The image we have of the New York Giants morale is something like Ramses Barden on the sideline last week after his huge breakthrough game helped Big Blue absolutely dismantle Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers: ear-to-ear smile, teeth shining. The Philadelphia Eagles, ehhhhh not so much. Michael Vick & Co. got dismantled last week by the Arizona Cardinals, and come limping home to Philly for the big division matchup.
We watched the Eagles-Cardinals game (thanks FOX) and have two lasting images: Mike Vick lying on his back in pain and 'Zona defenders streaking down the field with the ball in their hands with blocking caravans. Vick was sacked five times and hit an astonishing thirteen times. The Eagles were down 24-0 at the half and didn't show much fight in the second half.
And the Eagles have bigger troubles than a smack down from the Cardinals and a bruised and battered Vick: Jeremy Maclin still isn't back on the field with a hip pointer; the makeshift offensive line that was a large part of Vick getting bit by the Cardinals defense is going to be out there again (my favorite headline was one from Yahoo! Sports that read "Philadelphia Offensive Line in Shambles"); and their big-name secondary still can't figure it out.
But this could go one of two ways for the Eagles: this can be the start of a downward spiral like they slipped into early last year, or this can be a kick in the backside that makes them angry, has them coming out fighting next week at Lincoln Financial Field.
And if it's the latter, the Giants might be in trouble if they're spend the week patting themselves on the back over a win that was too easy, against a Panthers team that really didn't show up at all last Thursday. Here's to hoping Giants take what still could be a dangerous Eagles team seriously.
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