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Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Cowboys hope to break Giants' hex at home

By Todd Archer

IRVING, Texas -- Maybe DeMarco Murray was just playing along. Maybe he really was unaware the New York Giants are 4-0 at AT&T Stadium.

“Are they?” Murray asked Monday. “I don’t know, maybe they like it here. We definitely got to make sure we change that around a little bit. They’re a good team, a good team every year. Every game we play them we know it’s going to be a physical, hard game, and we’re excited for the challenge.”

For all of the furor created by Eli Manning signing his name to a wall inside the visitors locker room, which happens at a lot of stadiums across the NFL, the Giants’ victories have come by a grand total of 16 points with two-point, three-point, five-point and six-point victories.

Lawrence Tynes won the 2009 game with a field goal at the final gun. Tony Romo was knocked out of the 2010 game in the first half with a broken collarbone. Jason Pierre-Paul blocked a possible game-tying field goal in 2011 after Miles Austin lost a sure touchdown in the stadium lights. Last year, Dez Bryant's potential game-winning score was wiped out with his finger barely landing out of bounds.

Why such success for New York in Arlington? Jason Garrett doesn’t have to look far for answers.

“The Giants are a good football team,” the Cowboys' head coach said. “We have had some great games with them, and we’ve gone out there and played some great games with them. They have come down here and played some great games. They always seem to be close. They are always competitive. It’s an outstanding organization. It’s been a great organization for a long time. Their head coach [Tom Coughlin] is outstanding. He is a Hall of Fame coach. And they’ve got a lot of really, really good football players. So regardless of where you play them, it’s going to be a great challenge. We have great battles with them in both stadiums.”

The Cowboys are 2-1 at MetLife Stadium against the Giants.

“We need to go out and protect our home turf,” cornerback Orlando Scandrick said. “People got to feel like when they come to Dallas to play it's going to be a tough environment: ‘These guys play tough at home. They play hard all the time.’”

Maybe the name change will help the Cowboys now that their home is called AT&T Stadium, not Cowboys Stadium.

Anything helps at this point, no?