The Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants certainly aren't strangers to each other. These two NFC East rivals have such a strong grasp of each other's rhythms and tempos on and off the field they are a lot like an old married couple.
In the past, these two teams have engaged in trash talk that left plenty of bulletin-board material for the other to feed off of when the game kicked off.
Yet as the 2012 season opens, neither team has really taken part in the verbal back-and-forth battles. That doesn't mean there haven't been players stirring the pot; it would not be a Cowboys-Giants game if there wasn't.
As we get ready for the start of the NFL regular season, what better way to ring the bell on the latest round of Cowboys vs. Giants than to look at the talk that has been going on?
BRANDON CARR STILL HATES THE GIANTS
If you want to find trash talk for this game, all you have to do is find Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr, because he has been all over the media about his distaste for the Giants.
Here is what Carr told the media on Monday about this rivalry that he is about to partake in for the first time. (via CBS New York)
“They’ve had great success, winning two Super Bowls in the past five years, however it is. I think guys are kind of getting tired of seeing that. So now it’s to the point, guys are getting fed up. It’s pretty much the attitude, ‘When is it going to be our time?’"
It's not exactly the most noteworthy quote, but it does give a glimpse into the psyche of where the Cowboys are at right now. They want to be where the Giants are so badly that it is taking a toll on their minds.
VICTOR CRUZ DOESN'T CARE ABOUT BRANDON CARR
Speaking of Brandon Carr, he made a point to talk about Victor Cruz's salsa dancing and stated that he won't be dancing as long as Carr is covering him.
Cruz could have gotten involved in Carr's mind games, but he decided to take the high road and let his play do the talking.
"We respond a lot better ... when you tell us that we can’t do something. You tell us we are 7-7 and we are not going to be able to make the playoffs and we still have all our goals in sight, we want to prove those guys wrong."
The Cowboys signed Carr, in large part, to handle players like Cruz, who burned the Cowboys defense when they were trying to fight their way into the postseason last year. He needs to make good on his word to keep Cruz in check.
MATHIAS KIWANUKA WANTS TO SACK JERRY JONES
It doesn't matter how old he gets, Jerry Jones is always going to champion the Dallas Cowboys to anyone who will put a microphone in his face.
On Aug. 1, Jones spoke to fans at a ceremony and was quoted as saying some colorful language about this game in particular. (via ESPN Dallas)
"Y'all should come to that (Cowboys) stadium and watch us beat the Giants' a**."
Hearing about this bold prediction from Jones, Giants linebacker Mathias Kiwanuka used that word in a retort to Jones when speaking on WFAN radio with Boomer and Carton in New York, saying the Giants "have been whupping his a** for a long time."
The Cowboys are just 1-5 against the Giants since the start of the 2009 season, so Kiwanuka has a lot more room to talk than Jones.