Forget the days when Eagles-Cowboys was the biggest rivalry in the NFC East. Now it’s not even the biggest rivalry for Philadelphia. These Birds hate the Cowboys, sure, but not as much as they hate the Giants.
“From what I can tell, it’s more in favor for [hating] the Giants [the most],” said Quintin Mikell. “Dallas I guess, I don’t know where the Dallas thing comes from. But for me personally and in this locker room, it’s more about the Giants.”
Perhaps because New York has won 10 or more games five times in the last 10 years, while the Cowboys have only done it three times in that span. Regardless of the reason, Quintin Mikell says this is the biggest rivalry game on the schedule. The Eagles have also fared well against the Cowboys since 2000, going 13-6. Against the Giants, things are more even. Philadelphia is 13-10.
“When you think about football and what it should be about, I think of these games,” Mikell said. “I think about big plays, big hits, physicality, you know, bruised up for the next week. That’s what I think about when I think about the Giants.”
Of those 23 meetings, 11 have been decided by 10 points or less. Three have gone to overtime and three have been playoff games, increasing the intensity between the bitter rivals.
“It’s always physical, always trash talking,” Mikell said. “There’s just a big history behind the game that makes it such. That’s really what it’s about.”
The rivalry is bigger than those in other divisions, according to Asante Samuel. Since coming to Philadelphia for New England, Samuel said he’s noticed that all of the NFC East rivalries are more defined than those in the AFC East. The NFC East has the highest totals of conference championships and Super Bowl titles of any division in the league.
Another member of the Eagles secondary, Nate Allen, will be playing in his first game against the Giants. The rookie from South Florida said he didn’t experience anything like it in college, since the Bulls were building their program during his time there.
“It never was really as big as some of the rivalries I’m going to be having here, so I’ve never really experienced a big, big rivalry situation, but it’ll be fun,” Allen said.
As far as Quintin Mikell is concerned, it should be pretty simple for Nate Allen, or anyone to figure out.
“We’re going to go out there and they don’t like us, we don’t like them and that’s going to be that,” Mikell said.
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