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Marcus Cooper Is Unsung Hero of Tamba Hali’s Touchdown

When you check the box score of Kansas City’s 23-13 win over the Buffalo Bills, you’ll see that outside linebacker Tamba Hali played a huge role in the win.

Hali, one of the best outside linebackers in the game, was able to scoop up a Buffalo fumble deep in the Bill’s zone and run it back for an easy Chiefs’ touchdown. At the time of Hali’s touchdown, the Chiefs and Bills were tied 13-13.

Hali’s defensive score put the Chiefs up by seven (after Ryan Succop’s kick) with about 12 minutes left in the fourth quarter, and the Bills were never able to recover.

While Hali will get all the credit for the huge defensive play, and probably much of the credit for the win, notice the unsung hero who actually makes this play happen for Kansas City:


If you notice, it’s actually #31 Marcus Cooper who was able bring his hand over the top and knock the ball loose away from Buffalo wide receiver T.J. Graham.

Hali will get the credit for the huge score, and deservedly so, but it’s Cooper’s forced fumble that really made this play for the Chiefs’ defense.

Cooper has been a revelation this season since entering the cornerback rotation because of injuries. In eight games so far, he has two interceptions and one fumble recovery.

You can now add this forced fumble to his rookie resume as well.


Note: GIF via GIFD Sports.

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  • Wes McDougal

    Cooper will be a star in this league for years to come. Hopefully all with the Chiefs

  • Trent Taylor

    What a gift Coop has turned out to be!

    • Phillip Maxwell

      My brother is a life long 9er fan, I called him up the other day and thanked him for Coop–lol

  • DTVTechGuy

    MC is the best FA we signed.

  • KCMikeG

    He also broke up a sure TD. The guy is our best DB and only a rookie. Better get a long term contract signed with Coop before he wants $10M!

    • Danny W

      I agree how fast can we get this guy for five more years for 25 million?

  • Dan B

    Greatness is two numbers…31. Cooper is filling Holmes star power jersey Nicely!!

  • Frank

    Dudes a star. Announcers tried to hang that TD from Buffalo on him. Lewis blew the coverage over the top. Other than that, he is lock down. And them some.he’s worth it to pay him some now and lock down long term.

    • jman

      Hes a undrafted rookie. Cant do any new contracts first few years. Same was the case with Justin Houston. Rusell Wilson is in the same boat.

    • KCMikeG

      True that. Lewis did it last week too. Is he not sure what his responsibilities are? Play center field and blow up WR’s over the top while our CB plays the underside for the pick. Whe was the last time he blasted a WR trying to make a catch over a CB’s coverage? He’s certainly no beast in the run game either. I like the guy but he may well become a back up when Cummings gets up to speed. R&D went out of their way to keep him on the roster for a reason and now he is back. With 2 weeks to prepare for our ultimate test in pass defense. Dorsey deserves the key to the freaking city already for the talent he has brought in.

  • Danny W

    Cooper spells B-O-S-S

  • obrien5

    Anybody watching Houston dismantle Indy.Chiefs win looks pretty good right now.not to mention Cleveland, Philly,Tennessee and Dallas all won today.

    • ……ChiefsFan……

      I was thinking the same thing. I said it after the game against the Texans, Case will be their starter from here on out. He is playing phenomenal.

    • michael mckee

      No I watched indy beat Houston..

  • michael mckee

    Cooper is our best corner hands down.I don’t care if he was cut by sf as a 7th rd pick,he is our best corner…

  • T.Hagen

    You guys, my Chief brothers and sisters none of these wins don’t mean shit until we beat the Broncos. We have to win and when we do we will be on top of the World, at least I will!

    • Phillip Maxwell

      I’m not sure our first game @Broncos is as important as when they visit us two weeks later. They are a good team and it is tough for anybody to beat them there BUT, if they beat us in our house that would not be good.

  • T.Hagen

    F☆$k those donkeys

  • Jim Harper

    We are going to have a top flight defense for years to come. There is a decent spread between the newest and oldest players so we don’t get hit all at once trying to resign players. They will just continue to get better and play with unity. Amazing! This group has now tied the franchise record for the start of the season by going 9-0. KC pride is alive and well! Go Chiefs!

  • worsttofirst

    Is it really cooper or the Chiefs system and aggressive defensive style?

  • tm1946

    He is not just playing on an outstanding level, he is saving was has been a poor Draft production wise

  • oldchiefsfan

    I think there could be an argument made for Marcus Cooper to be Chiefs Rookie of the Year

  • ArrowFan

    Rookie of the year