"This is survival of the fittest...This is do or die...This is the winner takes it all...So take it all."
—Hook from "Survival" (clean version), by Eminem
The winner will survive in its quest to compete for the NFC East division crown; the loser meanwhile stands to suffer a potentially fatal blow to their aspirations of earning a postseason berth.
A loss by the Giants would probably end any chance for the Giants (4-6) to position themselves for a run at the top of the division after starting the season with a six-game losing streak.
When asked about the upcoming game against the Cowboys in the locker room immediately after defeating the Green Bay Packers, defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul said, “There’s going to be a lot of blood spilled out there.”
On Tuesday, during his weekly radio spot on WFAN, safety Antrel Rolle, who believes that the game against the Cowboys "is going to determine the outcome of the season" for the Giants, backed up Pierre-Paul’s prediction.
"If JPP says there will be blood, then there will be blood," Rolle said.
The Cowboys, meanwhile, who are coming off a bye week, have been rather subdued after having their heads handed to them two weeks ago by the New Orleans Saints. Defensive end DeMarcus Ware, whom the Cowboys hope to have in the lineup on Sunday, has not been amused by the Giants’ brash talk about blood baths.
"You know, they have something to say every time we play them,” Ware told Todd Archer of ESPN on Thursday. "They try to put the gas on the fire every time."
Given the unpredictable nature of the NFC East, this weekend’s game might very well be the closest each team comes to a playoff-type of atmosphere.
Let’s look at five Giants whose performances will be key in helping ensure that New York ends up as the last man standing.