The Cowboys face the Broncos this week in a game that pretty much everyone expects Denver to win. This has more to do with the Broncos playing some of the best football we've ever seen than any Cowboys shortcomings, perceived or otherwise.
Whatever, Dallas defensive tackle Jason Hatcher isn't cowering in the corner at the prospects of facing Peyton Manning.
“Don't think for one minute we're scared,” Hatcher said, via the Dallas Morning News. “We ain't scared of nobody. I don't really care who it is. They're going to make plays. Any team can make plays against you. We just have to play 60 minutes of football, very sound football against a great quarterback.
“We have respect for him, but at the end of the day, they got to have respect for us as well. We're not a pushover team at all. We're definitely ready to play.”
Yes, we know what you're thinking: "What's Hatcher supposed to say?"
Look, we have no problem with his response because 1) we're guessing somebody put that question to him, and 2) it's the NFL; any team (well, other than the Jaguars), any given Sunday.
Even against a quarterback who has 16 touchdowns, no interceptions, a 138.0 passer rating, a roster full of big-play receivers, and an offense that averages 44.8 points and 483 yards per game.
“He can be beat,” Hatcher continued. “But at the same time, you have to respect a guy like that. He's probably one of the best. When he leaves this game, he'll be the greatest who ever did it, so of course you respect him.
“You see what he does week in and week out. We have our work cut out for us. We're excited about the challenge. I know I am. I enjoy playing against a guy like that.”
Cowboys defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin was a tad more reserved than Hatcher. On Monday, he was asked about facing the Broncos after getting torched by Philip Rivers (401 passing yards, completed 83 percent of his passes) and the Chargers.
"That's not good," Kiffin said, via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
“Last time I checked, the quarterback ratings came out this week [and] number one was Manning," he continued. "Guess who number two was? Rivers. We told our team that. We knew this was going to be a tough game. No doubt about it. He's a heck of a quarterback. He's playing better right now than back when he played three or four years ago."
You can say the same thing about Manning, too.