Broncos-Giants: Victor Cruz vs. Chris Harris Should be Great Matchup


December 2, 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos cornerback Chris Harris (25) during the first half against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Ah, it’s good to have football back.

After the Broncos’ glorious win on Thursday night against the Ravens, I’ve been able to spend all day with my family watching the greatest game in the world, being capped off by a Sunday night matchup featuring the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants.

The Giants, of course, will play host to the Denver Broncos in a week two matchup at the Meadowlands, and my interest in the game has been piqued even further upon watching this NFC East battle.

I realized that Giants slot receiver Victor Cruz, who is one of the best receivers in the NFL and not only that but one of the best slot receivers in the NFL, will be going up against Denver’s top flight slot cornerback Chris Harris.

I’m merely getting a thought off my chest here, and many of you will agree. Harris has been an unbelievable value for the Broncos since being an undrafted free agent out of Kansas in 2011, and has developed into arguably the best slot cornerback in the NFL. There was a lot of news coming out of Broncos camp this summer that Harris was giving legendary slot receiver Wes Welker all he could handle, and he followed that up with a brilliant week one performance against the Baltimore Ravens.

He has a huge task ahead of him, going up against another former undrafted free agent–New York’s Victor Cruz. This will be one of the key matchups in the NFL in week two, as Denver looks to improve to 2-0.

Harris is sure to have his hands full. At the moment I’m typing this, Cruz has three receiving touchdowns and is dominating the Cowboys’ secondary in the second half. He plays inside and outside, but he works the slot as well as any receiver in the NFL can, including ol’ Wes.

Cruz isn’t going to have an easy go of it either. He will get his, but Chris Harris isn’t often out of position, and can really frustrate opposing slot receivers.

The Giants have a couple of really good receivers outside of Cruz in Hakeem Nicks and Rueben Randle, who is having something of a breakout game here on Sunday night as well. A healthy Champ Bailey will be a welcome addition to neutralizing a team that has an infinitely better WR group (and QB) than the Baltimore Ravens.

We haven’t even reached the Monday Night Football games, and I’m already excited for week two. Bring it on!