Undated file photo of Dolphins wide receiver Brandon Marshall.

Undated file photo of Dolphins wide receiver Brandon Marshall. Credit: AP

Brandon Marshall can talk -- or tweet -- all he wants. But the football game still has to be played Sunday.

Not one Giant expressed interest in the words of the Miami receiver, who took to Twitter on Thursday to deliver this not-so-subtle guarantee: The Dolphins will earn their first victory of the season this weekend at MetLife Stadium.

"I don't have a reaction to that," said cornerback Antrel Rolle, who works out with Marshall during the offseason. "It was his comments. If that's the way he feels, that's the way he feels. The game's still gotta be played on Sunday.''

.Despite the Dolphins' 0-6 record, Marshall tweeted this bold proclamation Thursday night: "To: Media When we win Sunday please don't say the Giants didn't take us serious."

Osi Umenyiora offered a rather tame "riiiiiiiiight'' when reminded of Marshall's comment. But when pressed further by reporters, the Giants defensive end said bluntly: "We have bigger fish to fry."

The Giants (4-2) insist they're not looking past the Dolphins, who last won Dec. 12 against the Jets at New Meadowlands Stadium. They admit the memory of their stunning home loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Oct. 9 still stings, and after the layoff for the bye week, they're in no position to take any team lightly.

"At the end of the day, we're disappointed," Marshall said Friday, referring to the Dolphins' season. "I think the fans are disappointed. We put a lot of work into what we're doing. And things to turn out like this . . . But at the same time, this is our job, but also, this is a dream job.''

Some might deem Marshall's tweet as the delusional rant of a frustrated and underperforming diva, but not the Giants. "He didn't say nothing wrong to me," safety Deon Grant said. "That's what he's supposed to say.''

But Marshall's mouth won't be enough to carry his team to victory. As Marshall pointed out to the local media Friday, the Giants are a physical team with swagger, a team that has plenty of guys that can do "special things." And those are rare qualities seen in Miami this season. "I don't know if it's a lack of focus. I don't know what it is," Rolle said of Miami's woes. "But we'll still play [Marshall] as if he's one of the top receivers in the league. We know he can be dangerous at times, and we're looking forward to the matchup."

 

Herzlich on "60 Minutes''

Rookies stick together, said Tyler Sash. That's why he and the rest of th e Giants' rookies will be watching teammate Mark Herzlich's inspirational story on "60 Minutes" Sunday. He missed Boston College's 2009 season because of Ewing's sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer. Despite being undrafted, he's since made noticeable contributions on special teams. "We'll probably be on his couch watching," Sash said, referring to himself and fellow rookie Spencer Paysinger. " . . . We know Mark will basically make me come over and watch it."

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