Dallas Cowboys: One Player on Each Team in the NFC Who Cowboys Hate to See
The Dallas Cowboys are getting geared up for the NFL Draft and are ready to have a nice 2012 season. There are a few players, though, who are always trying to get in their way.
These are some of the players who have been giving the Cowboys fits over the past few years, and who Jason Garrett and company loathe to see.
New York Giants
Eli Manning, Quarterback
There may be no player who has had an impact against the Cowboys as much as Eli Manning has.
Over the last three seasons alone, with the Giants playing the Cowboys twice a year, Manning has averaged 665 passing yards and five touchdowns a year versus the Cowboys. That includes his 5-1 record against the 'Boys during that time frame.
The reason the Cowboys hate to see Manning the most? He has yet to lose a game in the football sanctuary that is Cowboys Stadium, including opening it up with a loss back in 2009.
Michael Vick, Quarterback
Vick has made his mark on many different teams in the NFL, and the Cowboys are no exception. He has been one of the Cowboys' worst nightmares as of late.
During the past two seasons, Vick and the Eagles together are 3-0 against the Cowboys, with 842 yards passing, six touchdowns and only two interceptions.
It's easy to tell who has been the class of the NFC East under center over the past few seasons, and it is not Tony Romo.
Santana Moss, Wide Receiver
There is a reason Santana Moss has been dubbed "The Cowboy Killer" before, as he is one of the best players the Cowboys have seen in division play in recent memory.
Over the past four seasons, Moss has never caught less than five passes a game against the 'Boys, and the Redskins end up winning a lot of those games even when Dallas is favored.
If there is one player who has played at a consistently higher level against the Cowboys than anyone else, it would be Moss for the Redskins.
Julius Peppers, Defensive End
Peppers and the Cowboys don't have a long history, but nothing can instill fear in the minds of offensive linemen (or the occasional running back) more than a 6'7" defensive end.
I hope Tyron Smith and the rest of the Cowboys offensive linemen are ready when Peppers makes a trip to Cowboys Stadium this fall.
Calvin Johnson, Wide Receiver
Johnson has stated his case as one of the best receivers in the league (if not the best). He never made a better case than making acrobatic grabs all afternoon, with eight catches for 96 yards and two touchdowns.
He has three touchdowns in three career games against the Boys.
It is safe to say Johnson and the Lions are not wanted by any Cowboys fans to come back anytime soon.
Green Bay Packers
Aaron Rodgers, Quarterback
Rodgers hasn't spent a long time as the Packers starter and therefore doesn't have much history against Dallas, but he has made his case as a player hated by Cowboys fans in a small amount of time.
His most notable moment might be pummeling the Cowboys 45-7 back in 2010, when Rodgers threw for 289 yards and three touchdowns.
That loss was the final straw in the Wade Phillips era as the Cowboys coach, and he was fired shortly after in favor of Jason Garrett.
EJ Henderson, Linebacker
The easy choice might have been Jared Allen, but Henderson has made his case as a player the Cowboys would rather not see.
Last time the Vikings and Cowboys met, in 2010, Henderson had nine tackles along with two interceptions in an early season victory.
You know he still sits in the back of Tony Romo's mind.
Roddy White, Wide Receiver
Its safe to say that the most damning position for the Cowboys has been in the passing game, and Roddy White is no exception to that rule.
The Falcons and Cowboys haven't seen each other too much as of late, but the last time they met he came down with six catches, including one for a touchdown.
Jeremy Shockey, Tight End
Shockey became hated by Cowboys fans during his days with the New York Giants. Shockey was definitely at his peak in terms of athletic ability, and had some of the best games of his career against the Cowboys.
Expect Shockey to come out and have a great game when the 'Boys visit the Panthers this coming fall. You may have to pick him up in a fantasy football league for that week.
New Orleans Saints
Will Smith, Defensive End
The obvious choice may be Drew Brees, but Smith has had his way with the Cowboys for as long as he has been in the league.
In four career games against the Cowboys, Smith has gotten to the quarterback for a sack six times.
Every time he plays against Dallas, Smith is a man on a mission to prove he is still one of the best defensive ends in the league.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Kellen Winslow, Tight End
Winslow hasn't seen much action against the Cowboys, but there is not another player on the Bucs' roster with better stats against the team.
If anyone on the Bucs' roster can instill fear, it is Winslow.
St. Louis Rams
Steven Jackson, Running Back
There are not too many running backs who can torch the Cowboys quite like Jackson can. Back in 2008, the Rams were having a terrible season, but managed to squeeze out a win against Dallas when Jackson ran for 160 yards and three touchdowns.
Statistically, Jackson is one of the better running backs to face the Cowboys in recent memory.
San Francisco 49ers
NaVorro Bowman, Linebacker
Bowman is one of the best young tacklers in the league, and had a great game against the Cowboys at the beginning of the 2011 season.
He had 11 tackles in a wild game against the 'Boys (Dallas prevailed in the end) but cemented himself as one of the better defensive players around. Patrick Willis and Bowman may be the best linebacker tandem in the league.
Sidney Rice, Wide Receiver
When he is healthy and has someone to throw him the ball, Rice is unstoppable. Especially against the Cowboys.
His most memorable moment was in the Divisional round of the 2009 playoffs, when Brett Favre and Rice connected for three touchdowns and trumped the Cowboys. He also had 141 yards receiving in that game.