No one needs to tell DeAngelo Hall how large a task awaits him this Sunday as the Redskins resume play following their bye. The cornerback already knows that in all likelihood he will frequently find himself matched up with explosive Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant.

Having faced Tony Romo and the Cowboys twice a year for the past five seasons Hall has good familiarity with the quarterback his tendencies and those of his offense. Bryant and Hall have faced off five times in the young but talented receiver’s previous three seasons with Hall’s Redskins going 3-2 in those matchups.

Hall has had some of his best games against the Cowboys but Bryant has made some plays as well.

In last year’s Thanksgiving Day contest Hall recorded three tackles two pass breakups and an interception against the Cowboys. He and his teammates limited Bryant to moderate success — seven catches for 60 yards — until surrendering an 85-yard touchdown. Hall still chalked the outing up as a win because the Redskins prevailed 38-31. (That big-play touchdown also came with Hall covering another receiver and Hall also says he and his teammates could only tip their caps to the Cowboys on that play on which Romo broke the pocket avoiding a would-be sack and bought Bryant a little extra time to create separation on the crossing route and made the catch.)

In their next meeting Hall found himself matched up with Bryant almost exclusively and limited the receiver to four catches for 71 yards and no touchdowns as Washington won 28-18 to lock up the division title.

Hall is well aware that Bryant has gotten off to a strong start this season. His six touchdown catches rank second in the NFL and his 423 receiving yards on 46 catches rank 10th. Having just closely watched as Bryant recorded six catches for 141 yards and two touchdowns in a 51-48 loss to Denver Hall knows he has his work cut out for him.

But he looks forward to the challenge.

“It’s going to be a hell of a football game” he said on Monday. “Any time you have a chance to go against somebody that you feel is one of the best you’re going to try to rise to the occasion. That’s in anything you do. That’s just the competitiveness in all of us. … Any time you have a guy like that who I feel like is a hell of a football player and he’s obviously one of the best in the game so you definitely want to bring it.”

These big matchups seem to bring out the best in Hall. Already this season he did well against Detroit’s Calvin Johnson recording an interception returned for a touchdown two pass breakups and no touchdowns allowed when matched up against Johnson.

Hall will again find himself at a significant size disadvantage. The 6-foot-2 222-pound Bryant dwarfs the 5-10 193-pound cornerback. But Hall said there are no real secrets to limiting Bryant. The main keys to success are bringing a diverse bag of coverage schemes and techniques.

“As a coordinator as a player you try to do a lot of things” Hall said before going with a basketball analogy. “You try to give him a hard foul try to hit him you try to do things to change the look. You can’t just sit back there and play a zone you can’t just sit back and play man.”

A relentless motor also is necessary Hall said.

“Just compete. Compete try to play the whole down” Hall explained. “The little bit of success he had down there [last season] was just a scramble play. He makes a lot of plays when Tony just extends the pocket extends the play. That’s kind of where [Bryant] makes the majority of his big plays so you’re always trying to stay in front of him always trying to finish the down. Until the whistle blows Tony’s not down. … That’s pretty much it. There’s really no mind tricks no talking [trash] back and forth. It’s just going out and compete. Does that occur during the course of the game? Of course. That’s part of the competition that we bring. But we’re not out there trying to get into a guy’s head so he’ll drop a ball. Ultimately you have to knock it out or he’s going to catch it. That’s just kind of how it goes.