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New York Giants News And Notes: Season-Opening Edition

Good morning, New York Giants' fans! Lots and lots of links today to keep you busy while you wait for Wednesday's season-opening game between your defending champion New York Giants and the Dallas Cowboys. Here we go.

Pierce: Disrespected Giants ready for Cowboys -
According to Antonio Pierce, the Giants are an awful lot like Rodney Dangerfield — they’re getting no respect.

Dysfunctional Cowboys not as ‘close’ to Giants as owner Jerry Jones perceives - Yahoo! Sports
From Yahoo! Sports: Dallas has a number of issues to solve, starting with Tony Romo’s protection and receiving targets.

Manning no longer in the shadow of big brother - Yahoo! Sports
From Yahoo! Sports: EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- Eli Manning is no longer living in the shadow of his big brother. Far from it.

NY Giants, defending Super Bowl champions, get to turn critics into chumps - NY Daily News
The Giants have a precious opportunity Wednesday night to deliver a strong message to the entire NFL: Shut up.

Scouting the NY Giants: A position-by-position breakdown of Big Blue for the 2012-12 NFL season - NY Daily News
One of the beauties of being the defending Super Bowl champions is that change isn’t necessary. All the ingredients for success are already in place. So it should be no surprise that the Giants haven’t changed much. In fact, 19 of the champs’ 22 projected starters are players who started at least a handful of games last year.

NY Giants' Eli Manning voted best football player in New York by panel of Daily News writers and columnists - NY Daily News
Seven Daily News writers and columnists ranked the top players in New York City. Here’s a look at how they each ranked the Top 25 players in the Big Apple: Eli Manning tops the list.

John Mara relishing NY Giants' current success, but dark era from 1964-80 when team had winning record just twice still haunts him - NY Daily News
The Giants are now the NFL’s model franchise, with two Super Bowl titles in the last five seasons to go along with their always loyal fan base, but there are times John Mara wakes up in the middle of the night thinking about the darkest period in team history.

The Top 10 Moments Between the Giants and Cowboys |
The 2012 NFL regular season kicks off Wednesday night with the latest installment of one of the league's most storied rivalries: The defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants taking on the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys and Giants have been involved in some memorable clashes over the last 52 years, and with that in mind, Elliot Harrison counts down the top 10 moments of the rivalry.

Michael Strahan makes debut as ‘Live! With Kelly’ co-host; After months of searching, Kelly Ripa taps ex-Giants star for seat - NY Daily News
Michael Strahan stepped out of an SUV and jogged onto the set of "Live! with Kelly" Tuesday morning, making his co-hosting gig official and confirming the country's worst kept secret.

NFL power rankings: Defending champion NY Giants start out on top; Peyton Manning makes Broncos Super Bowl contenders - NY Daily News
If there is one thing the NFL has taught us lately is that things change abruptly from one season to the next. That makes the preseason Daily News power rankings a bit of a guessing game until the teams can settle in to their parity positions for 2012.

AP Pro32 comments about Giants - Yahoo! Sports

Giants vs. Cowboys Players to Watch

Big Decision: To run, or to pass? - Giants Blog - ESPN New York

SB Nation NFL Bloggers Vote On Preseason Awards -