Can you feel it Philadelphia? Can you feel the mounting fear rising out of Upper New York Bay? Can you sense the urgency in a team that faces losing the first place stranglehold it has had for most of the year?
Well you should, Philadelphia, because the Eagles face a Giant challenge when the G-men come rolling into town.
This isn’t the same Giants team that the Philadelphia Eagles have owned over the past couple of years. Their defensive tarnish has been polished. Their inconsistent offense has become methodical and unfailing and the team as a whole has a silent swagger that is easily misinterpreted by the casual eye.
Oh no, make no mistake, the Giants are a deadly team.
But hold on New York fans, to think the G-men will come traipsing along and clip the birds wings isn’t exactly what I would call accurate.
The Eagles are flying high under the wings of one of the most electrifying quarterbacks in the league right now: Michael Vick. They are soaring to new heights with the aerial acrobatics of DeSean Jackson—one of the most electrifying receivers in the league.
Further, the Eagle call resounds in the unified and underestimated play of a defense that was thought to be too injured to compete.
But I digress.
The rivalry between the Philadelphia Eagles and the New York Giants is one of the most storied and bitter in all of football.
This is a perpetual duel that has been alive since 1933; a steadfast grueling four quarters that has both teams wearing their grudges like a crown.
Giants fans bleed blue; Eagles fans bleed green, and neither make for good company at the dinner table.
But despite the rivalry, and story behind these two teams, this Sunday is all the more important.
The Eagles have a chance to win three in a row—an accomplishment that has escaped the Philadelphia Eagle claws.
The Eagles have a chance to defeat the Giants for a fifth time in a row, an accomplishment that hasn’t been done since 1991 into 1992.
But the coup de grace isn’t the aforementioned, those aspects are ancillary when compared to the real prize: sole possession of first place.
But it won’t come easy.
WR Hakeem Nicks is one of the hottest trending receivers in the league ranked sixth overall. Eli Manning has tightened his game play and is currently the fifth ranked quarterback in the league. Ahmad Bradshaw is one of the most elusive running backs in the league and is currently ranked fourth overall, and that stingy Giants defense is the number one ranked defense in the NFL.
But the Eagles are no group of chumps themselves.
The Birds rank third in the NFL in total offense, third in the NFL in total rushing, and third in passing touchdowns.
The Giants certainly have their work cut out for them on the road.
Whether you look at points allowed or against or the comparison of play makers or even the team rankings, these two teams are more evenly matched in 2010 than in previous years.
All the making for one helluva Sunday Night Showdown.
Eagles vs. Giants; Vick vs. Manning; Jackson vs. Nicks; and Reid embattled with Coughlin. This is going to be four quarters of shear excitement for both parties, but for Eagles’ fans, a loss nullifies everything, rendering the matchups meaningless and wasteful.
For the only thing that truly matters to the Eagles and their insatiable fanbase is playing the role of David, and knocking down Goliath.