DeMarcus Lawrence, Eli Manning
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Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman DeMarcus Lawrence loves playing against New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning.

If there’s one guy in the NFC East division that likes to talk trash about Eli Manning‘s play (whether it seems like he’s being nice about it or not), it’s Cowboys defensive lineman DeMarcus Lawrence.

He always seems like he’s had something to say to the press or on social media about how he loves rushing the veteran New York Giants quarterback.

Now, Lawrence is opening his mouth again, as he gets ready to face off against Manning in the season-opener on Sept. 8.

“That’s also a blessing to my career, to be able to go against Eli (Manning) twice a year, so I’m ready for it,” Lawrence said, per Matt Lombardo of

Lawrence will have to go up against an improved Giants offensive line. Big Blue has a new right side to the front five, with Jon Halapio (back from injury) at center, Kevin Zeitler (traded for in March) at right guard, and Mike Remmers (signed in free agency) at right tackle.

In 16 games last year, Lawrence racked up 64 combined tackles, 15 tackles for loss, 23 quarterback hits, 10.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, and one fumble recovery.

Manning is entering his 16th year in the NFL, all with the Giants. However, this year is the first year he has his absolute, no-doubt successor on the roster.

Nonetheless, Manning will retain his role as the starter with rookie Daniel Jones sitting on the bench in preparation for the future.

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Ryan Honey is a staff writer and host of the Wide Right Podcast.