The rivalry between the New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles is arguably one of the most historic and heated across the NFL and one player isn't sugar coating his feelings about playing in the City of Brotherly Love.
"We don't enjoy playing there," admitted star wide receiver Victor Cruz. "We have to go out there and take care of business on the road. Coach Coughlin always preaches road warriors, so we have to go out there and perform on the road. That's the only way you're going to have success in this league."
The Giants were blasted by the Eagles 36-21 at MetLife Stadium in Week 5, even after starter Michael Vick left the game late in the second quarter with a hamstring injury. Backup signal-caller Nick Foles stepped in and completed 16-of-25 pass attempts for 197 yards and two touchdowns; sending New York to its fifth consecutive loss. Heading into this Sunday's NFC East matchup, Foles is likely out with a concussion and Vick is expected to make his return for the first time since suffering the setback to his hamstring. Cruz and company are looking to build some solid momentum after a disastrous start to the season, and Big Blue's best pass catcher isn't exactly expecting a warm welcome from the folks at Lincoln Financial Field.
"Just the atmosphere, and it's not the best place we always want to go play," said Cruz. "I mean we have to go there and play, we have to do what we have to do. If we could play 16 games at home we would."
The Giants are winless on the road this season and have lost their last eight road games dating back to last season. Cruz stopped short of calling Philadelphia the worst place to play, but it's still apparently far down his list of preferred destinations.
"There are other places that are worse, but obviously Philly is up there," said Cruz.
Rick Laughland covers the New York Jets for Greenandwhitereport.com