Rob Ryan: Must-win game vs. Giants

IRVING, Texas -- Jason Garrett’s one-day-at-a-time approach means no game is bigger than another.

On his radio show Friday on KRLD-FM, Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones said Sunday’s game against the New York Giants was a showdown. Executive vice president Stephen Jones said the game is “as big as they come.”

Defensive coordinator Rob Ryan is leaning more toward Joneses’ thinking.

“Down the stretch here, is this a must win?” Ryan asked. “In my opinion, yes it is. We need to win this game. It’s a hard game.”

Did Ryan tell the defense it’s a must win?

“I always tell them the truth,” he said.

To Ryan, Eli Manning is the biggest reason why Sunday’s game will be so difficult.

“If you watch the tape the last two weeks, you don’t want to watch it,” Ryan said. “Eli Manning threw 22 straight completions against the Saints, hung up 35 points against the world champion defense supposedly [Green Bay]. We’re up for a big challenge here, but our guys are ready to go. We’re anxious about this game. We’ve done our preparation and we can’t wait until it gets here.”

Manning had thrown for 3,705 yards with 23 touchdown passes and 11 interceptions. His 96.0 passer rating is fifth-best in the league among healthy quarterbacks, right behind Tony Romo (97.3)

“The guy’s playing excellent,” Ryan said. “He does a great job. He’s got an unbelievable touch. He will stand in there in the face of a damn hurricane and throw the ball. He’s really tough. We’re looking forward to this challenge. We’ve played some great quarterbacks during the year and this guy is no exception. He’s really playing well. He’s in that elite group for sure.”