Giants and Eagles braced for a battle

09/28/2012 3:02 PM ET
By Ed Valentine

There is no love lost between Osi Umenyiora's Giants and LeSean McCoy's Eagles.(AP)
In a division filled with bitter rivalries, the one between the New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles is probably the most intense of all. The two teams renew acquaintances Sunday night (8:20 p.m. ET) at Lincoln Financial Field.

“It's big. It's huge. Obviously, there's a lot of animosity between the two teams because of the way some of the games have turned out and they're a good team,” Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora said. “They're desperate for a win right now, obviously we're more desperate for a win ourselves, so it's going to be a great game.”

Umenyiora, of course, has seen his rivalry with the Eagles spill over into a personal war of words with Eagles’ running back LeSean McCoy, who has referred to him as a “ballerina.”

Both teams enter the game 2-1, tied atop the early-season NFC East standings with the Dallas Cowboys.

“There has been some unbelievable football games played between these two teams,” Giants coach Tom Coughlin said this week.

Since Coughlin became Giants’ coach in 2004 the Giants are 9-9 against the Eagles. Each team was won the division three times during Coughlin’s tenure as coach. The Giants, though, have two Super Bowl titles during that time and four in their history. The Eagles are still searching for their first.

“These games go to the wire, and these teams play hard against each other. It's in the division, it's a rival,” Coughlin said. “It seems like each one of the teams in our division, there's a unique rivalry with each one of these teams. Certainly with the Philadelphia Eagles it is that way, for sure.”

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