Antrel Rolle can’t promise that the Giants’ defense will dominate Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys and he won’t guarantee that the Giants will win in the House that Jerry Built yet again.

But the loud-mouthed safety will tell you this much: On Sunday night Jason Witten will not own the Giants secondary. Yes Witten caught 18 passes for 167 yards in a 29-24 Giants win last October.

No Rolle vowed he’s not going wild again. “He’s done that one time since I’ve been here had that miraculous game” Rolle said Wednesday. “That’s not gonna happen again. I can assure that. He will not have 17 18 catches a game. That’s not gonna happen again.”

Rolle assured nothing else though because this Giants defense will travel to Dallas with nothing on its resume and everything to prove. A season ago Perry Fewell’s unit was one of the worst defenses in the NFL ranking second-to-last in the entire league in total yards allowed.

Witten was hardly the only player who terrorized a beleaguered Giants secondary. Witten Miles Austin and Dez Bryant all topped 100 receiving yards in that game. The next week Steelers speedster Mike Wallace would turn a harmless slant into a dazzling 51-yard catch-and-run TD and the week after that Bengals star A.J. Green would rip the Giant ‘D’ for having “holes” and then back it up with his receiving score.

Can this Giants team really be better?

This Giants defense of course wants to be different and Jason Pierre-Paul believes it can be.

“This team this defense we’ve got one of the greatest defenses” JPP said. “There were certain plays where we didn’t stop the run game last year. But us guys know in here we’re a good defense.”

He recalled the Super Bowl run of 2011. “We proved it what two years ago?” he said. “This is a whole new year. We’ve got all new guys. But I think we’ve got one helluva defense. And we will see.”

Pierre-Paul will be the key to that defense both on Sunday and throughout 2013 but as of Wednesday the fourth-year defensive end who had back surgery in June still wasn’t ready to commit to playing in Dallas. Cowboys coach Jason Garrett and quarterback Tony Romo both said they’re preparing to face Pierre-Paul and a pass rush that barely breathed on quarterbacks in the preseason could certainly use his presence.

But while JPP said he’s “still on track” and “getting better and better every day” he also admitted that his conditioning is still lacking and added that if he does play Sunday he won’t simply be “a third-down guy.”

“I like to go out there and take all the snaps if I can. . . . It’ll be on me definitely if I could play or not” he said. “It’s all on Friday.”