Evan Engram didn’t take the bait.
He won’t admit that Sunday is an opportunity to pay off Jarone Kearse, the Cowboys quarterback who punched Ingram in the face after Dallas won 44-20 in October.
“I don’t look at it that way,” Engram said this week with a smile. “We’ll go there and play football.”
There is definitely some bad blood here that could have spilled two months earlier when Engram made fun of Kearse’s “baby punch” in an interview with the Daily News.
The last-ranked Giants (4-9) are clearly inferior to the first-ranked Cowboy (9-4) in the talent department.
The flu and COVID-19 that gripped the Giants Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey fell further behind the eight on Sunday at MetLife Stadium.
But Joe Judge’s team is determined to resist, and they have learned first hand of one of Dallas’ greatest weaknesses: lack of composure.
Cowboys’ Defensive Tackle Tristen Hill was suspended for two games for slapping Raiders guard John Simpson in the face after winning Las Vegas on Thanksgiving.
Dallas’ right tackle Lael Collins was then eliminated from last week’s win over Washington for hitting William Bradley King’s goal after hitting Duck Prescott on the sideline.
Kirs was not fined for hitting Engram, which FOX and NFL Films said they had not shown him on camera. Hill’s punch video, on the other hand, went viral and cost him checks.
However, the giants have not forgotten. There is a good chance that Dallas ‘disrespect at the start of the season has surfaced in meetings this week, and the Giants’ mood has definitely changed since October.
Right guard Will Hernandez told The News a week after Kearse hit Engram: “I wish I was there. You know? It’s great because we’re playing them again. ”
Judge said last week, “We’ll see these guys again.”
The safety of Jabrill Peppers, now out of service this season, was more important.
“I mean it’s Giant Cowboys. Fuck them. They hate us, we hate them, ”Peppers said.
Judge also signed former Cowboys midfielder Jylon Smith on Friday, adding an emotional player willing to fight back against Dallas for cutting him earlier this season.
The Giants are by no means going to lose their composure, as rookie receiver Cadarius Tony did in mid-game week five hand-to-hand combat in Arlington, Texas.
But let’s face it: this rivalry needs some juice from the giants to become rivalry again.
The rivalry is no more, even though Judge recorded a 7-game penalty in a head-to-head streak with a win on week 17 last January.
From 2017 to this fall, the Giants have lost eight of their last nine matches to Dallas. Their only win at the end of last season was with Andy Dalton, the Cowboys quarterback.
Duck Prescott has an 8-2-0 record, 20 touchdown assists and five interceptions in 10 career encounters with the Giants, including eight straight wins.
Jason Garrett was, oddly enough, the head coach of those Dallas teams that have destroyed the giants in recent years, but once he joined the giants, he only met his former team three times (1-2) before being fired by the giants in November.
Interestingly, Sunday will be the first Giants-Cowboys game without Garrett since 2006. In 2007, he took over as offensive coordinator in Dallas and quickly rose to head coach by mid-2010.
The Giants have won two Super Bowls in that time to zero for Dallas, but these championships seem similar to past ones given the franchise’s setbacks in recent years.
Angular. On Thursday, James Bradburry admitted that the Giants are finding it difficult not to hang their heads after two defeats in a row, knowing that their official relegation to the playoffs could occur this weekend.
“I would definitely say that it is difficult, but you just have to wake up, put one foot in front of the other and attack the day, ”said Bradburry. “I just try to win the day, try to get a little better every day, and whatever cards you get on Sunday, play with them.”
The cards that were dealt to the Giants on Sunday are a team of Cowboys not playing their best but still going forward when they face this NFC East foe.
Back in October, Engram told The News about how Kearse’s strike happened.
“I went up to him. He kind of came up to me and said something. He struck, ”said Engram. “We had guys who separated us, so it was kind of boom, boom.”
“He stole one of them, and everyone was there to tear us apart. So I just let it go, ”he added. “I hired some of my old coaches and friends on the other side. [afterward] and went to the dressing room. ”
Engram did not take revenge because he did not want to be fined. He also knew they had another game on their schedule. This game is Sunday, the last chance for the Giants this season to be proud of toppling the Dallas team that loves to look down on them.