Antrel Rolle backs up JPP: Giants out for blood against Cowboys
Antrel Rolle has been the outspoken voice of the Giants defense for the last several years, but there is at least one player on the unit whose words -- though rare -- even he must adhere to.
That person is Jason Pierre-Paul, who set the tone for the entire week leading up to Sunday's game against the Cowboys by suggesting it will resemble a Quentin Tarantino grindhouse flick.
"If JPP says there will be blood," Rolle said Tuesday, "then there will be blood."
After Sunday's win over the Packers, the defensive end who made the game-changing interception and returned it for a touchdown said that the Giants were "going to put it on 'em" this Sunday and that the game against Dallas is "going to be a fight, it's going to be a dogfight, and there's going to be a lot of blood spilled out there."
He was speaking metaphorically -- perhaps -- but it's clear that the stakes are as high for this meeting of the two rivals as they have been since they met in the 2011 regular-season finale. In that game, the Giants beat the Cowboys to win the division, advance to the playoffs and ultimately win the Super Bowl.
The winner here won't necessarily do any of those things, but the loser will certainly take a huge hit to their postseason aspirations.
Rolle, appearing on his weekly radio spot on WFAN, was also asked about facing Tony Romo on Sunday and not any of the hobbled or inexperienced quarterbacks the Giants have faced during their four-game winning streak. Whatever you think of Romo, he is a step up in class from Josh Freeman, Matt Barkley, Terrelle Pryor or Scott Tolzien.
"Well, he's going up in class as far as the defense," Rolle said. "We've played Tony Romo before. We've beaten him before."
Justin Tuck, appearing at an NFL Play 60 event in New Jersey Tuesday, echoed that confidence.
"We've had a lot of success against Romo," Tuck said. "Everybody knows that he's good at what he does, but we've had success against him. We just have to continue to do what we've done."
Rolle lauded Romo as a "great quarterback" and spoke about his athleticism and ability to throw on the run. "We understand what we're facing," Rolle said, "but at the same time, we're not the same defense he faced the first time around. I expect for things to be a little bit different this time around."
That last time was in the opener when the Giants lost, 36-31 -- a close result despite turning the ball over six times. That put the defense in some difficult positions, and they played pretty well considering that 24 of Dallas' 36 points were off turnovers (including two touchdowns scored directly off giveaways on a fumble return and an interception return).
"This is a different team right now, we have a different mentality," Rolle said, "and we're going for a different outcome."
Notes & quotes: Cowboys DE DeMarcus Ware (thigh) is expected to play Sunday after missing three of the last four games. "The best thing to do for Eli [Manning] is turn that DeMarcus Ware loose and let him get a little extra pressure from where we've been," Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said on his radio show Tuesday. Ware has 13.5 sacks against Manning, the most by any player, but he did not have any in the regular-season opener . . . Jones also said he expects CB Morris Claiborne (hamstring) and WR Miles Austin (hamstring) to play.