The Eagles broke their Sunday Night Football skid with a victory over Chicago a few weeks back to move to 1-7 on NBC. The Giants are 1-1 this season on Sunday nights, with a win over Dallas in Week 1 and a loss to Arizona in Week 7.
Regardless of when, there is no question what is at stake Sunday night:
"Right now the Philadelphia Eagles are playing as well as anybody and they are going to have a chance to put their mark on this division," analyst Cris Collinsworth said.
"Big game," added NBC's Tony Dungy. "The Giants got their running game going last week. Philly has got to get their running game going to keep that defensive line off Donovan McNabb."
And the wild card here could be Michael Vick, coming off his two-touchdown performance last week in his return to Atlanta.
"You have to be more aware of Michael Vick," said Dungy, who also has been a Vick adviser. "I have a feeling Andy Reid may have been saving some things for the big division games down the stretch."
Added Rodney Harrison: "That's a big headache for defensive coordinators. It creates so many different problems."
EAGLES' WIN STREAK
The Eagles have won the last three games against the Giants, but neither coach was much interested in talking about that yesterday.
"No. I’m not going to talk about the three games," the Giants' Tom Coughlin said. "I think we are well aware of the first game here this year. We gave up a lot of big plays; didn’t stop the run. And, again, I think that is where it starts for us."
And Andy Reid: "Listen, every game is different. We understand that, so I am not going to get into all of that. Every time we play each other it’s a knockdown, drag out. That’s how it works, physical football game. This won’t be any different. It’s going to be one of those kinds of games. That’s how we are preparing ourselves."
Donovan McNabb shed a little more light on the subject, but only a little: "We just eliminated mistakes more than they did. When you play a game like this it’s about who wins the turnover battle and who capitalizes on mistakes. I think we have had the opportunity of having less turnovers than them and have put ourselves in position to score when the time was needed. I think that not only for this particular game, but that is how you win games in this league."