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Proud Giants defense ready to bounce back from disappointing 2012 as regular season looms

If one thing bugged New York Giants defensive players the past nine months, it was the constant questions about finishing next to last in the NFL rankings last season.

It was embarrassing for a group that led the team to a Super Bowl the previous season, and management made moves to offset it.

And now, as a new season nears, it's all about moving forward for the players.

That season begins Sunday at Dallas against a potent Cowboys offense, and the Giants defenders believe they are better prepared for it now.

Safety Antrel Rolle even has a guarantee. Cowboys tight end Jason Witten isn't going to catch a Dallas-record 18 passes, like he did against New York in October.

That's a start.

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