Amari Cooper clearly got tired of hearing about how disappointing his 2017 season had been.
After starting the season 2-0, the Oakland Raiders had lost four games in a row heading into Thursday night’s matchup against the 5-1 Kansas City Chiefs, and Cooper’s struggles had been a big part of that.
However, in Oakland’s impressive 31-30 victory, Cooper was incredible, catching 11 passes for 210 yards and two scores to lead his team.
Even more stunning, Cooper’s 200-yard performance was the first time an Oakland receiver had reached that mark since 1965:
Amari Cooper is the 1st Raiders player with 200 receiving yards in a game since Art Powell in 1965 against the Boston Patriots. pic.twitter.com/tBAkIyxOus
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 20, 2017
The former Alabama star now has 29 catches for 356 yards and three touchdowns on the season.
He still has his work cut out for him if he wants to reach the 1,000-yard plateau for the third-straight season, but Thursday’s big game was a great kickstart to his 2017 campaign.
The Raiders take on the Buffalo Bills next weekend, so it’ll be interesting to see if Cooper’s momentum from Thursday night carries over to next Sunday.