You ready for a rivalry week?
The Eagles and Giants mouths were off and running before the first practices of the week. Of course, the Eagles have had the better side of this Jersey Turnpike battle recently, winning six straight against the Giants, including the memorable 21 point rally last December at the new Meadowlands.
"It’s a new season, it's a new year. We understand that we have to go out there and play the game," said wide receiver Jeremy Maclin. Innocent enough. Then he added this, "on the other hand, they have no business talking, because they haven’t done anything the last six times."
Maclin didn't start the trash talk -- LeSean McCoy and Osi Umenyiora helped get that going via Twitter this summer and the Giants' Antrel Rolle fed the flames this week, saying on New York radio that he could "handle" DeSean Jackson.
Did the Eagles make the right move by replacing Casey Matthews at middle linebacker with Jamar Chaney?
"He’s just talking," Maclin said. "A lot of times people talk, they’re either insecure or scared, so you guys choose ... he’s talking so it says something."
One person who has a unique view of the animosity between the two teams is Steve Smith, who moved to the Eagles from the Giants, but not before ripping the Eagles for a lack of trophies on Twitter.
Smith did everything he could to defuse any questions about his role in the rivalry and the upcoming game.
"I’m an Eagle now and I’m excited about now," Smith said.
Reporters kept pressing.
"Just another game for me right now," he said.
Asked if he had something to prove to his old team, Smith said, "What do I gotta prove? I know exactly what I can do. I proved a lot in that uniform. It’s time to prove something in this uniform."