It’s something about the Eagles that brings out the best in Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant.
Yes, some of it has to do with the pre-game scuffle he had with Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins in 2014. While both players have moved past the incident, it remains a motivating factor for Bryant.
So there was no way Bryant was going to miss Sunday’s game against the Eagles after sitting out the previous three games with a hairline fracture in his right knee.
And there was nothing the Eagles could to do stop him from going off.
Bryant had four catches for 113 yards, including a 22-yard game-tying touchdown pass in the fourth quarter of the Cowboys’ 29-23 overtime victory Sunday night at AT&T Stadium.
For his career, Bryant has 53 catches for 883 yards and 10 touchdowns in 10 games against the Eagles.
In the three games since the incident, he has 15 catches for 331 yards and five touchdowns, including Sunday.
Bryant missed both matchups last year because of injuries.
“I think it was the Malcolm Jenkins incident,” Bryant said of his big games against the Eagles. “He busted my lip two years ago. It bothered me. In my mind it’s over with, but when I see them it’s (on). But it’s all good. I don’t have no problem. No beef with any of them. But it’s a division game. You know they are going to come with it. So you got to come with it. Or they are going to bully you.”
There was no bullying Bryant on Sunday night.
He was ready for his return and ready for the Eagles well before the start of the game. He even got extra fluids to prevent dehydration.
“I got to the stadium pretty early,” Bryant said. “Probably 30, 45 minutes early. I got one I.V. I don’t know if I needed it or not. No I needed it. But I’m extremely excited. Excited.”