Smack talk and heated rivalries go together like peanut butter and jelly, so it’s not surprising that there’s a bit of tension this offseason between the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants.
Cowboys’ super-sophomore quarterback Dak Prescott threw a jab at the entire NFC East recently, including the Giants, by stating that Dallas will win the NFC East once again. This happened on the ESPYs Red Carpet, but it didn’t make the statement feel any less icy towards the Giants, Eagles, and Redskins.
We’re the Cowboys. We’re gonna win the NFC East,” Prescott said.
That was a bold statement by the young quarterback but considering his talent and how good the Cowboys can be in 2017, it wasn’t unfounded.
Still, it could have been easy for of Prescott’s heated rivals to have a major objection to his statements, and recently speaking on Good Morning Football, Giants’ wideout and former Cowboy Dwayne Harris had his chance to take a shot back at Dallas.
Instead, though, he diffused the situation.
“You know, I let people think what they want to think. They, on paper, they probably look better than us right now,” Harris told the GMFB crew. “But we always match up good with them, so we’ll see.”
To Harris’ point, the Giants beat Dallas twice last season, this despite the fact that the Cowboys ended up winning the top seed in the NFC. New York beat Dallas, 20-19, in Week 1 and then beat them again, 10-7, in December. Both games were incredibly close, as rivalry games tend to be, and they could have gone either way. The fact of the matter is that the Giants won both games, though, and heading into 2017 they could very well sweep Dallas again.
Harris, who was drafted in the sixth round of the 2011 NFL Draft, played four seasons in Dallas before joining the Giants. According to what he told GMFB, he obviously enjoyed his time in Dallas and likely doesn’t wish the Cowboys any ill will. Of course, you know he wants to go 2-0 against the Cowboys again, though, and he definitely wants the Giants to win the NFC East in 2017.
“For us, it’s always going to be a close game for some reason. So I don’t know. We just always seem to come out on top. It’s always a great game. I love playing against Dallas, I got a lot of friends over there. Just going out to Jerry World and playing over there, man, it’s always amazing. I just love it.”
Dallas and New York square off for the first time in 2017 the first week of the season. The game will be played in New York, and it will undoubtedly be a close one.