Last week the Giants absolutely destroyed the Oakland Raiders, who the Eagles face this week. That the Giants outmatched the Raiders talent-wise is pretty obvious... but LB Antonio Pierce was shocked to find that talent isn't the only problem. He doesn't think the Raiders even care.
"I do not like knocking teams. But right now, they're struggling. We're playing that game the other day and, honestly, it felt like a scrimmage, like a practice. It felt like we were going against our offense (in a controlled setting) as far as the tempo.
"There was no vibe of trying or effort from the Raiders at all from a defensive standpoint against their offense. We're getting three-and-outs. You don't hear nobody (saying), 'Hey, let's go!' trying to pick the guys up, rallying them, getting guys fired up. There was nothing. It was quiet. A guy gets sacked or somebody gets beat, they just get up. It's not like there's yelling or no kind of (emotion) about the way they were playing.
"It was shocking to be out there in that game and get that kind of feeling."
That's a pretty damming assessment. There are players who talk trash, but rarely if ever do you see them go this far. Pierce didn't come off as if he was just trying to rub salt in the Raiders' wounds after his team thrashed them. He seemed genuinely shocked at not only how bad they were but how little they cared.
Will this serve as some sort motivation or will the Eagles face the same listless team this weekend in Oakland?