It's not too difficult to get hyped up about this Sunday's game between the New York Giants and the Dallas Cowboys. The Giants are rolling with a four-game winning streak and are back in contention for the NFC East division crown.
The Cowboys have lost two of three but are fresh off of their bye week and still ahead of New York by one game in the standings. The game will be crucial for the playoff hopes of both teams.
Giants' defensive end and captain Justin Tuck did little to downplay the importance of the game when he met with reporters on Wednesday.
"I don't believe in the whole extra pumped-ness," said Tuck. "Every opponent you play you should be as amped that you can be to play. But, you know, people around me get a little more pumped. The fans get a little bit more pumped. It's a team that we have a lot of history against and it's a game that's of relevance to what we want to do this year."
The Giants and their fans should be quite pumped about an important game. After the team dropped its first six games of the season, including one versus the Cowboys, it looked like the whole season might be a wash. However, Tuck and the Giants have battled back and are once again relevant to the NFC playoff discussion.
"All of us were very confident that we could get out of that hole," said Tuck. "We felt as though we should have played a lot better to not have been in that hole to begin with. It's the cards that we've dealt ourselves and we need to figure out how to play the hand better. We did the last four weeks."
Even though the Giants have played better over the past four weeks, they still haven't beaten a team with a quarterback as good as Tony Romo this season.
During the team's four-game winning streak, the only opponent that had its regular quarterback available was Oakland, and Terrelle Pryor was limited by a knee injury.
There are still plenty of tough opponents on the schedule for New York, and there's still very little margin for error. The team's next four games – against Dallas, Washington, San Diego, and Seattle – will tell us a lot more about the 2013 Giants than the last four have.
"We've still got a long way to go," said Tuck. "And believe me, we feel fortunate to be where we are, but we also understand that we're not even close to where we need to be."