Thursday, December 8, 2011
Five-star: Victor Cruz better than Steve Smith
By Tim MacMahon
Five-star question: Will Victor Cruz be the fourth consecutive receiver to have a 100-yard game against the Cowboys' secondary or will another Giants' receiver do it?
Mike Jenkins, the Cowboys’ best cornerbacks, expects to spend most of Sunday night battling with Hakeem Nicks. That means Victor Cruz will have be matched up against Terence Newman or Orlando Scandrick.
Those aren’t good matchups for the Cowboys.
If Arizona’s Andre Roberts catches six passes for 111 yards against Newman/Scandrick, there’s little reason to doubt that Cruz will crack triple digits.
Cruz has three consecutive 100-yard games and five this season, when the undrafted free agent has emerged like Miles Austin did for the Cowboys in 2009. He’s also had games of 99, 98 and 91 yards.
Newman is susceptible to giving up big plays because of his tendency to bite on underneath routes, making double-moves against him especially dangerous. Cruz has become an elite big-play threat. His 17 receptions of 20-plus yards tie him with Detroit’s Calvin Johnson for fourth in the league in that category.
Former Giants slot receiver Steve Smith used to torment Scandrick, who might still have nightmares about the Cowboys Stadium opener. Unfortunately for Scandrick, the Giants managed to upgrade when they let Smith go this summer.