The Cowboys have eight home games this season, but owner Jerry Jones showed that there is only one that's on his mind at the start of training camp.
"Y'all should come to Cowboys Stadium and watch us beat the Giants' [butts]!" Jones reportedly told a crowd at a ceremony Monday kicking off the start of the team's preseason. The event featured sky divers and the Cowboys cheerleaders, but it was Jones who provided the verbal fireworks.
The two teams play each other in the opener on Sept. 5 at MetLife Stadium, but they won't be in Dallas until Oct. 28. That's clearly a date Jones has circled on his calendar. The Giants have been to Cowboys Stadium three times since it opened in 2009 and have never lost there.
The teams played at MetLife Stadium in the regular-season finale last January with the NFC East title on the line. The Giants won, made the playoffs, and went on to win the Super Bowl.
Jones' comments come after former Cowboys tight end Martellus Bennett opened his first camp with the Giants by saying "I just want to kick those guys' [butts]" and that he has ill feelings toward the Cowboys.
Jawing between the two division rivals is nothing new. Over the years words have passed between Justin Tuck, Brandon Jacobs and the Cowboys' DeMarcus Ware. But those barbs are usually saved until the week the teams are facing each other, not late July.