NEW YORK (WFAN) – The NFL season opener between the Giants and Cowboys on September 5 is quickly gaining steam, and not just because the two teams are bitter NFC East rivals.
There has been plenty of trash talk in anticipation of the game, and it all began when Cowboys owner Jerry Jones called out the Super Bowl champions earlier this month.
“I know we’re standing here today,” Jones said to fans in attendance at training camp, “but we want you to come to (Cowboys Stadium) and watch us beat the New York Giants’ a—, OK?”
Now with the game just a few days away, linebacker Mathias Kiwanuka added fuel to the fire by being the second Giant to address Jones’ comment.
But he certainly wasn’t angry. Much like punter Steve Weatherford earlier this month, he expressed a cool confidence.
“He should (make that guarantee),” Kiwanuka told WFAN’s Boomer & Carton on Thursday morning. “I mean, the Giants have been whooping his a– for a long time.”
LISTEN: Kiwanuka with Boomer & Carton
The two-time Super Bowl champ added that the Giants are unquestionably the target of every team in the league.
“It’s got to be tough on the outside looking in on all of these championships lately,” Kiwanuka said. “That’s the feeling I feel like everybody in the league has, and it’s what they should have. Because when you’re on top everybody should be wanting to knock you off.”
Giants players — as is the Big Blue way — kept their mouths shut following Jones’ statement, with the exception of Weatherford — and now Kiwi.
“I don’t know, you can let him blow smoke all day,” Weatherford told WFAN’s Evan Roberts in reference to Jones on Aug. 3. “I guess that’s the only thing they have to cheer about down there right now. I’ve got a ring on my finger.”
Opening kickoff is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. at MetLife Stadium.
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