You can soak up the atmosphere as one team representing a city only four years removed from calamity hosts another in the throes of its own. If you're an NFC East partisan -- and in this town there's a 90 percent chance you are -- you can ponder the effects of the Giants' unprecedented nine home games. And however the game plays out, you can be sure you've never seen a scenario like this in the NFL.

As for that "rivalry" game:

It has all the competitiveness of Notre Dame-Navy: The Cowboys have won 14 of the last 15 against the Redskins.

Its stakes compare favorably with, oh, Bengals-Browns: Dallas and Washington haven't met in a game in which both have serious postseason aspirations in this millennium, during which time their combined record is 54-76.

And it has the star power of an episode of VH1's "I Love the '90s": The most luminescent players to step on the field at Texas Stadium will be Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith and Michael Irvin, except they won't actually be playing.

You can watch Drew Bledsoe cross canes with Mark Brunell. I'll watch America's team -- that's the New Orleans Saints, Cowboys fans.

-- David Larimer