Jack Del Rio Says Raiders ‘Needed’ Amari Cooper’s Breakout In Week 7

The Oakland Raiders can breathe a slight sigh of relief after pulling out a thrilling win against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 7. The Raiders, who were down 30-24 late in the fourth quarter, were able to score on a goal-line throw from Derek Carr to Michael Crabtree, capping off a late-game comeback.

While Crabtree will get credit for the team’s last touchdown, it was Amari Cooper who stole the show. Cooper, who had struggled mightily coming into the matchup, went off to the tune of 211 receiving yards and a pair of touchdowns.

According to Daniel Mano of Mercury News, Jack Del Rio says Cooper’s breakout was much needed:

I think (the breakout is) a culmination of a lot of different factors, which really I would prefer to keep close to the vest. But the bottom line is, we got him off. We needed it, he delivered it, and it was awesome to see.”

Cooper was basically unstoppable the whole night as Kansas City’s corners had trouble defending him whether he lined up outside the numbers or in the slot. His size and speed proved to be too much and helped Oakland right the ship.

Even though they are sitting at 3-4, the silver and black finally have some momentum to ride during the 2017 NFL season. They hit the road for a Week 8 matchup against a competent Buffalo Bills squad.