On paper, the Cowboys sport one of the NFL’s best passing attacks with gun-slinging quarterback Tony Romo and All-World receiver Dez Bryant.
On paper, the Giants own one of the NFL’s worst secondaries, a unit that has been racked by injuries, ineffective play and square-peg-in-round-hole personnel.
It’s not exactly an ideal matchup for the G-Men, but you wouldn’t know it by talking with rookie safety Landon Collins.
On the eve of his first professional game — a Sunday night showdown in Dallas — Collins warned Romo: If you test me, you’re going to have a bad time.
“Tony Romo said he’s looking for key matchups,” Collins said, per the Giants’ official website. “If he’s going to look for key matchups, he’s going to pick on me. … I’m a rookie, but I mean, he comes towards my way, and he won’t be happy.”
Collins, the 33rd overall pick in this year’s draft, isn’t short on confidence or big-game experience. He was an All-American at Alabama. You might have heard of the program.
“We played in big bowl games, we played in games where it cost the most,” Collins said. “We played in games that can make or break a season. Same thing, only it’s the beginning of the season now. Not really nervous about it.”
By all accounts, Collins, despite battling a knee injury, had an impressive summer with the Giants, flashing his high football IQ and playmaking ability. But practicing against your own team and facing second- and third-team scrubs in the preseason is a far cry from what he’ll be up against when the games start counting for real.
Even if he doesn’t think so.
“I’m not going to be nervous, because it’s just a game,” he said. “It’s a big game, but it’s a game. Go out there and play my heart out.”
If Romo and Bryant pick up where they left off last season, when they hooked up for 16 touchdowns, Collins’ tune should be quite different on Monday morning.
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