Giants Vs Cowboys: Beckham Jr. Coming to Town, Morris Claiborne Awaits

    Another lock down performance on Odell Beckham Jr. could do wonders for Morris Claiborne to start off 2016. How was he so successful against one of the league's best pass catchers a year ago?

    The will once again be in town on Sunday for a meeting against the . Familiar faces from this opening match up a year ago will take the field, along with some key new players in pivotal spots.

    One pairing of players should remain the same, as Giants' star will line up against the Cowboys' talented , and more than likely .

    The battle between Claiborne and Beckham Jr. could go a long way in deciding the eventual outcome of this game, as Dallas will have to make plays defensively to slow down New York's and allow rookie QB to stay in the game.

    Both rounds of this fight went to Claiborne a season ago, as the rejuvenated and suddenly-confident corner held Beckham Jr. to 9 catches through the two games for just 79 yards.


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    A fresh face across from Beckham Jr. in the Giants' receiving group will be rookie Sterling Shepard. When drafted in the , I immediately felt that Shepard was the team's best draft pick, with the ability to step in right away and make New York's offense even more explosive.

    In watching the tape from week 1 of 2015, Claiborne was able to make Beckham uncomfortable by consistently putting himself in a great position at the top of his route. Odell thrives off of being able to burst off the line of scrimmage, and then beat his defender with quickness and agility. Claiborne met Beckham with open hips off the line, and was able to turn and run with him when needed.

    Morris also did a great job of getting his hands on Beckham to reroute him whenever necessary. With the addition of Shepard, I expect new Giants' – the team's former – to run plenty of two-man routes that rely on Shepard and Beckham Jr. working together to attack Dallas' coverage. If this is the case, it will be even more important for Claiborne to be able to get physical with Odell Beckham at the right times.

    As for slowing down the rookie Shepard himself, I expect Dallas to throw a heavy dose of his way. Scandrick should be able to run with Shepard and make things difficult for him.

    With so many variables coming into this game on both sides of the ball for the Cowboys, it is hard to solidify any for how this showdown will play out. Surprisingly, one question that Dallas may not have to struggle to answer is slowing down the Giants best offensive weapon, as Morris Claiborne will be up to the task.

    The Dallas Cowboys travel to Washington to face the Redskins in week 2, where Claiborne and the will again face a tough test from the likes of , Pierre Garcon, , and .

    The Cowboys secondary may provide the entire defense's only glimmer of hope in 2016, and it is crucial that they get off to a good start on Sunday.

    How do YOU see Morris Claiborne faring against OBJ and the Giants this weekend? Let's talk about it! Comment below to share your thoughts, or email!

    Sean Martin
    Sean Martin
    Born January 28th, 1996- Cowboys Super Bowl XXX. Point Boro Panther, Montclair State Red Hawk, and most importantly a proud member of Cowboys Nation! I host "Upon Further Review" on 90.3 WMSC FM and every Friday from 1-4 PM ET. Twitter: @SeanMartinNFL.


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