Houston (CBS HOUSTON) – Must see TV usually involves an episode of HBO’s Game of Thrones, but this week there is another battle that will be just as can’t miss.
This Sunday there will be a battle between two of the NFL’s best players, Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins and Minnesota Vikings cornerback Xavier Rhodes.
Hopkins is one of the best pass catchers in the NFL, his body control, and one-handed grabs are rivaled by very few in the league.
Rhodes who will be tasked with covering him is one of the biggest and most physical corners in the game and has a penchant for getting into the competitions head.
But it won’t be the first time the two have meet they are actually very familiar with each other, going back to playing against each other in College.
“He’s athletic,” DeAndre Hopkins said of Rhodes, “he’s 6’2, you would think he’s a safety or a receiver, he’s very physical and he’s a ball hawker.”
Rhodes this year has done his fair share of shutting down top competition. His latest triumph was holding New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr to career low numbers of three catches for 23 yards, including a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.
Hopkins is well aware of Rhodes game and won’t be goaded or baited into anything.
“I’ve played against Xavier Rhodes since I’ve been a freshman in college,” Hopkins said, “we know each other well, I don’t think any (corner) can get under my skin and cause me to hurt my team.”
While Hopkins is coming off a game in which he was held to only one catch for four yards, Rhodes still understands that he is still one of the tougher covers out there.
“He can go up and get the ball, when he want’s the catch, the ball is his,” Xavier Rhodes said of Hopkins on Vikings.com, “when the ball is in the air you have to fight for it, he’s very smart receiver at the same time, you have to be on that guy, you have to make sure when he has the ball you have to fight for it.”
This will be the first time the two have squared off on the field since college, no doubt both will be looking to beat the other. The winner of this battle will go a long way to helping their team to a win.