The Eagles have less fight in them than poodles in loss to Giants

Did the Eagles wait until next week for their bye?Nuh-uh. No way. They took tonight off against the Giants in the Meadowlands, losing a listless 16-3 yawner to plummet to 1-3.Perhaps the Birds were hung over from the Phillies’ clinching of the NL East title Sunday afternoon.Or perhaps they simply were decimated by playing without five injured starters in running back Brian Westbrook, safety Brian Dawkins, cornerback Lito Sheppard, offensive tackle Thomas and tight end L.J. Smith.Obviously losing Westbrook hurt, but Correll Buckhalter wasn’t bad in relief. He rushed for 103 yards on 17 carries and caught four balls for 35 yards.But the real ouch of a loss was Thomas. Second-year OT Winston Justice, who essentially was red-shirted as a rookie after being a stud at USC, supposedly filled in for Thomas. But Justice resembled a turnstile more than an offensive tackle. He was totally terrorized by Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora, who had a whopping six sacks as the Giants accumulated an amazing 12 sacks overall. That dirty dozen tied the NFL record.Donovan McNabb was reduced to a human piñata by all that Giants’ pressure, somehow standing upright long enough to complete 16 of 32 passes for a pedestrian 138 yards.McNabb went through more hits than a DJ on a golden oldies station. No wonder he had to have his left hand X-rayed. McNabb said he’d suffered a sprain that should be OK by the time the team begins preparations for its next game, back at the Meadowlands Oct. 14 against the Jets.With Westbrook out, the Eagles couldn’t counter the Giants’ relentless pass rush with explosive screens or edge runs. And the Philly wideouts kept getting jammed at the line, neutering their contributions. The Eagles’ offense was as lifeless as a mummified Pharaoh. And the Birds’ coaches were dweebs in headsets as they failed to slide a tight end over to Justice’s side to help prevent the Giants’ carnage of McNabb.Well, the Birds undoubtedly will be saying they have to go back to the drawing board. But just where is this drawing board? In the lavatory? Because the Giants may have flushed the Eagles’ season down the toilet.In fact, cleaning the bathroom had to be more fun than watching the Giants turn the Eagles into such pathetic sad sacks.