Cooks caught eight of 13 targets for 120 yards during Sunday's 13-3 loss to the Patriots.
Cooks led the team in targets, catches and receiving yardage as he averaged a healthy 15.0 yards per catch. He nearly scored on two occasions, only to see Patriots defenders break up the play both times. Although this was a putrid offensive performance by the Rams, it was hardly Cooks' fault as he topped 100 receiving yards for the second straight playoff contest. The speedster was coming off a strong regular season in which he totaled 80 receptions for 1,204 yards, with five receiving touchdowns and another on the ground.
Cooks ended up as the Rams' most effective receiver versus his old squad, with his exploits key to Los Angeles' upset, Super Bowl-clinching win. The 2014 first-round pick's contributions were especially crucial on a day when the Saints effectively limited fellow wideout Robert Woods, especially downfield. Cooks elite speed, which he flashed on a pretty 36-yard over-the shoulder grab Sunday, could once again prove pivotal to the Rams' chances against either the Patriots or Chiefs in the Super Bowl.
Cooks corralled four of six targets for 65 receiving yards during Saturday's 30-22 win against the Cowboys. He had a would-be touchdown reception called back on instant replay during the second quarter.
Cooks struggled to produce towards the conclusion of the regular season, failing to eclipse 65 receiving yards over the final five games after doing so eight times between Weeks 1 and 11. In the divisional round he hit that mark right on the nose, racking up 65 yards through the air, and five more on the ground against Dallas' No. 7 defense (329.3 yards allowed per game). Coming up in the NFC championship game will be a favorable matchup for Cooks and the Rams receiving corps regardless of who wins Sunday, as the Eagles and the Saints are the conference's two worst teams in terms of receptions allowed to opposing wideouts.
Cooks caught five of nine targets for 62 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 48-32 win against the 49ers.
Cooks was without a touchdown reception since Week 9 against New Orleans, so it was good to see him finally break out, though that's of little solace for fantasy owners. The 62 receiving yards also tied the 25-year-old's highest yardage total in the last five games. The Rams were able to secure a first-round bye with the victory and will host a divisional-round game Jan. 12 or 13.
Cooks didn't make much of an impact through the air, but the sum of his efforts was solid overall. The speedster also took an early seat once the Rams had the game in hand in the fourth quarter, and Cooks has now failed to top 62 receiving yards over his last four contests following a three-game streak of 100-yard efforts from Weeks 9-11, a matter he'll look to rectify when he tries to help the Rams secure the No. 2 seed and a first--round bye in Week 17 against the 49ers.
|2014||New Orleans Saints||10||7||53||550||10.4||50||3||4||2||25|
|2015||New Orleans Saints||16||12||84||1138||13.5||71||9||18||5||45|
|2016||New Orleans Saints||16||12||78||1173||15.0||98||8||15||6||45|
|2017||New England Patriots||16||15||65||1082||16.6||64||7||18||7||42|
|2018||Los Angeles Rams||16||16||80||1204||15.1||57||5||22||4||56|
|2014||New Orleans Saints||10||7||7||73||10.4||28||1||1||4|
|2015||New Orleans Saints||16||12||8||18||2.3||11||0||0||2|
|2016||New Orleans Saints||16||12||6||30||5.0||11||0||0||1|
|2017||New England Patriots||16||15||9||40||4.4||13||0||0||2|
|2018||Los Angeles Rams||16||16||10||68||6.8||17||1||0||5|
|2014||New Orleans Saints||10||1||12||12.0||12||0||0|
|2015||New Orleans Saints||16||0||0||---||0||0||0|
|2016||New Orleans Saints||16||0||0||---||0||0||0|
|2017||New England Patriots||16||0||0||---||0||0||0|
|2018||Los Angeles Rams||16||0||0||---||0||0||0|
|2014||New Orleans Saints||10||10||15||35||3.5||15||0||0|
|2015||New Orleans Saints||16||2||0||12||6.0||6||0||0|
|2016||New Orleans Saints||16||1||0||2||2.0||2||0||0|
|2017||New England Patriots||16||0||0||0||---||0||0||0|
|2018||Los Angeles Rams||16||0||0||0||---||0||0||0|
|2014||New Orleans Saints||10||2||2.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2015||New Orleans Saints||16||2||2.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2016||New Orleans Saints||16||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2017||New England Patriots||16||1||1.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2018||Los Angeles Rams||16||1||1.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
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|2014||New Orleans Saints||10||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2015||New Orleans Saints||16||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2016||New Orleans Saints||16||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2017||New England Patriots||16||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2018||Los Angeles Rams||16||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|