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Giants vs. Cowboys: Exciting week begins for Giants' fans

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Giants vs. Cowboys -- a big game that didn't seem possible a few weeks ago.

Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

This is a great week to root for the New York Giants. The hated NFC East rival Dallas Cowboys are coming to town Sunday for a game that has huge playoff implications -- implications that could only be dreamed about when the Giants bumbled their way to an 0-6 start.

Now? The Giants have won four straight and are chomping at the bit to make amends for the season-opening loss to Dallas a game the Giants tossed away with two botched screen passes and a pair of David Wilson fumbles.

Jason Pierre-Paul, the Giants' star defensive end, set the tone already, with his "There's going to be a lot of blood spilled out there," comment.

"This is Dallas and New York, this is always going to be a big game," Justin Tuck said. "Games like this you can throw the records out. I can honestly say that we don’t like each other and it shows up on the football field so I think it’s going to be another one of those drag-out type of games where you get in for four quarters and try to find a way to win it."

As the buildup to Sunday begins, it doesn't appear to be quite as exciting a week for Cowboys' fans. More like a nervous one. The Cowboys once seemed like a lock to win the division by default. The 5-5 Cowboys have, however frittered away some opportunities. With the Giants and Philadelphia Eagles -- the current division leaders at 6-5 -- seemingly having found their footing the Cowboys find themselves in a three-way fight.

EARLY LINE: The Giants are three-point favorites as of Tuesday afternoon.

ABOUT THE COWBOYS: The Cowboys come off a bye. Dallas lost two of its last three games prior to the bye week.

NFC East Standings

Philadelphia Eagles 6-5

Dallas Cowboys 5-5

New York Giants 4-6

Washington Redskins 3-7