Cowboys prepare for NFC East showdown with Giants

Cowboys prepare for NFC East showdown with Giants

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Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett talks into his headset during the fourth quarter against the Arizona Cardinals in an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011, in Glendale, Ariz. The Cardinals won 19-13 in overtime. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

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by GEORGE RIBA

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Posted on December 7, 2011 at 9:53 PM

IRVING - Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant helped the rookies load Christmas gifts that will be distributed to kids by the Salvation Army as part of their Angel Tree program. That job was easy.

On the field though, the job this week will be a whole lot tougher, as the Cowboys get ready to face the Giants.
 
"We know them, they know us, no secrets," said Cowboys linebacker Bradie James. "It's a good old fashioned rivalry. If you’re a football fan and a good football player, you want to play in this type [of] game."
 
The Cowboys are still in position to control their own destiny, but in order to do that, they have to beat the Giants on Sunday night.

It's a swing game, because if the Cowboys win, they lead the division by two. If they lose, the tiebreaker goes to the Giants, and the Cowboys drop into second place in the NFC East.
 
"You want to have some say so in what happens to you and that's as it sits right now, that's where we are," said Cowboys defensive end Marcus Spears. "This game plays a big part of us getting to where we want to be, and that's at the end, being the champs."

Other said while the game is big, no matter what, the goal is singular.
 
"Regardless, I don't care what the situation is, we need the 'W'," said Cowboys cornerback Mike Jenkins. "We want to win and that's just the end of the story."

Head coach Jason Garrett acknowledged both opinions.
 
"Certainly, the games in the division [...] have some tie breakers implications," Garrett said. "Those are more important, just from that standpoint, but you try to prepare your best every week. You try to do your best for three hours on Sunday, and that's what we're going to try and do again this week."
 
Quarterback Tony Romo's season came to an end the last time the Giants were in town. The outcome of this game won't determine the NFC East, but it will give one team a huge leg up.
 
"I'm sorry I don't have any breaking news, but nothing has changed in the last seven years that I have been here," Spears said. "It's going to be a dog fight."

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