Eli Manning, two-time Super Bowl MVP, could be in a world of hurt if Greg Hardy is successful in his menacing plan when the New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys come to blows this Sunday.
Hardy makes no bones about it, as he plans to hurt the Giants’ legendary quarterback. “Hit him (Manning) in the mouth,” the Dallas Cowboys defensive end said Wednesday, when asked how the Cowboys were planning to stop the Giants’ rampant offense. “The best thing for any team is to make the quarterback feel pain. You’ve got to be respectful of the rules of the game, and obviously you don’t want to hurt anybody. But to make him feel you is to bring his eyes down. You don’t want a good quarterback like Eli Manning looking down the field. Ever. Ever, ever, ever.”
Hardy, widely regarded as the most notorious player in the NFL, sacked Tom Brady twice during his debut game with the Cowboys on October 11 which the New England Patriots eventually won 30-6. It was his first game in a Dallas uniform after serving a four-game suspension for the domestic violence charges that sidelined him for 15 games last season while with the Carolina Panthers.
On Wednesday, Hardy’s strong words traveled quickly to the Giants locker room. “I think every D-line’s goal is that. He just comes out and says it,” said Giants left guard Justin Pugh. “We know what our job is. We know what we’ve got to go out there and do: protect the quarterback, give him time to throw, and open up lanes for the running backs.”
The Cowboys (2-3) go into Sunday’s clash on the back of three consecutive losses. The Patriots (5-0) enter the game with a flawless record. Will the Cowboys hand them their first loss of the season?