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Anthony Henry and Aaron Glenn get props

K.C. Joyner says the two most underrated cornerbacks in the league are Anthony Henry and Aaron Glenn.


1. Anthony Henry, Dallas Cowboys -- Henry's reputation suffers from being lined up opposite Terence Newman, but his metrics are actually better than Newman's (6.5 yards per attempt for Henry versus 7.8 for Newman). Henry's metrics are even more impressive when you realize he is targeted nearly twice as often as Newman (75 pass attempts thrown at Henry to 44 for Newman).

Opposing teams have been testing Henry on deep passes of late, throwing 12 deep balls at him in the past five games, but he has allowed only four successful plays out of those 12 (two completions and two pass interference penalties).

2. Aaron Glenn, Dallas Cowboys -- Glenn is the Cowboys' nickel back, so he doesn't have as many passes thrown to him as Henry or Newman, but his 5.3 YPA indicates he might be the best nickel back in the league. Bill Parcells says he has so much faith in Glenn he believes there would be no drop-off if Glenn had to fill in for either Henry or Newman.

Lenny P. hits it on the head with the N.Y. Giants.

On Nov. 12, the Giants were 6-2 and facing the Chicago Bears at home for a game that was supposed to define NFC supremacy. Three weeks later -- after a second-half collapse against the Bears, an uninspiring effort in a loss at Jacksonville, and the unthinkable meltdown at Tennessee last Sunday -- hardly anyone appears conscious of the fact that a victory over the visiting Dallas Cowboys on Sunday afternoon nudges the Giants back into first place in the NFC East.

Least cognizant of that, it seems, are the Giants themselves.

No doubt, let's hope they don't figure it out by the weekend. Keep on squabbling, Giants. BTW, the Lenny P. article is a long one, check it out. likes Tom Landry and Roger Staubach as the #7 coach/QB tandem of all time.

7. Tom Landry and Roger Staubach -- The Cowboys' coach/quarterback tandem produced four Super Bowl appearances in the eight-year span of 1971-78, with a pair of rings to show for it. In our book, that stretch of sustained excellence outweighs any claim that might be made on behalf of Jimmy Johnson and Troy Aikman, whose five-year relationship produced back-to-back Super Bowl titles for Dallas in 1992-93. Staubach defined the description of a clutch performer in the 1970s, and his entertaining, scrambling style of play made the Cowboys the most popular team of the decade.

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