Co-Defensive Player of the Game: Janoris Jenkins
Jerry Reese and the New York Giants were ridiculed for signing Janoris Jenkins to a five-year contract worth $62.5 million. Against the Dallas Cowboys, Jenkins silenced his critics and legitimately shut Dez Bryant down.
If you disagree that this performance silenced his critics, it’s likely because you believe they should’ve stopped talking long ago.
The fact that Jenkins held Bryant to one reception for 10 yards is reason enough to honor him with this distinction. Throw in the fact that Jenkins pulled down an interception and forceda fumble, and it’s clear that he had an outstanding performance.
What made Jenkins’ performance so spectacular, however, is the fact that Bryant only had one receptions on nine targets.
Prescott was looking and throwing Bryant’s way, but Jenkins wouldn’t let him get his hands around the ball. Though social media will have a field day with, “He dropped it,” memes, Jenkins actually made brilliant plays on the throws that Bryant had a chance to pull in.
Future Hall of Fame cornerback Charles Woodson kept it simple:
At 91.6, Jenkins had the highest Pro Football Focus grade of any player on either team. He earned that number.