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    Remember when owner Jeffrey Lurie called last season's 8-8 record "unacceptable?" We can't wait to hear how he describes the encore performance.

    ESPN: We have no idea what's going on with the self-proclaimed World Wide Leader in sports. For a month now, their picks page hasn't been updated by Thursday morning. We're guessing they'll get around to it at some point, but as it stands, we're working from the premise that they're all recovering from too many fruitcakes at the company holiday party. Given that one person picked the Eagles over the Redskins last week (Eric Allen, natch), we'll wager that one person likes them this week too (yep, Allen).

    CBSSports.com: No one at CBSSports.com likes the Eagles, which has been a reality for several months now. And when we say "no one" we mean that literally. All nine experts are taking the Giants, an outfit that, in recent weeks, has played some of the worst football you'll ever see.

    Here's CBSSports.com's Pete Prisco, who is slightly more optimistic with the breakdown: "The Giants are barely alive, but they have to win here to have any chance. The Eagles will start Mike Vick here in what is likely his last game with the team. Can he show off for a new employer? The Giants haven't been good on defense, so I think he can. This will be high scoring and fun to watch. Giants, 37-30."

    Yahoo Sports: It's a Christmas miracle. Two of the three Yahoo experts are taking Philly. Honestly, we're surprised more people are on the Giants bandwagon given just how poorly they've played in recent weeks. Of course, the argument is that New York has something to play for while Philly's fate has been sealed for some time.

    What Vegas is saying (via OddShark.com):

    The Eagles are:
    * 2-8 against the spread in its last 10 games;
    * 1-10 straight up in its last 11 games;
    * 1-5 straight up in its last six games on the road;
    * 8-1 straight up in their last nine games when playing NY Giants;
    * 5-0 straight up in their last five games when playing on the road against NY Giants.

    The Giants are:
    * 2-5 against the spread in their last seven games;
    * 2-5 straight up in their last seven games;
    * 5-1 straight up in their last six games at home;
    * 1-8 straight up in their last nine games when playing Philadelphia;
    * 1-8 against the spread in their last nine games when playing Philadelphia;
    * 0-5 straight up in their last five games when playing at home against Philadelphia;
    * 0-5 against the spread in their last five games when playing at home against Philadelphia.

    * Me (7-5): We admit it, we're off the Eagles' bandwagon, too. We want to be on it, for sentimental reasons, and this team could beat a just-as-hapless Giants team Sunday. We just don't think they will. New York, 20-17.