New York Giants’ Key Matchup: Prince Amukamara vs. Dez Bryant
At one point it seemed as if the New York Giants‘ secondary had been gutted by injuries. Stevie Brown went down in the preseason, Corey Webster fell next and Aaron Ross soon followed. Fortunately for the Giants, younger players have stepped up and now the secondary is one of the team’s greatest strengths.
In just his third year, Prince Amukamara has developed into New York’s No. 1 cornerback. And will face his toughest matchup when he lines up across from Dez Bryant on Sunday as the Giants host the Dallas Cowboys.
Bryant is quickly becoming one of the NFL‘s most lethal receivers. In 2013, he has compiled 52 receptions, 749 receiving yards and eight touchdowns. At six-foot-two and 222 pounds, Bryant consistently proves to be a matchup problem for defenses. His speed and explosiveness makes him a tough cover for any corner in the league.
The Giants held Bryant to just four catches for 22 yards in the season opener, but failed to put the clamps on the rest of the receiving corps for Dallas. Miles Austin, Jason Witten and DeMarco Murray all finished with eight receptions or more.
With all the threats along the Cowboys’ offense, the Giants may be forced into one-on-one matchups. If Amukamara is left on an island with Bryant, he will need to be at the top of his game. New York cannot afford to let Bryant run wild in the secondary as this game continues to look like a must-win for the G-Men.
Dallas’ offense will be New York’s biggest challenge in several weeks. The Big Blue defense has Sunday, and Sunday alone, to show that they are for real.
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