This article is part of our NFL Reactions series.
It was less than two months ago that the Cowboys had just lost to Washington, leaving Dallas with a 3-4 record heading into their bye. Washington was in control of the division at the time, but we all knew they were no good all the same. It was a pitiful look for the Cowboys, and the optics of Jerry Jones' obvious embarrassment warmed the heart of any non-Cowboy fan, and some of them maybe joined in anyway. Couldn't happen to a better guy, right? It was also at that same time that we were in the midst of our annual national agreement that Jason Garrett needed to be fired.
For a team in those circumstances to then trade a first-round pick for anything in particular seems like shortsighted desperation. That the conductor in question was Jones left the move with especially little benefit of the doubt. For the trade target to be a receiver in particular made it appear ill-advised – Jones already spent a total of three first round picks to make ill-fated trades for Joey Galloway and Roy Williams, and it looked like the same script was about to repeat itself.
The Cowboys are 5-1 since that trade, and with their 29-23 overtime victory Sunday over the Eagles they've won five in a row. In those six games, Cooper has 40 catches for 642 yards and six touchdowns on 53 targets. Perhaps more importantly, Dak Prescott has 12 total touchdowns (nine passing) to five turnovers in those games,