The New York Giants are heading down to Texas to take on the Dallas Cowboys this weekend knowing they face a fight on the gridiron against the surprise package of the 2014 NFL season so far.
But whilst the Giants-Cowboys contest at the AT&T Stadium Sunday afternoon is sure to grab many people's attention for a few hours, the city of Dallas has been in the headlines this week for a far more serious matter.
With three diagnosed cases of Ebola having been reported in the city of Dallas the city's pride in their football team has taken a little bit of a back seat since that shock win at CenturyLink Field, the home of the current Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks, in Week Six.
And with Dallas having only today been considering a 'disaster declaration' as concern grows in the US as a whole, the arriving New York Giants are taking no chances.
The New York Post's Paul Schwartz revealed that the franchise has handed out information about the disease to both playing and coaching staff in the run up to their trip to the lone star state.
"Our athletic trainers and team physicians have been briefed on the scope of the Ebola-virus disease," said Giants spokesman Pat Hanlon. "We have distributed a fact sheet to our employees and distributed similar information to our players electronically."
Giants keeping calm
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning is keeping calm regarding the situation despite the high alert status - putting faith in the franchise's preparations.
"I don't worry about myself or my team," explained the QB of the 3-3 Giants.
"I think what we're doing, where we're staying, I think we'll be ok."
But while the players themselves may be content to head to Dallas for what is looking like an increasingly important game of football, cornerback Prince Amukamara admitted that he and other members of the roster might not be so keen to take their families, explaining to ESPN.
"Guys might think twice if they were planning to bring their wives or their families with them on a trip like this."
The game itself will be a tough one for the Giants with the Dallas Cowboys high on confidence having begun the season with a 5-1 record.
A Week Seven match up against their NFL East match up may have been slated as a win prior to the season but Tom Coughlin and his team know that they face a tough task to stop the likes of Romo and Murray in their own stadium, regardless off the off-field issues.
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