I can hear the Giants fans chirping now.
“Yo, but we’ve got three rings.”
Enough with that. Those three rings will have no impact on what is to transpire on Sunday afternoon at Lincoln Financial Field, nor will last year’s miracle comeback win by the Eagles that was capped by Desean Jackson’s game-winning punt return.
By now you’ve probably heard Giants’ safety Antrel Rolle’s clamor about Sunday’s game, but just in case you havent, here’s what he had to say.
“I hope Michael Vick plays, because at the end of the day I don’t want any excuses, you know, when we go down to Philly and put it to them the way we will.”
Ah, nothing like a little false bravado to get ready for gameday.
You know, Antrel, the Eagles have put up 40, 45, 27, and 38 points, respectively, in their last four contests against your team, right?
But this is 2011. A new year. A fresh start. So let’s live in the present. Oh, wait–the Giants’ defense hasn’t exactly been a shut down unit through this season’s first two weeks, either. They’ve allowed 22 points per game, while opposing quarterbacks have thrown for 636 yards (that’s 318 yards per game) and three touchdowns. They’ve yet to intercept a pass. But hey, why let statistics and facts stand in the way of some good ole’ fashioned trash talk?
Rolle also talked about shutting down Desean Jackson. While he and his depleted secondary very well may be able to that this week, it’s probably worth noting that in addition to single-handedly destroying the Giants’ playoff chances last season, Jackson totaled eight catches for 102 yards in two games.
And while Rolle seems to be fixated on the fourth-year receiver from California, he should probably be more concerned about the Eagles’ other starting wide receiver, Jeremy Maclin, who torched the Giants for 16 catches, 179 yards, and two touchdowns in the teams’ two meetings last year.
And so while it appears that Rolle and the Giants have done much huffing and puffing this week, there is little reason to believe they are coming into the Philly on Sunday to blow the house down.