Giants players avoided stoking the embers when asked about the NFL.com report that said Cowboys owner Jerry Jones showed up to Dallas' training camp in Oxnard, Calif. and proclaimed to fans that his team was set on "beating the Giants' ass" this season.
"I don't know, that's why we play the game. We'll see," is all defensive end Justin Tuck would offer when asked if he thought the Cowboys would fulfill that promise. "Talk is cheap. Play the game."
Surprised by Jones' bravado?
"Not at all."
Former Cowboys tight end Martellus Bennett made his own headlines last week when he admitted to hating Dallas - along with every other opponent - last week, but didn't touch Jones' comment.
"I have nothing to say about that. Everybody has their point of view on that, but it's just one game of the year," Bennett said. "I don't know what he was doing. Yeah, Jerry's a good guy. That's his job, so he's just doing his job."
Bennett still managed the quote of the day when asked how rich he would be if he had a dollar for every time the Cowboys' owner said something like that.
"I don't know. I'm pretty wealthy right now," said Bennett.
Wide receiver Victor Cruz feigned surprise when asked about Jones' comment, gave a stock reply and was asked if he rehearsed his answer.
"Yeah, I kind of practiced it on the way in," admitted Cruz.
Defensive tackle Chris Canty also began his career with the Cowboys, and he was quick to point out that Jones is a very successful businessman looking to excite his fan base.
"I don't think a lot of guys on our football team need bulletin board material to be excited and ready to play against a division opponent," Canty said. "The Cowboys are obviously one of the teams that we play twice a year. They're very familiar with us; we're very familiar with them. There aren't a lot of secrets between the two teams. It's really just a matter of strapping up and going out there and try to put yourself in the best position to be successful."