By Ross Jones, FOXSports.com
Washington Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall is aware of what’s at stake Sunday night when they play the Dallas Cowboys. He understands he’ll be covering an ascending superstar in Dez Bryant and let fans know what they’re in store for.
“It’s going to be a hell of a football game,” Hall said via the Washington Post. “Any time you have a chance to go against somebody that you feel is one of the best, you’re going to try to rise to the occasion. That’s in anything you do. That’s just the competitiveness in all of us … Any time you have a guy like that, who I feel like is a hell of a football player, and he’s obviously one of the best in the game, so you definitely want to bring it.”
Bryant, who ranks first in the NFC in receiving touchdowns alongside Saints tight end Jimmy Graham, has proven to be Tony Romo’s favorite target this season.
Washington is coming off a bye and the veteran cornerback spent some of his off time watching Week 5′s headline matchup between the Cowboys and Broncos.
“You just try to play the whole down,” Hall said. “I was so frustrated watching [Denver cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie], and we were talking about it as a group, man. I felt like he was in good position a couple times, but just kind of, not knowing that Dallas offense, he kind of eased up for one second.
“You ease up for one second, and it can be 60 or 70 or 80 yards later, and that’s what happened a couple times to Denver’s secondary.”
Hall, who is playing in his 10th season, turns the ripe old age of 30 in November. He understands his hands will be full with Bryant as he’s gone up against him in the past three seasons.
The Redskins secondary got exposed at a record pace early in the season, but a Week 4 date with Matt Flynn and the Raiders offered some encouraging signs.
The Redskins look to pick up where they left off against the Cowboys’ high-powered offense.