First published on Examiner
New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck knows this Monday’s showdown with the Dallas Cowboys isn’t just an ordinary game; for more than one reason.
“For us, it’s a very important week because it’s a divisional foe,” Tuck said on Friday. “It’s a team that we understand what we’re getting ourselves into as far as how much they hate us and how much we hate them. I’ve said that a few times when it comes to Dallas and teams like Dallas. In college, you would think of this game as a big time rivalry game. I’m from Alabama, so it’s kind of like it’s an Auburn game or something like that. We understand that there is going to be a lot of emotion going into this game. They’re going to be fired up and trying to get their season back on track, and we’re going to be fired up and trying to keep the good times rolling that we’ve had the past couple of weeks.”
The 2010 Dallas Cowboys have struggled in a variety of ways. One aspect that’s been particularly week is the team’s offensive line. Tuck isn’t taking the Dallas o-line lightly, and is making sure to do his homework before Monday.
“When I watch film, I look at not necessarily what the Cowboys have done but what teams have done against them,” Tuck explained. “They’ve played some good defensive lines that do a lot of movement and have gotten after them pretty well. I think that has a lot to do with it. They have been up against a lot of pressure of late. Dallas likes to change their pass protections a lot, and there’s a lot of stuff on memory, especially when you have a split second to remember. I think a lot of that adds in to the fact that they’ve had so many penalties, especially on the o-line.”
Tuck has been dealing with a less-than-100 percent ankle for awhile, now. When asked about it, he said that the ankle “hurt worse today than it did yesterday.” Sleep easy, Giants fans, as Tuck also said that he is playing this Monday.
Players like Tuck and Eli Manning are aware that the Dallas Cowboys aren’t just going to roll over and play dead for Big Blue. The Giants aren’t underestimating any portion of their Monday night opponent, and are planning on heading into the bye week on a four game winning streak.
All quotes via New York Giants Communications Office
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