The Cowboys understand the Giants are not the same team they beat 24-17 in the season opener.
They understand the Giants are playing well now and the only reason they had success in the season opener was because the Giants beat themselves.
At least that's the message defensive coordinator Rob Ryan is getting out of New York and that's the one he selling to him to his team for motivational purposes heading into Sunday's rematch at Cowboys Stadium.
"I understand we played the Giants before and the only reason we stopped them was their lack of execution," Ryan said. "It had nothing to do with our players or our scheme. That’s been well documented. That was said. They give a lot of credit where credit is due, and it’s just because of their lack of execution. We got the message, we understand that. That’ll be great. We’re looking forward to that challenge. They’re the Super Bowl champs. We’ve given them nothing but respect. They’ve hung a million yards up on us before. Then when we played them the first game of the year, they just had a bad day."
So where did you hear that the Giants self-destructed in the opener: "I hear it, I got big ears and I hear things after the game and I was like, ‘That’s a bunch of bull shit, but its ok we’ll find out.’," Ryan said.
So have you mentioned this to your team this week: "I wouldn’t say that, I wouldn’t say anything like that," Ryan said tongue firmly planted in cheek.Clarence Hill