The magnitude of Sunday’s game against the Giants is not lost on Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones.
And while coach Jason Garrett has trotted out the missive that the matchup with the Giants at Cowboys Stadium is no more important than any other game, Jones’ perspective is more in tune with the overall feeling in the organization and not just media spin.
“Everybody knows how important how this game is,” Jones said. “If they don’t, their heads are in the sand. It’s Cowboys-Giants. We are playing for first place.”
Jones said the opportunity is there against the Giants (6-6) on Sunday to retake control of the division, while wiping away the disappointment of last week’s loss to the Cardinals. The Cowboys (7-5) understand they missed out on a chance to take a two-game lead into Sunday’s game and possibly clinch the division title with a win.
“If we take care of this one, it won’t matter,” said Jones, who has full confidence that the Cowboys will be ready to play well against the Giants because they will be healthy as they have been in a while.
Receiver Miles Austin and fullback Tony Fiammetta will make their return to the lineup after missing the past four and three games respectively with a hamstring injury and vertigo-like symptoms.
As a result, Jones said he is not worried about his team having another December meltdown.
Jones said he is not worried about his team have another December
“I think we will play well,” Jones said. “I think the guys are ready. They are prepared. We are healthy as we have been in a while. I will be surprised if we didn’t go out and play real well.”
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