After a difficult loss Monday night to the Philadelphia Eagles, the New York Giants have to quickly pick themselves up, dust themselves off and gird for another critical NFC East. The Giants (3-3) host the Dallas Cowboys (2-3) on Sunday (4:25 p.m. ET/FOX). Having already lost to Dallas once, the game will go a long way toward determining whether or not the Giants have an opportunity to contend for the division crown.
"The importance being a divisional game, second time around already early in the season," said Giants head coach Tom Coughlin. "But they (the players) know, believe me, they know how important this game is. And they know it's within the division and who it's against and the fact we played them the first game and so on and so forth. So they're very much aware of that."
The Giants lost to the Cowboys, 27-26, Week 1 and have dropped five straight games to Dallas. The Giants, technically, are tied with the Philadelphia Eagles atop the NFC East. The Eagles, though, hold the tie-breaker advantage because of last week's victory. Dallas is also 2-0 in the division with a game in hand over the Giants, 1-2 in the division. The Giants need a victory today not only to avoid back-to-back losses to division rivals, but to even out the division and head-to-head tiebreakers. Should they lose Sunday, falling to 1-3 in the division, it is difficult to see a path to the NFC East title for the Giants.
For Dallas, wide receiver Dez Bryant has been ruled out as he continues to recover from foot surgery. The Giants expect linebacker Devon Kennard and defensive end Robert Ayers to return to action Sunday.
Here is everything you need to know to watch, listen to or wager on Sunday's game.