OK Philly fans, let's take stock of your season so far.
You entered the year as the sexy choice to represent the NFC in the next SuperBowl after going out and scarfing up every real free agent of value once the lockout ended. Then you gave you stud QB, Michael Vick, a $100 million dollar contract to usher this new beefed up squad into a successful season. You beat the Rams in week one, all is right in the world.
Then you lose to Atlanta in a game Vick couldn't finish and this week you get your but handed to you in yet another game that Vick couldn't finish. Now your sitting at 1-2 with a franchise QB that has a non-throwing broken hand and has only finished one game since getting paid.
Not exactly what you had in mind, is it?
The Giants 29-16 win over Philly at Philly is just the latest example of why you have to play the games before getting crowned champs. It's also a good example that some teams just love to get payback as this game was a grudge one for New York after they lost the previous meeting at the Meadowlands last December when the Eagles rallied from a 21-point deficit with 8:17 left, and won 38-31. Where one win doesn't erase a loss, it does feel pretty darn good to deliver payback, as the Giants can attest to.
"It's always good to beat those guys, especially here," Eli Manning said. "They have good players and we knew we had to come in with the same game plan as last year and just finish it this time."
For Michael Vick, it's just another disappointing outing that ended with him nursing an injury. Sore in pride as much as body, Vick lashed out at officials in his post game interviews, citing that the refs are hesitant to throw a flag for late hits on him because he is a running quarterback.
"I was trying to protect myself," Vick said in his postgame news conference when talking about his latest injury. "Still didn't get a flag and that's pretty much been the story for the last three weeks. I mean, obviously at some point something catastrophic is going to happen and I broke my hand."
In replays, it appeared that Vick was the recipient of a helmet to helmet hit that wasn't called when the Giants Chris Canty hit Vick in the facemask with his helmet.
"Looking at the replays, I'm on the ground every time, and I'd be lying if I said I wasn't frustrated," Vick said. "The refs have got to do their jobs. And I mentioned it to the refs in training camp when I talked to them. I'm on the ground constantly, all the time. Every time I throw the ball, I'm on the ground. And I don't know why I don't get the 15-yard flags like everybody else does."
His frustration isn't just his alone as Philly Head coach Andy Reid has also expressed frustrated with seeing his QB on the ground without any laundry to be found.
"It bothers me to be honest with you. That bothers me. I see the same thing you're seeing and it bothers me," Reid said last December."He does run, but he's still the quarterback and you can't treat him like he's a running back there. That's not what the rules state."
Lack of calls aside, this Philadelphia team has got to start playing like a team on a mission if they are going to save this season and avoid being buried by expectations. If a team as injury hit as the Giants can shred them like they did, then something isn't right for the Eagles besides losing games.
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