The New York Giants are not in the same class as the Dallas Cowboys. So says retired Cowboy and FOX analyst Troy Aikman.
“The amount of pressure that this offense puts on an opponent — because they are so explosive that there’s a lot of pressure for an opposing offense to feel that they’ve got to go do something every time they have the ball,” Aikman told The Muse this week. “And if they don’t, they’re going to be down two scores. That’s going to be the challenge for the Giants. They’re coming off a big win, but they’re, in my opinion — and I understand in the NFL anybody can beat anybody and all that — but [the Giants] aren’t in Dallas’ class as far as I’m concerned.”
Did Giants coaches and players get wind of the comments? We hoped they would.
Troy Aikman says the Giants aren’t in the Cowboys’ class. Hopefully some Giants see that comment.
— TheGiantsWire (@TheGiantsWire) October 7, 2021
As it turns out, they did. And while literal bulletin boards no longer exist in East Rutherford, you can bet it was a topic of discussion in the locker-room even if head coach Joe Judge tried to downplay it.
“We don’t even have a bulletin board in there, to be honest with you. Everything’s screens and magnets and stuff now. We’re in the future now, so we don’t have bulletin boards anymore. Look, these guys are all active on Twitter and all that type of junk, so I’m sure they see stuff all the time,” Judge told reporters on Friday.
“I don’t think we really need any external motivation to show up and do our jobs and do them effectively, to be honest with you. I think you have to understand the magnitude of every game you play. These division games are obviously no different, so if we need somebody else to kind of get us in the mind frame to play, I think we have other issues at hand.”
Defensive lineman Leonard Williams took the approach that it’s Aikman’s job to make predictions and it’s his job to prove Aikman wrong.
“I think everyone’s entitled to their own opinion. That’s those guys job is to make predictions and all that type of stuff. It’s my job to come here and get better and practice and focus on winning the game,” Williams said.
“It really is any given Sunday. If you devalue the team you’re gonna go against, you’re not gonna prepare the same and you can get upset. You can’t overhype the team, as well, because you obviously have to feel like you have to compete with them,” he added, via the New York Daily News.
The Giants faced similar doubt last week. New Orleans Saints cornerback C.J. Gardner-Johnson said he “felt sorry” for Big Blue coming down to Louisiana just to go home with a loss. We all know how that panned out.
Can the Giants silence their doubters two weeks in a row?