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Eli Manning, 11.10.10

Q: Is this one of those damned if you do, damned if you don't games because of how the Cowboys have been this season?
A: We look at it as a big game. It's Dallas, and they have a new coach and a new attitude. Talking to my dad and other players, whenever a new coach comes in, you feel like you have a new season. Everything has been erased, and you can start over. That's the attitude they're going to have. They're going to come in fired up and we know they're talented all over the field. We have to make sure we take care of business, have a good week of preparation, play our hardest, and try to find a way to win.

Q: What's the key to winning this week's game?
A: Offensively, we have to stay in rhythm. Don't turn the ball over. We have to protect with our front five. They're talented and they get to the quarterback, and they can cause turnovers and pressure so we have to block those guys up and play smart football.

Q: How about the changes on the offensive line? Didn't seem to slow you down on Sunday:
A: On the offensive line, those guys work hard. They work well together and they accomplish a lot in meetings. They come into the game very well prepared and know what they're doing. They're playing fast and playing confident. We have to keep that up. We're running the ball well, and I'm not going to try to sit back there and hold it too long and get the ball out fairly quickly into the receiver's hands.

Q: Given this rivalry, do the records matter?
A: No, I think when you get in the NFL you can't look at records. Records don't mean anything. You have to look at the team that's coming in, look at their players, understand where their strengths are, where we feel we can attack, and try to go with that. It's still comes down to coming out there on Sunday, playing smart football, figuring out what kind of game it's going to be, and go from there.

Q: Will they have a bit of boost because of their new coach, Jason Garrett?
A: No question. No question that they're going to come in fired up. They're going to feel like they have a new season, and nothing would make them happier than to come into the Giants' stadium and beat us. We know they're going to come in ready and as we said, we know they have great players and have talent. We have to make sure we know where those great players are at all times and be prepared to block them up and make adjustments, and run our offense.

Q: What real changes can a team make in such a short time period between the two games?
A: They'll have a new defensive coordinator since obviously Wade was a defensive minded coach and calling their plays. They can put in a few new things and a few new tricks. Maybe a different blitz here or have a different philosophy on defense. They can't come in and completely change everything but you can have a different approach and mix up some things. We expect that. They'll have some new wrinkles and we have to be prepared for that.

Q: How much changes for you when the members of the offensive line shift around?
A: It doesn't change for me. I'm still running our offense and I have to worry about getting us into good plays and their coverages. The offensive line will handle everything up front.