IRVING, Texas — The rivalry between the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles just wouldn’t feel right without an explosive, trash-talking wide receiver. DeSean Jackson has filled that role leading up to the rematch in the first round of the NFC playoffs.
The Cowboys contained Jackson while sweeping the regular-season series against the Eagles, but the Pro Bowl receiver has been popping off in cyberspace.
About an hour after the Cowboys shut out the Eagles to claim the NFC East championship, setting up the rematch Saturday night at Cowboys Stadium, Jackson declared on Twitter: “we gonna sting they ass next week.”
Jackson, who has been held to five catches for 76 yards and no touchdowns in the two losses to Dallas, followed that up by scoffing at a fan’s question about the Cowboys’ success against him during a video appearance Tuesday on UStream.
“Mike Jenkins ain’t never shut me down, so y’all chill out over there,” Jackson said. “Them boys are scared of me. I’m a dual threat on that field. They be having like four people on your boy out there, but it’s all good. I probably get man coverage like 10 percent every game. But I like those odds. I’ll take that.”
Jenkins, who had watched the video of Jackson, laughed at what he heard.
“It’s just talk,” said Jenkins, a second-year cornerback whose emergence as a star was critical to the Cowboys allowing the fewest points in the NFC. “I find it quite funny, I guess. He doesn’t do as much talking on the field. I mean — computer, field? It’s not physical. I think it’s kind of funny.
“We don’t really have nothing to talk about. It’s been two games. Look at the stats. We let our stats talk. We let our game play talk.”