Like any good brother, New York Giants tight end Martellus Bennett isn't exactly thrilled at the prospect of going head-to-head with his older sibling this Sunday when Big Blue takes on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. But the NFL has a way of throwing mental and physical roadblocks at athletes, which only the best are able to overcome. Accordingly, each Bennett brother, both Michael and Martellus, are prepared to face each other on the gridiron. Again.
“This week, I’ve already told him that, ‘Hey, we’ve got to suck it up and go at each other,’ ” Martellus said. “It’ll be fun, and we’ll just see who comes out on top. If I win, he’s got to buy me something nice. And if he wins, vice versa.”
In their last meeting, while Martellus was still with the Dallas Cowboys, he swapped blocking assignments with Jason Witten so he didn't have to face his brother – fearing one may injury the other. He will not be afforded that same luxury this weekend, and the two will have no choice but t do battle.
“It’s probably frustrating to be the defending champions and to lose,” Michael Bennett said. “They want to come back and play strong like any other team would. It should be a hard-fought game. [Martellus] had a big game, and he’s very focused on the season. It should be a good game.”
Another thing Martellus will certainly not do on Sunday is cheer his brother in the event he gets a sack. He's done that once before when Michael brought down Tony Romo, but at 0-1 and facing a disastrous start, being excited over the sack of his own teammate, two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning, is not likely in the cards. It was fun once, but that time has come and gone.
“I was on the sidelines and I was like, ‘Yeah! Good sack! Good sack!’” Martellus recalled. “Then I turned around [and yelled] ‘Somebody block that MF-er, man, what y’all doing out there?!’ ”
In 35 career games, Michael has seven sacks, including one last week against the Carolina Panthers. It will be part of Martellus' job to ensure he doesn't get number eight on Sunday.
Photo Credit: Mike Gannon
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