No sooner did the New York Giants step off the field from their Monday Night Football triumph over Saint Louis did the team start to focus on their next opponent: Division rival and increasing foe Philadelphia.
DE Justin Tuck had some things to say about the upcoming game. While Eagles fans recall the so-called Miracle at the Meadowlands with a mixture of awe and glee, the game, and specifically the 4th quarter Philadelphia comeback, will likely stay with Tuck forever.
“Last year will linger with me until I die,” he said.
As the Eagles have won the past 6 games against the Giants, one would think that the team would be hoping for their best chance to win against Philadelphia. And that means a Vick-less Eagles squad. Right?
Not so, says Tuck.
“But you always want to be beat teams at their best. Me personally, yes I do, I would love for him to play. I think he brings the best out of us, too. Maybe we go down there and he’s not in there, and we think, ‘Oh we’ve got this thing won.’
“If he’s playing, then we know we gotta be on our toes. That’s not a shot at whoever would play if he doesn’t play. We all know that Philadelphia’s a great football team. They got a lot of pieces to the puzzle. We’re going to have play a great game, regardless of if Vick plays or not.”
Safety Antrel Rolle wasn’t quite as poised about his comments about Philadelphia, though he shares Tuck’s desire to see Mike Vick play come Sunday.
“I want the best of the best, and he is the best. I hope Michael Vick plays, because at the end of the day, I don’t want any excuses when we go down to Philly and put it to them the way we will.”
Tuck likely summed up the sentiments of each and every one of his teammates about the Eagles and Philadelphia’s home opener .
“Everybody in that locker room feels as though we owe the Eagles a little something. “So that’s going to be a big game for us . . . Hopefully we can go down there and handle what that game is going to be about. Those fans are going to be rowdy, we know they’re going to be pumped.”
Each and every bit of talk from the Giants makes me that much more excited to see the Eagles work this out on the field against New York on Sunday. Because talk is cheap.
And when you’ve lost the past 6 straight games against a team you’re trying to talk trash about, talk is even less than cheap. It’s meaningless, as it’s clearly all you’ve got.