NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — This is the game Jerry Jones has been waiting for.
The outspoken Cowboys owner kick-started this year’s round of New York-Dallas trash talk in late July, when he told an audience at training camp that his team would beat the “Giants’ a—” at home in 2012.
It was the invitation heard ’round the NFL — and the Giants are set to RSVP on Sunday.
“We take pride in the billboard postings and different things, which motivates our team,” Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw said Monday. “We just use it all for motivation for our team.”
The Giants were silent on the issue at first — typical for Big Blue under stoic coach Tom Coughlin. Punter Steve Weatherford eventually issued a retort, telling WFAN radio “that’s the only thing they have to cheer about down there right now.”
Linebacker Mathias Kiwanuka added his take weeks later, saying Jones should be keyed up because “the Giants have been whooping his a– for a long time.”
Now it’s time to put up or shut up. Jones’ team will be looking for their first win over the Giants at home since Cowboys Stadium opened in 2009.
Meanwhile, New York will be out to hand Big D another big ‘D.’
As in disappointment.
“I remember that very well,” wide receiver Victor Cruz said of Jones’ boast. “But we’ve still got to play the game. We understand that. We’ll be there.”
The Giants lost to Dallas in Week 1 at MetLife Stadium, spoiling their opener after winning the Super Bowl in February. A victory Sunday would even New York’s record within the NFC East to 2-2.
Safety Antrel Rolle said Big Blue has a score to settle — as if they needed more motivation.
“Obviously Dallas beat us the first game of the season, so we are definitely looking for get-back,” said Rolle. “We’re definitely looking for some get-back at this point in time.”
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