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Dallas game kicks off difficult second half for Giants

New York Giants fans everywhere, and members of Big Blue View Nation in particular, are justifiably fired up about Sunday's game against the Dallas Cowboys.

It's a chance to avenge a season-opening loss. A chance to get a share of the NFC East lead. A chance to stamp themselves as a legitimate upper echelon team. A chance to shut Cowboys fans up, for at least a little while.

It's also just the beginning of what could be a very difficult final eight games for Big Blue -- or Big Red, as they will apparently be Sunday when they don their red jerseys.

In case you haven't looked at the schedule, the Giants follow the Cowboy game by traveling to Detroit to face the vastly improved 6-2 Lions. After that they have to try and stop the locomotive called Adrian Peterson when they host Minnesota.

Also on the second half schedule are division games against the Eagles and Redskins and a matchup with New England, which could have a perfect 16-0 season riding on the outcome.

Point is, win or lose on Sunday the Giants will still have a difficult road to travel the rest of the way.

"We all know we've had a good run of six games, but this is the real test for us, against one of the best teams in the division and in the league," wide receiver Amani Toomer told the Star-Ledger. "If we want to be considered in that upper echelon of the league, this is the team and, in the next couple of weeks, these are the teams we're going to have to beat to show everybody."

Let's hope they are up to the task.