The New York Giants are looking to rebound from a disappointing 2012 that saw them miss the playoffs.
Three straight such years - and a big contract extension for Tony Romo - have the Dallas Cowboys feeling increasing pressure to return to the postseason.
If either of these archrivals are lacking that sense of urgency to start the season, the sight of each other should provide plenty of motivation Sunday night as the Giants try to remain unbeaten at AT&T Stadium.
New York (9-7) failed to follow up its improbable 2011 Super Bowl title, losing five of its final eight games last year. The Giants were particularly bad in lopsided losses to Atlanta and Baltimore on Dec. 16 and 23, falling by a combined 67-14 to effectively seal their fate.
The performances were indicative of defensive problems that plagued the team all season, as New York finished 31st in the NFL with 383.4 yards allowed per game. The Giants' usually powerful pass rush managed only 33 sacks, 22nd in the league.