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March 27, 2012

Jerry says season-opener news ought to be plenty of fuel for Cowboys' offseason work

Owner Jerry Jones says the Cowboys ought to have plenty of motivation for the season opener now.

Now that they know they’re opening against their arch rivals, the New York Giants.

The Super Bowl champion New York Giants.

“We got it all right there, opening the season for the NFL,” Jones said Tuesday at the owners meetings in Florida, where the league announced that the first game of the year would pit the Cowboys and Giants at MetLife Stadium on Wednesday, Sept. 5. “I am very pleased with it, and I like the idea of having something like that to point to for our players in preparation for the year.”

The game ought to be filled with drama. The Cowboys lost twice to the Giants last year, at Cowboys Stadium in a game that could have all but eliminated the Giants from playoff contention, and in the season finale in New York in a winner-take-all game for the NFC East title.

Plus, the Giants are thought to have blown the whistle on the Cowboys’ and Redskins’ approach to the uncapped year in 2010.

But Jones said he and Giants owner John Mara are on good terms.

“Our relationship is good from my perspective,” Jones said. “... We will have all of this in the rear view mirror, hopefully, by the time we get to this game.”

-- Carlos Mendez

Twitter @calexmendez

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