Dallas Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence had better be careful about entering Monday night’s showdown with the New York Giants on too much of a trash-talking high. After all, these are the new-look Giants. You poke them enough times, they’ll respond with a fervor the likes of which we’ve never se — hahah, just kidding.
1-7 in their last eight games against Dallas. Lawrence has said whatever he’s wanted to for years now, and has always come out on top with Eli Manning, Daniel Jones, or a third option (Mike Glennon?) planted on the turf, looking up at the Cowboys both in the moment and in the standings. Why stop now?
Lawrence’s trash talk likely would’ve occurred entering Week 3 regardless of last Sunday’s result, but Cooper Rush’s rally and the defense’s ability to hold off the Bengals long enough for Brett Maher to have the final word certainly emboldened Dallas once again.
All this to say … Lawrence doesn’t seem to see a difference between this “New Era” of the Giants and the old one, which featured a quarterback who could occasionally be dangerous, but more often than not made mistakes when faced with a fearsome pass rush.
In other words … Manning, Jones … it doesn’t really matter. The man under center Monday night still looks a lot like Eli to Lawrence.
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The 2022 season will serve as Daniel Jones’ final evaluation period, so Lawrence knows he might not get too many more cracks at bull rushing the Giants’ signal caller.
Add in the fact that the G-Men offensive line might not be a classic sieve for much longer, considering top picks Andrew Thomas and Evan Neal seem like cornerstones, and Lawrence might be putting a bow on a beloved era of the Cowboys-Giants rivalry with one more flashy showing in primetime this week.
Through two games, Lawrence has yet to record a sack, but has four solo tackles and a tackle for loss without Randy Gregory rushing by his side. Expect him to step up and make his first genuine splash of ’22 on Monday night in front of MetLife Stadium’s whiteout crowd, making Micah Parsons’ Flu Game all the more special.
Little Eli, meet Little LT.