ARLINGTON, Texas -- Dez Bryant had bigger ideas than two catches for 43 yards against New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins, but the Dallas Cowboys wide receiver left AT&T Stadium with the most important thing: a win.
The Bryant vs. Jenkins matchup was highly anticipated after Jenkins helped limit Bryant to one catch in each of their meetings last season, both Cowboys losses. Speaking to 105.3 The Fan in Dallas, Jenkins said Bryant’s routes were predictable and that “everything's got to be a double move to get him open because he's not fast."
Leading up to the game, Bryant did not get into what happened last year against Jenkins. Coming off his first full offseason program and training camp since 2014 when he led the NFL in touchdown catches, Bryant entered Sunday as healthy as he's been in years.
Jenkins followed Bryant on the field, except in the slot. It didn’t take long for the two to get engaged in some extracurricular activities either. But the matchup didn’t reach Bryant vs. Josh Norman status.
"I'm not trying to look too far ahead, but I'm looking forward to playing him again," Bryant said. "I felt like he got lucky tonight. He caught some big breaks, and that's how it goes. We got the W."
On the Cowboys’ first drive, Bryant was targeted three straight times once the Cowboys got to the New York 3. On first down, Jenkins was able to break up a fade to Bryant as they came to the ground. On second down, Dak Prescott's slant pass was off. On third down, Prescott’s pass was a little high and a little hot, forcing the Cowboys to settle for a field goal.
On the second drive of the first quarter, Bryant caught an 8-yard slant. In the second quarter, a pass interference penalty on Jenkins set up Jason Witten's touchdown. In the third quarter, Bryant had a 35-yard catch in which he broke free from Jenkins.
Bryant was targeted nine times in the game.
"I love going against the guy because he's a good guy," Bryant said, "but he caught some breaks tonight."
What were those breaks?
“You just got to go watch the film,” Bryant said. "Yeah, just go watch the film," Bryant said. "You'll see. I made him fall once. That was a touchdown. Just watch. You'll see."
The rematch comes Dec. 10 at MetLife Stadium.