Week 12 of the NFL season is upon us, and it’s the time of season where rivalry games have major playoff implications. This week’s Giants—Cowboys matchup is certainly no exception. While the Giants appear destined for another idle January, this game is critical to the playoff hopes of Dallas.
As is often the case in football, games often come down to certain key matchups within the game. In this contest, one matchup to key-in on will take place on the outside, between Dez Bryant and Dominique Rodgers Cromartie.
Rodgers-Cromartie was brought into New York for these types of moments. The first year of his 5 year/ $39 million dollar deal, signed this past offseason, has been marred by a series of lower body injuries. It’s been a frustrating year for the new cornerback, who’s had to rest intermittently during games in order to remain effective.
“It’s one of those thing you’ve just got to play through, rest a little bit, take a few plays off in practice,” noted Rogers-Cromartie.
That being said, Rodgers-Cromartie is chomping at the bit over a showdown with Bryant.
“The guys they’ve got coming in, it’s going to be a tough challenge for us especially not having everybody,” Rodgers-Cromartie commented.
It is also well-documented that Bryant is quite the colorful character on the gridiron. Known for his high-octane personality and animated antics, Bryant looks to get inside the head of his opponents. Rodgers-Cromartie knows he needs to keep a delicate balance.
“When you’ve got a dude of that caliber and he’s got that dog in him, you’ve got to have kind of a nasty attitude going against him,” noted Rogers-Cromartie.“I don’t know but it’s definitely going to be a fun game.”
But Rodgers-Cromartie is also not looking to get embarrassed on Sunday.
“Any time for a corner you get called on like that and they get up and do their little dances it’s not a good feeling,” noted the Giants CB.
Bryant is sure to be quite the handful for the gimpy Giants secondary. Prior to the bye this past week, Bryant erupted in London against the Jaguars for 158 yards and two touchdowns. But in the two weeks preceding that game he only amounted 5 catches for 45 yards, so the task of slowing him is certainly possible.
The Redskins rookie cornerback Bashaud Breeland was able to play physical with Bryant en route to a major upset 3 weeks ago in Dallas, and it may be the blueprint needed to slow down the All-Pro receiver. Whatever the outcome of the game, the marquee matchup on the outside should make for a very intriguing story line throughout.