Since the Vikings showed up when nobody expected (it'd have been nice to have seen this Webb last week) we have a rematch with the Eagles instead of going back to Soldier Field, provided that we take care of business next week.
First, the good. We beat Philly in their house in week one, albeit Vick played half the game. Tonight's game tape should be multiplied and handed over immediately to every Packer defense personnel as the blueprint to stop Vick. Chicago, now that it has earned its bye for sure, will be less motivated to play us. I'm not saying that they will rest their starters, but they won't bother as much for example if they are down in the fourth quarter. Lastly, Philly really does not like to play the NFC North this year. They were handed three losses and were beaten twice in their house by NFC North foes.
The bad is that the Eagles are still the NFC team I fear the most. They have a QB who is playing out of his mind, two excellent WRs, a pro bowl RB who is very good in pass catching, and like Giants fans will tell you, Eagles have a deadly Special team, probably the best in NFL after Chicago. They will most likely rest all their starters next week, especially Vick and Jackson, since next week's game matters zero to them now. So we are going to play them on a virtual bye. And I am still haunted by the 2004 playoff game, the infamous 4th and 28 and everything else.
But maybe our team is in revenge mode this year. We got some payback on the Giants last week for that bitter 2007 playoff loss. Is it time to settle an old score with another NFC East foe?