The Dallas Cowboys have everything in front of them, and one little nagging thing behind them: the New York Giants.
The winners of 11 straight games, the Cowboys can clinch the NFC East and move a step closer to nailing down home-field advantage for the conference playoffs if they can beat the Giants at MetLife Stadium on Sunday night.
While the Cowboys insist this is just another game, you know there has to be some churning inside them in facing their division rivals.
After all, the Giants are the reason Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott and company aren't perfect.
New York posted a 20-19 win in Dallas in the season opener, and one has to believe Jason Garrett's crew wants payback. And if not that, the Cowboys certainly don't want to go into the playoffs wondering if they can beat the Giants.
The Giants know the Cowboys will be motivated.
"They're on a roll right now and I'm sure they don't want to lose," Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. said. "We're the only team that has beaten them.
The challenge got bigger for the Giants on Wednesday when defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul was lost for at least the rest of the regular season after having surgery to repair a sports hernia.
Not only did the team lose one of its playmakers on defense, it came in a week when the Giants are facing new questions after a poor performance in Pittsburgh ended their six-game winning streak. They still hold the top spot in the wild-card playoff chase, but their schedule is tough with Detroit, Philadelphia and Washington in the final three weeks.