Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant said Janoris Jenkins “got lucky” in regular season opener

Sep 10, 2017; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) cannot catch a pass against New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins (20) in the first quarter at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant was feeling himself after the Cowboys’ 19-3 win over the New York Giants.

His matchup with Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins was highly anticipated after Jackrabbit shut down Bryant in both Giants/Cowboys games in 2016. On Sunday, Bryant had two receptions for 43 yards, a slight improvement from the two receptions for 18 yards in both Giants/Cowboys games last season.

After Sunday’s game, Bryant said Jenkins got lucky that he wasn’t burned for big plays.

“I’m not trying to look too far ahead, but I’m looking forward to playing him again,” Bryant said to reporters after the game. “I felt like he got lucky tonight. He caught some big breaks and that’s how it goes.”

Bryant didn’t elaborate on which plays Jenkins allegedly got lucky on.

“He just caught breaks,” Bryant said. “You just got to go watch the film.”

Bryant and Jenkins were at each other early in the game, jawing at each other between plays but never allowing it to escalate into anything physical. Bryant appeared to have beaten Jenkins in the red zone during the first half but the pass was thrown over his head.

“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 Giants cornerbacks didn’t shut down Bryant like they did in both games last season, but they did a pretty good job of making him a non-factor. Bryant’s biggest play was a 35-yard reception that appeared to be on Jenkins but the Giants were in zone coverage.

Jenkins was called for a questionable 21-yard pass interference penalty that left even NBC Sunday Night Football’s Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth scratching their heads. He refused to comment on his matchup with Bryant (or anything else) after the game.

The Cowboys make their annual trip to MetLife Stadium on Dec. 10 (Week 14).

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