When the New York Giants opened the 2012 season as the defending Super Bowl champions, their plan was to "build a bridge" from the prior seasons' success. Only, that's not exactly how it happened. Instead, they were victims of an embarrassing opening day loss to the Dallas Cowboys at home, in front of a packed house and on National television. Now at 5-2 and leading the NFC East, they will travel to Texas to take on Tony Romo & Co., and safety Antrel Rolle believes it's time to exact some revenge on their rivals.
"Obviously Dallas beat us the first game of the season, so we are definitely looking for get-back," Rolle said. "We’re definitely looking for some get-back at this point in time."
In addition to their desire to avenge a week one loss, Big Blue also remembers what Jerry Jones had to say before the season began, when he told legions of Cowboys fans that Dallas would "beat the Giants' asses" this year. It's something that didn't sit well with the Giants then, and something that doesn't sit well with them now.
"I remember that very well," WR Victor Cruz said. "But we've still got to play the game. We understand that. We'll be there."
Heading into familiar and comfortable territory, the Giants feel right at home in Cowboys Stadium. They haven't lost there since the circus opened up (3-0), and haven't lost in Dallas (or Arlington, as it were) since 2008. Needless to say, they're anxious to board the plane and get this game underway.
The two teams have taken drastically different paths since week one, with the Giants going 5-1 and the Cowboys going 2-3 over that time. However, NFC East game are often unpredictable and it should be no different on Sunday. It will be a hard-fought battle right until the very end.
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