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New York Giants’ Antrel Rolle Says Team is Looking for Some “Get-Back” Against Dallas Cowboys

October 23rd, 2012 at 8:30 AM
By Dan Benton

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.

"No question [we're looking forward to this game]." Ahmad Bradshaw said. "We have fun in Dallas Stadium."

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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22 Responses to “New York Giants’ Antrel Rolle Says Team is Looking for Some “Get-Back” Against Dallas Cowboys”

  1.  JimStoll says:

    talking already?
    after a week of gabbing before nearly laying a bomb against the skins and a rookie QB, the giants ought to quit their yapping and just get crackin’ for a Dallas team that desperately needs this win
    we’ve beaten them inn their house every time we’ve played them since Jerruh-ville opened in ’09; you just know they’ll be looking to reverse that trend
    Spencer is back for this one, and Witten is healthy
    the Giants will be in for a dog-fight
    so please Big Blue, stop with the bravado and just get ready

  2.  jfunk says:

    I want me some glory hole!

  3.  fanfor55years says:

    I’d feel a LOT better about this coming game if Kenny Phillips were able to play, because he takes away the real threat of Bryant or Austin over the top on a Romo scramble. But if Sean Lee isn’t playing then that’s advantage Bennett and we may see this guy REALLY get his revenge against the Cowboys on Sunday.

    And yeah, Spencer is back and Witten is healthy (and the latter will catch a lot of passes on Sunday against Blackburn), but Nicks will be far healthier than he was in Week 1 and that gives us a lethal receiving corps now that Eli is in sync with Bennett so will have Nicks, Cruz, Hixon and Bennett as targets, every one of whom can beat the Cowboys’ coverage.

    I will say that I feel that the Giants should win this game rather comfortably because I just don’t believe in the Cowboys even when they have Lee and DeMarco Murray on the field, and really don’t think they can beat us with all quick throws like they did in Week 1 when they got us with an unhealthy Nicks and without Chris Canty and before Eli and the receivers were working well with each other. Everything had to go right for Dallas on opening day (great game plan, Giants’ depth guys having to play in the defensive backfield, Canty missing and Bernard being asked to play way too many snaps, Cruz’s drops, etc. etc.) to win. I don’t think that happens again, and the superior team (definitely the Giants) should win.

    If this weren’t an away game against a desperate opponent in the division that knows it HAS to win or it’s playoff chances vastly diminish I would be supremely confident. But we are playing a cornered, and wounded, animal, and they can be very dangerous. We’ll see, but right now I like the Giants by at least 10 points.

    •  JimStoll says:

      hope you are right
      games against dallas always seem to go down to the wire
      DWare always scares and Beaty had a rough week against Washington. althougbn Eli was only sacked once, the blind side pressure was constant.

  4.  TuckThis says:

    Here’s what I’ve learned so far this season……many of my fellow posters pump up their chests and give us all the details of how the Giants win and who will be the star of the show. But football being football, things don’t play out as planned. So I will patiently wait for everyone to tell me why the Giants are sure to win …or how close the game will be with a caveat, of course for why they might be wrong. And then I’ll watch the game unfold on Sunday never resembling the predictions. Life in the NFL. lol!

    •  fanfor55years says:

      Of course you’re right. Games almost never go as anyone assumes they will. That’s why “reality television” is a pale imitation of any Sunday in the NFL.

      But one thing I know is this: a big part of the Cowboys’ game plan is going to be working the middle of the field to Witten (after all, the film will show that Blackburn isn’t doing a great job in the middle zone) on quick releases and a number of middle crossing routes intended to take advantage of the fact that Webster seems to be conceding the inside routes to every receiver he’s covering so far this season. And of course they will have to bring the house at Eli because they know their defensive backfield cannot cope with our receivers (assuming they don’t get away with 1970′s technique again as they did in Week 1).

      If we counteract those things our chances become VERY good.

      I’m the guy who kept saying the game against the Skins worried me and would be a squeaker. I have a feeling this coming game is going to leave the crowd in Dallas and the fellow in the owner’s box quite glum.

  5.  kinsho says:

    GOAT56 says:
    October 22, 2012 at 5:19 PM
    kinsho – What game left isn’t ours to lose? @Bmore? Maybe when they were healthy. @ATL? Yes in some senses I guess we will be slight underdogs but is anyone really scared of ATL? We have a lot of games we could lose if we play like yesterday but no games any fan should think we don’t have a better than 50-50 shot of winning assuming health.

    Now we do have to play better than yesterday but as we all know every Sunday you don’t have your A game. So that makes 2 games we won making several huge mistakes with Was and TB. That’s a good sign. We only lost to Dal when we were outplayed and to Philly when they just played a cleaner game than us. Winning vs Dal will make this a great first half everything considered with the team headed on a roll towards a 2008 type of streak of wins. I think it is important that since week 1 we have defended our home turf. We have many tough games the second half and need to use the home crowd to our advantage.

    As Norm pointed out beating Dal is the difference between taking real control of the division and ending up in a battle like last year. While a win wouldn’t end the division in would give us slip up room.

    •  kinsho says:

      It was just my way of saying that the Cowboys game should be a game we win without any questions. We’re flat out better than them in almost every dimension, especially with DeMarco Murray and Sean Lee out.

      There are other games that will be a challenge for sure. The Green Bay game will be a tough one, as will the Baltimore one, even if they’re hobbled at defense. We’re still playing in Baltimore, where they almost never lose. The Atlanta game will be a challenge as well. We should still win those games, but a win is anything but guaranteed.

  6.  kinsho says:

    I wish Antrel Rolle would stop showing off his prep school roots with phrases like ‘get-back’. Makes him look elitist.

  7.  JimStoll says:

    did anyone get a bead on rivers last game?
    once again, he did not seem to play very much
    anyone got a sense of whether he is healthy, getting healthy?

    •  fanfor55years says:

      He wasn’t very good in the first half, but got better as the game progressed. Looked VERY rusty. He should be much better in Dallas.

    •  jfunk says:

      I only noticed him once or twice and the first thing that popped into my mind was “slow”.

      Seemed to be just far enough away from the action to be a non-factor.

  8.  GOAT56 says:

    Dallas is still dangerous. Romo while inconsistent like Vick he has the ability to play great and even outplay Eli in a given game. He can get away from the rush and make some plays and throws on his own that you just can’t defense. They have WRs capable of beating our CBs and a healthier Witten. Also, we had trouble with Felix Jones last year so while he might not be as good as Murray he’s good enough to give them some balance, especially since we seem to struggle stopping their run no matter their back.

    Their defense now has Radliff and Spencer back to go along with Ware so their pass rush should be even better than week 1. They still have 4 good CBs and combined with their pass rush could be present problems for our passing game.

    Lastly, they are desperate. While most real football fans look at Dallas as an average or slightly above average team this team has the SB in its sights. By losing to us they would fall 2.5 games behind us with no more games left to play vs us. But by winning they would be tied in the lost column, with a season sweep and dropping us to a 1-3 division record.

    This is a big game just like the redskin game was a big one. First place is basically on the line again, we lose and the division is completely up for grabs and at 1-3 we would have a hard time winning any tie breakers other than Washington if we finished tied. While we all assume Dallas should be desperate, we need to be as well. 1-3 in the division is much better than 0-3, especially if you are swept by one team. Philly and Dallas while looking bad in many games still are winning enough to tread water. If we give both these teams an opening by losing this game those teams are talented enough to beat enough teams on their schedules that we could be in trouble. Even as much as Dallas struggled last year if they sweep us they are 10-6. 10-6 this year with a sweep of us would mean we have to go at least 11-5 to win the division. Which we could do but it’s no easy task with our schedule. And the NFC wildcard pool at 10-6 could be deep enough that it’s a repeat of 2010.

    •  JimStoll says:

      Goat said:

      But by winning they would be tied in the lost column, with a season sweep and dropping us to a 1-3 division record.

      If we do lose, we truly will be in the “lost” column!!

    •  fanfor55years says:

      We will either be 1-3 or 2-2 in the division after Sunday.

      This is an important game, but it isn’t a “must win”. At 5-3 and with Phillips returning soon I’d till like our chances of getting to 10 wins and you have to remember that Dallas, Philadelphia and the Redskins still need to play a lot of games against each other. Could one of them get to 10 wins? Sure, but I wouldn’t bet on it right now.

      In any case, I think we should win. We will be nearly as healthy on Sunday as we are likely to be all season. For a change, we are actually the healthier team on the field. Given that at full health I think we have more talent than the Cowboys and better coaching, we have a big advantage going into the game. But of course there was that Week 1 game, so we have to be concerned and the players have to go in there and give a big effort.

      My instincts, though, tell me we’re more likely to see a San Francisco-type game Sunday than what we usually see against the Cowboys. I think we’re going to dominate them.

    •  kinsho says:

      I think you’re giving too much credit to Dallas. Yes, Romo can make plays. Yes, their wide receivers are capable of beating our secondary. But if the past couple weeks are any indication, the Cowboys have been playing horribly, ugly football.

      To Romo’s credit, I don’t think he turned the ball over as much over the past two games as he did against Chicago, but he’s still struggling in leading this team, let alone getting on the same page as Dez. Now with a defensive line that’s starting to believe in itself again, our pass rushers should have a better shot at pressuring Romo as long as the secondary forces him to hang onto the ball for a couple seconds.

      Meanwhile, his receivers fared pretty poorly last week against the pathetic Panthers last week. Romo only managed to complete one deep pass to Miles Austin for a touchdown. Otherwise, all of his passes were check downs. Our secondary is anything but top-notch, but they should be able to do a decent job of containing the Cowboys receivers as long as they stick to their assignments and try not to do anything too fancy.

      Felix Jones lacks the energy and burst that DeMarco Murray brings to the game. And aside from the first half of the Redskins game, our run defense has gotten much better over the weeks.

      Likewise, our offensive line has kicked it up a notch with Sean Locklear now. Dallas’ pass rushers will have a harder time trying to frustrate Eli.

      Our receivers have shaken off their rust from that first game. Hakeem is not 100%, but he’s still a force to reckon with in the flat. Victor Cruz is still a dangerous man capable of making big plays. Domenik Hixon, Ramses Barden, and even Reuben Randle have shown quite a bit of promise.

      Aside from the Redskins game, our run game has taken a huge leap forward as well. And in all fairness, the Giants were intent on throwing the ball all over that Redskins secondary, which explains why the rushing yardage dipped back down that game.

      What else am I missing here? Our team is fairly healthy outside of Rocky and Phillips. The Cowboys injuries, on the other hand, are seriously enough to necessitate some changes in game-planning.

      We should be able to dominate this game. The only x-factor here is the Cowboys mentality. If the Cowboys TRULY see this as a ‘do anything to win’ game, then yes, we’ll be in for a tough physical fight. But that’s still an x-factor.

  9.  Valid says:

    I have been saying for the past two weeks that this game scares the heck out of me, and my stance hasn’t changed.

    The Cowboys are desperate and need this game more than the Giants do. Yes, I know the Giants play better on the road and haven’t lost in Dallas since 2008, but it would be silly to say that I am more confident because the game isn’t at MetLife. The Cowboys are going to be extremely fired up and will gave the G-Men everything they have this weekend.

    The one thing playing in our favor is the fact that Dallas beat the Giants in Week 1, and coming into this season, I never would have thought the ‘Boys could sweep Big Blue. That being said, I’m still worried.

    As FF55 already pointed out, Witten is likely going to have a field day against Blackburn. It wouldn’t shock me to see him catch 10 or more passes. I mean, the Redskins’ third-string TE was doing work over the middle of the field the other day. Imagine what Witten can do?

    The key to this game will just be to constantly be in Romo’s face and force him to make tough throws. We all know what happens to Romo when you put pressure on him. However, give him time to maneuver around in the pocket and throw on the roll, and we’re in trouble.

    All things considered, the Giants played a pretty terrible football game against Dallas on opening night, and yet they still only lost by a touchdown. That was also without Canty, and Murray and Lee were both on the field for the Cowboys. I’d like to think that if the Giants just come with a good gameplan and play mistake-free football, they’ll win the game.

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