Sunday, November 8th, 2015


“It’s a game that has historic bad blood.” – Malcolm Jenkins on Eagles-Cowboys Rivalry

Football Night In America to Analyze Dallas Cowboys Offense

STAMFORD, Conn. – November 8, 2015 – Tonight’s Week 9 edition of NBC’s Football Night In America, the most-watched weekly studio show in sports, features an exclusive interview with Bob Costas and Philadelphia Eagles S Malcolm Jenkins, as well as an analysis of the Dallas Cowboys offense, which has been without starting QB Tony Romo since Week 2 this season. Football Night will also preview NBC’s Sunday Night Football matchup between the Eagles and Cowboys, and include highlights, analysis and reaction to earlier Week 9 games.

Football Night airs each Sunday at 7 p.m. ET on NBC, with Costas hosting the program live from inside the stadium. He will be joined on site by Sunday Night Football analyst Cris Collinsworth, sideline reporter Michele Tafoya, and NBC NFL analyst Hines Ward.

Dan Patrick co-hosts Football Night from NBC Sports Group’s Studio 1 in Stamford, Conn., and is joined by Super Bowl-winning head coach Tony Dungy; two-time Super Bowl winner Rodney HarrisonMike Florio of ProFootballTalk on and NBCSN, and NFL insider Peter KingPaul Burmeister will report from Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind., on the Broncos-Colts game.

INTERVIEW: Below are excerpts from Costas’ interview with Jenkins. If used, please note the mandatory credit: “In an exclusive interview airing tonight on Football Night in America.”


Jenkins on his altercation last season with Cowboys WR Dez Bryant: “I can only speak from my perspective. I’ve got a lot of respect for him. Whatever happened in that first game (between the Eagles and Cowboys last season) that he was upset about, it spilled over into the next game. I’m never one to back down from a challenge.”

Costas: “So he initiated it?”

Jenkins: “Yeah, pretty much. I didn’t back down either, but I enjoy that. We talk about the Eagles and Cowboys. It’s a game that has historic bad blood, and I don’t mind being a part of that rivalry. I love to compete, and he’s one of the best receivers in the league. These games are my opportunity to really put my helmet out there and see where I stand.”

Jenkins on his stylish outfits on gamedays: “Chip Kelly is more of a casual traveler, so I usually save my outfits for the day of the game. I think Deion (Sanders) said it, ‘you look good, you play good.’ As I prepare for a game, I definitely want to make sure I look good. It just puts me in the right frame of mind.”

Jenkins on the team’s renewed focus after their bye week: “We came back off of the bye, pretty much a whole week off, and you could see that the edge to certain people was a lot stronger than it usually is. I think some of the leaders started to show their colors, and really challenge some guys. The energy was really strong. You really don’t know until you step into a game. Practice is one thing, but we’ll see Sunday night. That’s the way to come off a bye. Get right into the limelight, the whole nation is watching, it’s a divisional game. You talk about fires being lit – you can’t hide in these types of games.”