys, tested positive for COVID-19 and he’ll miss the next two games, which includes the Cowboys’ annual game on Thanksgiving next Thursday.
The Cowboys placed Cooper on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Friday. Cooper will not suit up in Week 11 against the Kansas City Chiefs, and Week 12 against the Las Vegas Raiders on Thanksgiving. The Cowboys expect Cooper to be ready to return to action in Week 13 against the New Orleans Saints.
In nine games this season, Cooper caught 44 passes for 583 yards and five touchdowns. he passed 100-yards in receiving only twice this season with 139 yards in Week 1 and 122 yards in Week 8. After scoring two touchdowns in the season-opener against the Tampa Bay Bucs, Cooper caught just three touchdowns in eight games since Week 1.
Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott leads top offense in the NFL that generates 31.6 ppg. Even without Cooper, the Cowboys have plenty of other offensive weapons. CeeDee Lamb (47 receptions, 726 yards, 6 TDs) has emerged as Prescott’s primary target this season, with Cooper a close second. Michael Gallup recently returned to the lineup after he missed most of the first half of the season with a calf strain. With Cooper sidelined with COVID, Cedrick Wilson will get promoted to third string wideout.
The Cowboys (7-2) currently sit in first place in the dreadful NFC East. If the postseason were to begin today, the Cowboys would earn the #3 seed in the NFC playoffs. Only the Arizona Cardinals (8-2) and Green Bay Packers (8-2) have more wins than the Cowboys in the NFC.
The Kansas City Chiefs host the Cowboys on Sunday, where the Cowboys are a +2.5 road dog. The Cowboys are 3-1 on the road this season. Betting wise, the Cowboys are 8-1 against the spread with the second-best ATS record in the NFL.
The Cowboys are +800 odds to win Super Bowl 56 on the NFL futures board and a the third-best favorite trailing the Buffalo Bills (+600) and Tampa Bay Bucs (+650).