Victor Cruz said the Giants “absolutely can” win a Super Bowl this year. Disagree with him? That’s fine too. He appreciates it.

“Nobody is talking about us, nobody has us on their short list,” Cruz said on his weekly radio appearance on WFAN on Tuesday. “If you look historically, that’s the way we want it. We don’t want anyone picking us to win. We want to go through the road less traveled and go through those gritty games we’ve been a part of all year long. Make the big plays and shock the world.”

The last two Giants Super Bowl champs have been won via that route.

“We’re right where we want to be,” Cruz said. “We just have to continue to get better and progress from an execution standpoint and we’ll see where we land.”

Third time a charm?

Michael Irvin may be a Hall of Fame receiver, but he’s not much of a history buff.

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On Tuesday night’s episode of “Inside the NFL” on Showtime, Irvin said that the Cowboys need not worry about facing the Giants in a potential playoff game, even though the Giants are the only team to have beaten them and have done so twice.

“No team beats a team three times in a season,” Irvin said.

The Giants have actually done it twice. In 1986 they beat the Redskins three times, including the NFC Championship Game, and in 2000 they beat the Eagles three times on their way to Super Bowl XXXV.

Giant steps

DE Romeo Okwara’s start against the Cowboys in place of Jason Pierre-Paul gave the Giants three undrafted rookies who have started games for them this season (S Andrew Adams and WR Roger Lewis Jr. are the others). That’s the most undrafted rookies the Giants have started in a non-strike season since 1980 when they had seven such starters . . . The Giants are 8-2 in games decided by eight points or fewer, the NFL’s highest victory total in such games. Oakland is 7-1 and Dallas fell to 6-2 by losing to the Giants.