Following the Giants’ Week 1 loss to the Cowboys, owner Jerry Jones invited everybody back to Cowboys Stadium in Week 8 to watch his ‘Boys “beat the Giants’ asses.”
Jones’ cockiness was understood … at the time. Sort of, I guess.
Dallas did play their most complete game of the season in the opener. I guess if you give them 8 or so months to prepare for one game, they really give it their all.
The ‘Boys beat the Giants, 24-17, behind a 307-yard, 3 TD effort by Tony Romo. Dallas outgained them on offense by about 160 yards, with 131 of them coming on the ground complements of DeMarco Murray. And defensively, Eli Manning was held to a pedestrian 213 yards and 1 TD.
Since then, however, these two NFC East squads have gone in completely different directions.
Dallas has traded wins and losses almost every week, and has only managed to beat Tampa Bay and Carolina. Against the upper echelon of the league — Seattle, Chicago and Baltimore — the Boys have lost by a combined 18 points.
New York, however, hit their stride Week 5 in a much-needed bounce-back performance v. Cleveland. The G-Men have since reeled off three consecutive wins, including games against San Francisco and Washington, two playoff contenders.
So, should Jones be eating his words? His Cowboys did beat Carolina last week — barely — the same team the Giants stampeded over despite not playing their best football of the season yet.
Victor Cruz said he hasn’t forgotten what the Cowboys’ owner said.
“Yeah, I remember that very well,” Cruz said Monday. “But we’ve still got to play the game. We understand that. We’ll be there.”
Antrel Rolle echoed that sentiment, adding that the loss and Jones’ comments should provide a little bit extra fuel come Sunday.
“(We are) definitely looking for some get-back.”
Should be interesting to watch on Sunday.
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