Giants riled up for payback against Cowboys and Jerry Jones

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones holds a press Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones holds a press conference during NFL training camp. (July 29, 2012) Photo Credit: AP

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The Giants are ready to RSVP to Jerry Jones' invitation.

This Sunday is the game the Cowboys' owner was referring to when he kicked off training camp by famously inviting everyone to "come to Cowboys Stadium and watch us beat the Giants' [butts]."

It's a slight the Giants have not forgotten.

"I remember that very well," Victor Cruz said Monday. "But we've still got to play the game. We understand that. We'll be there."

Adding to the rivalry is the Giants' 24-17 loss to the Cowboys on Sept. 5 in Week 1, a game in which the Giants began the defense of their Super Bowl title with a thud.

"We are definitely looking for get-back," safety Antrel Rolle said. "We're definitely looking for some get-back at this point in time."

The Giants are in first place in the NFC East, but if the Cowboys win Sunday, they'll tie the Giants in the loss column and own two head-to-head victories. That's why Rolle called this a "must-win" game.

The Giants aren't too concerned, though. They haven't lost a game in Dallas since 2008 and have not lost in Jones' new stadium in three tries.

"No question," Ahmad Bradshaw said when asked if the Giants are looking forward to the game. "We have fun in Dallas Stadium."

It's called Cowboys Stadium now. It says so right on the invitation.

Giant steps

Tight end Martellus Bennett, the target of Eli Manning's first interception Sunday, said it was his fault for running the wrong route . . . The Giants have until next week to allow tight end Travis Beckum to practice; he's on the physically unable to perform list after tearing an ACL in the Super Bowl. "The decision probably will be made this week as to whether he'll be able to practice or not," coach Tom Coughlin said. "I'm not going to say right now. I think they need another day in the training room just to give us a full assessment." . . . Coughlin said Hakeem Nicks (knee, foot) is not playing at full capacity: "I think he's mentally better, but I don't know that he's always physically able to do the things he really wants to do or we want him to do."

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