New York Jets Head Coach Rex Ryan says he's more anxious about this season's opener than those games. Maybe because he's excited to face his brother... or Americas' Team.
The Jets and Cowboys meet Sunday night at the newly renamed MetLife Stadium In New York on the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.
In the offseason, Dallas hired Rex's twin brother Rob Ryan to run its' defense.
"Usually, it's like I go against my brother and all that and you have a lot of fun with that, but obviously I feel it's different, like a responsibility," Rex Ryan said. "The significance of it, I think it's stronger than any game I've ever felt. I feel more pressure on this game for whatever reason than any game I've ever coached, it seems like."
"I've been an assistant coach of the year in pro football and in college football, so apparently I'm pretty good," said Rob Ryan, who has retained the 3-4 defense the Cowboys used in 2010. "No one else believes it, but they all will after this game."
This will also be the debut as Head Coach of the Cowboys for Jason Garrett, who guided Dallas to a 5-3 record after Wade Phillips was fired due to their 1-7 start.
"When you're zero wins and zero losses with the whole season in front of you," Garrett said, "I think you are hopeful."
Cowboys starting cornerback Terence Newman didn't practice Wednesday and likely won't play Sunday because of a lingering groin problem, and fellow starting cornerback Mike Jenkins left practice with a knee injury. Starting right tackle Tyron Smith also left with a knee injury.
Kickoff 6:30pm on NBC Newschannel 9.