Add defensive coordinator Rob Ryan to the list of Cowboys, not named head coach Jason Garrett, who are not trying to classify Sunday’s showdown against the Giants as just another game.
In fact, Ryan calls it a must win game for the Cowboys and has told his players as much.
“I always tell them the truth,” Ryan said. “Down the stretch here, is this a must win? In my opinion, yes it is. We need to win this game. It’s a hard game. If you watch the tape the last two weeks, you don’t want to watch it. Eli Manning threw 22 straight completions against the Saints, hung up 35 points against the World Champion defense supposedly. We’re up for a big challenge here, but our guys are ready to go. We’re anxious about this game, we’ve done our preparation and we can’t wait until it gets here.”