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Gramatica speaks

Gramatica talks about playing for the Boys.

"I never thought I'd be here," said Gramatica, knowing Vanderjagt's sparkling career numbers and the three-year, $5.4 million deal he signed with the Cowboys in the off-season likely would make him untouchable. "When I came to the workout I thought it was just a workout to see who was out there. I'm just happy that I'm here right now."

Nothing like being thrust into the fire, in a huge game, in the swirling winds of Giants Stadium.

"It's not as easy as starting in the preseason, just getting warm-up games," Gramatica said of arriving with five games left in the season. "I've got to be ready for whatever comes. I've been preparing; I've been working out all year like if I was going to play."

Here's another take on Gramatica coming on board.

Dallas players weren't completely shocked by the kicking switch.

"Bill's all about comfort and what he feels good with," tight end Jason Witten said.

"I don't know what message (Parcells) is trying to send. I just think he wants to win," said Tony Romo, who has led Dallas to a 4-1 record since replacing Drew Bledsoe as the starting quarterback. "Any position in this room needs to play well and needs to perform well on Sunday, and prove it to Bill."

Romo gets a shot at revenge on the Giants, the only team he's played poorly against.

"I don't look at it as a revenge game, but personally, I feel like I let the team down the last time we played," said Romo, whose first pass of the second half of that game was intercepted and led to a Giants touchdown. "I didn't play up to my own expectations. And I'm going to do everything I can to change that this time around. I'll be ready to go."

Romo's also up for another FedEx Air award.

For the second time in three weeks, Romo is one of three quarterback finalists for the FedEx Air & Ground Player of the Week award, which goes to the best performances by passers and runners from the previous week.

Romo, who passed for 306 yards and a Cowboys record-tying five touchdowns, also completed 22 of 29 passes for a quarterback rating of 148.9.

You can vote here for Romo.

Some Cowboys are having good seasons.

The Cowboys have five different players leading the NFC in statistical categories, including Romo, who tops all quarterbacks with his 110.8 QB rating. Marion Barber leads the NFC in touchdowns with 11, Terrell Owens is tied for first in receiving touchdowns with eight and punter Mat McBriar continues to lead the conference with a 48.8-yard average. And despite being on injured reserve, Tyson Thompson still leads the NFC with a 26.0-yard kickoff return average.

No wonder MB3 is leading in the offensive MVP poll - the one without Romo, of course.

Plaxico Buress explains why he quit on the interception that started the collapse. Manning says he expected Burress to fight for the ball. Coughlin has nothing much to say on the subject. That locker room must be a very interesting place this week.

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