Why this is their biggest game of the year
New York Giants (2-1) at Eagles (2-1), Sunday, 8:20 p.m., Lincoln Financial Field
The Eagles need to bounce back from their awful effort against Arizona and do it in a hurry. A victory over the Giants would suffice since it would give them at least a share of first place in the NFC East. Getting emotionally ready for the game shouldn't be a problem. The Eagles will honor former safety Brian Dawkins, one of the most emotional players in team history, at halftime. Maybe Dawkins should lead them out of the tunnel.
Evaluating the Eagles
(Observations from the 27-6 loss at Arizona)
Cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha: Has yet to live up to the hype.
Tackle Demetress Bell: King Dunlap can't get healthy fast enough.
Wide receiver/returner Damaris Johnson: Fumbled punt ruined an otherwise solid performance.
Running back LeSean McCoy: Could have tried harder to make the tackle.
Quarterback Michael Vick: Half of the hits were his fault.
Coach Andy Reid: Eagles appeared unprepared.
Evaluating their wide receivers
Johnson did a nice job of filling in for injured wide receiver Jeremy Maclin. The rookie free agent led the team with five receptions for 84 yards. The Cardinals underestimated his quickness. DeSean Jackson had trouble getting open against double coverage. His 14-yard gain at the end of the first half would have been much bigger had he been able to fight his way into the end zone instead of getting tackled at the 1-yard line.
3-and-out with Andy Reid
(Quotes provided by the team)
Q: If the turnovers continue, will you consider a change at quarterback?
A: Right now we're with Michael and that's what we're doing. We'll evaluate as we go.
Q: Will (rookie) quarterback Nick Foles get more practice reps this week?
Q: How did center Dallas Reynolds play?
A: I thought after the first two series he settled down. I thought he was anxious the first couple series, but he played a pretty good game after that.
David Weinberg, 609-272-7186