LOS ANGELES -- Don't be fooled by statistics.
Los Angeles Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey emphasized that point Thursday when asked about an impending matchup against Dallas Cowboys star receiver Amari Cooper.
Ramsey pointed to a 2016 game, the seventh of Ramsey's rookie season with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Cooper, playing for the Oakland Raiders, caught four passes for 29 yards in his team's 33-16 victory. Ramsey said he gave up one reception while covering Cooper.
"It looks like I won the matchup, right?" Ramsey said.
Not so fast.
"If you actually turn on the film and look at it he was like eating me up all game long, especially on the line and his releases," Ramsey said. "I was overly aggressive. He was really killing me off the line. They were just at the time basically picking on the corner on the other side.
"That's something that's always stuck in my mind. Like that stat line didn't matter to me. How that actual game went mattered a lot to me -- and that's when I gained a lot of respect for him."
Ramsey will no doubt cover Cooper on Sunday when the Rams play the Cowboys at AT&T Stadium, and the stakes are high for both teams.
The Rams are 8-5, and probably have to win out against the Cowboys, San Francisco 49ers and Arizona Cardinals to catch the Minnesota Vikings (9-4) for an NFC wild-card spot. The Cowboys (6-7) are leading the NFC East, with a game against the Philadelphia Eagles (6-7) looming Dec. 22.