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Eli Manning, 10.21.10

Q: Monday night, Dallas, big rivalry, does it get any bigger than this?
A: No, it's obviously a big game for us and a very important one. Our first game in the division, playing at Dallas. We know what kind of atmosphere to expect there, it's going to be wild. They'll be fired up and the crowd will be into it, and we know how talented they are. We have to have a good week of practice, our preparation has to be outstanding, and we have to go out there and play great football if we expect to win.

Q: Their play has been very disappointing so far, does that make them more dangerous?
A: They are always dangerous. They're a talented team. They have playmakers on both sides of the ball, guys you have to pay special attention to that can change the game. They've lost some close games, and every game has come down to the fourth quarter. If they get a play here, play there, if they get a bounce, their record can easily be reversed. They could have four or five wins. We have to go in there and play great football.

Q: They are habitually a heavy blitz team with a speedy defense, but they have only caused four turnovers. Are they passive now or are they just not getting to the ball?
A: No, they're still a blitz team and they still get to the quarterback and get sacks. They make a lot of plays. They're one of the best teams on third down. The teams have been playing smart and haven't thrown the ball, and we have to do the same. They're still very talented and doing a lot of good things defensively, so we have to be smart with the ball and take our chances, and when there are opportunities to hit some plays, we have to take advantage of it.

Q: Are they playing as much man coverage as they used to?
A: Yeah, they're still playing a good bit of man. They mix it up. They're still blitzing, bringing guys, and mixing up all their coverages, so they're still aggressive and making plays. They're still talented on defense, still ranked in the top five of all the defensive categories. We know we're playing a great team.

Q: What's it like to have Shaun O'Hara back?
A: It's good having him back. I thought Adam (Koets) did a great job and filled in well. It's good to have Shaun for his leadership and a veteran guy, and that'll be great playing a 3-4 team with guys moving around. It's good to have him back with the offense.

Q: Talk about Ahmad Bradshaw and how he's progressed:
A: I think Ahmad, with his understanding of this offense, is a very talented runner and he makes big plays just being an every down back. Whether it's third down, his pass routes and his catches, he's becoming that full running back. He's done a great job working hard and understanding what he needs to do to get better.

Q: Do you think this is the most talent all around you have had since you've been here?
A: Yeah, probably so. With weapons at receiver, running back, tight end, a lot of guys can make some big plays for us.

Q: What are your thoughts on the helmet-to-helmet hits?
A: Obviously, as an offensive player and a quarterback, anything that protects us, you are always a fan for. We have to hear what he says, and honestly there will probably be mixed feelings. The commissioner and the league is worried about protecting the players and keeping guys healthy, and that's very important.