Big Blue Morning: A 'must-win?'

Your daily morning check-in on news and notes about and of interest to the New York Giants

The news of the day: The Giants' players have played it cool for much of this year, whether they've been on a winning streak or a losing streak. But they are making it quite clear that this Sunday's game against the Dallas Cowboys is one they cannot afford to lose. It is true that the Giants' next loss, whenever it comes, is going to have a completely devastating feel to it. Such is the nature of their circumstances at 4-6 with six games to play. They can only afford one more loss, total, if they want to finish with a winning record. And if this is the game they lose, they'll have blown a chance to pick up a half-game on the idle first-place Eagles and they'll be two games behind the second-place Cowboys and 0-2 in head-to-head games against Dallas ... Remains to be seen whether the Giants will have wide receiver Hakeem Nicks, who sat out Wednesday's practice with a mysterious and surprising groin injury. It doesn't sound as though anyone's worried about Nicks missing the game. And hey, it's not as though there's any track record of Nicks' performance suffering when he doesn't practice regularly due to lower body injuries, right? Right?????

Behind enemy lines: Cowboys defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin thinks the bye week it just had will help the Cowboys' defense, which is allowing more yards per game than any in the league.

Around the division: Redskins left tackle Trent Williams says an official verbally abused him in Sunday's loss to the Eagles, but he doesn't expect the NFL to do anything about it. Rough times in Washington, where frustrations are boiling over on a number of fronts.

Around the league: For your consideration, and hopefully your entertainment, my Week 12 edition of the MVP Watch. Still no Giants on it, sorry. But I hope you enjoy nonetheless.