EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- It took a year, but Rob Ryan's defense finally had a performance against a playoff-caliber division rival worth boasting about.
His players had a told-you-so type of game against a team that embarrassed the Dallas Cowboys twice last season. The Dallas front seven whipped the New York Giants' offensive line. The revamped secondary smothered the defending Super Bowl champions' star receivers.
But the mouth that has roared so often didn't have much to say after Wednesday night's 24-17 win at MetLife Stadium.
"We're just getting ready for Seattle," Ryan said as he left the locker room, referring to Dallas' Week 2 opponent. "That's all you're getting. That's it. That's all I'm thinking about."
No talk of redemption about returning to the scene of the crime a little more than nine months after Eli Manning and Co. carved up the Cowboys with the NFC East title at stake on New Year's Day? No raving about DeMarcus Ware's dominance, the splendid play of Sean Lee and Anthony Spencer or Brandon Carr's brilliance?