Historically, the prep work leading up to a football game often involves elaborate, overblown praising of the opposition. You wouldn't believe how good Arizona was in the days just before the Eagles' 48-20 victory last week; the Birds were ready to petition to have the waiting period for Hall of Fame induction waived to allow immediate enshrinement in Canton of Kurt Warner.

Way back heading into Week 1, the upshot of the conversation from NovaCare was that the Rams were about to embark on a Super Bowl season. Hide the women and children!

So when an opponent shows up on the schedule who really IS very, very good, the hype meter soars into stratospheric levels.

Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg Thursday declared that the defense of the 11-1 Giants has "no weakness."

Well, that settles that. Since the Birds are "Going Green" this year, maybe they should just cancel the buses headed up to the Meadowlands Sunday and take the forfeit. Save everybody time, and a little wear and tear on the planet.

"They're very, very good ... very good against the run, very good against the pass. Their secondary plays to the front just a little bit. We'll see what happens," Mornhinweg said, when someone asked if resistance ideed was futile

Mornhinweg did allow that his unit played with much more confidence last week against Arizona. "Virtually every position played better," he said.

And Mornhinweg said running back Kyle Eckel, who made good in his Eagles debut against the Cardinals by actually running the ball for a first down on third-and-1, has "earned the responsibility of playing a little bit."

So there you go, invulernable Giants. The Birds are bringing a secret weapon this time. Be very afraid.

UPDATE: A day after saying this was the best he felt since being injured in Week 3, Brian Westbrook did not practice Thursday because of his ankle and knee injuries. Westbrook did practice Wednesday and has been practicing on a limited basis for much of the last month. Correll Buckhalter and Shawn Andrews also did not practice.

Also, guard Max Jean-Gilles underwent surgery Thursday morning to repair a broken fibula in his right leg at Jefferson Hospital. He was placed on injured reserve Wednesday after suffering the injury last Thursday night vs. Arizona.