Originally posted on Big Giants Boom  |  Last updated 8/3/12

Shale Briskin
BGB Contributor

Recently at the Dallas Cowboys' training camp, owner and general manager Jerry Jones told his fans, "Y'all should come to Cowboys Stadium and watch us beat the Giants' asses." The 5,000 Cowboys fans that attended cheered after hearing the remark.

It's honestly amusing that the very outspoken Jones has already lit a fuse this early in the upcoming 2012 NFL season. The Giants are the defending Super Bowl champions and won the NFC East division title last season by defeating the Cowboys during the last regular season game of the year.  Furthermore, the Giants have simply dominated the Cowboys in recent years.

Ever since Cowboys Stadium opened in 2009, the Cowboys have yet to defeat the Giants at their home turf.  More importantly, in their last nine games against each other, the Giants have been 7-2, which included a sweep by the Giants last season.  In recent years, the Giants have not only dominated the Cowboys, but they’ve also had a knack for injuring opposing players, such as quarterback Tony Romo who missed the second half of the 2010 season after injuring his clavicle thanks to a hit by Giants linebacker Michael Boley. 

Another factor that has played into both the rivalry and Jones’ recent envy of the Giants has to do with the fact that the Giants have been much more successful in the postseason than the Cowboys in the last decade.  The Giants have now won two Super Bowl championships in the last five years, while the Cowboys got a postseason win in 2010 for the first time in 14 years.  They have yet to win another postseason game ever since. 

While Romo has been best remembered for his postseason failures, his counterpart Eli Manning has two Super Bowl MVP Awards under his belt and is looking more like a definite Hall of Fame player.  The debate between the two is nowhere close to where it once used to be.  Manning has asserted himself as the far better quarterback. 

Recently, former Cowboys’ tight end Martellus Bennett, who signed a one-year contract with the Giants in the offseason voiced some strong words toward his former team about how he wanted to destroy the Cowboys.  This added more fuel to the fire of the rivalry, which is certainly one of the most intense in the NFL. 

The Cowboys may have been the best team in the NFC East through most of the 1990s, when they won three Super Bowl titles in 1992, 1993 and 1995.  However, ever since that dynasty, the Cowboys have not been the same, while the Giants have put themselves as the best team in the division within the last ten years. 

Jerry Jones’ statement to his Cowboys fans may have been a nice way to gain national media attention, and will certainly motivate both the Cowboys and the Giants when the two teams meet for the first game of the regular season on September 5 at MetLife Stadium.  However, with the way the last five years have gone for both teams, Jones really shouldn’t have said anything at all. 

The saying goes, “Don’t talk the talk if you can’t walk the walk”.  In other words, if someone says something, they should be expected to back up their words.  With this being said, Jones will need the Cowboys to redeem themselves and be a lot more successful this season or else he will face even more criticism for his bold statement. 
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