Vick has looked suspect, as well as injury- and turnover-prone, while the Philadelphia Eagles appear on the verge of collapsing -- and that alone points to an outcome that should provide some insight into the type of team the New York Giants are going to be for the 2012 season.
You want the NFC East? Beat the Eagles! You want to pave an easier path toward defending the Super Bowl title? Make Sunday night's win look easy!
Consider this matchup a statement game, because if there was ever a moment for the Giants to shed their sporadic regular-season tendencies, this would be it.
"It's going to be a huge challenge going down there," Giants defensive end Justin Tuck told reporters. "They are going to be really fired up. That's what you live for. That's why you play the game. You get excited for matchups like this."
The Eagles, even at 2-1, appear as vulnerable as ever, having just lost 27-6 in Arizona.
They lead the league in turnovers (12). They have a quarterback, Vick, who leads the league with nine. They refuse to run the ball enough, despite having LeSean McCoy, one of the best runners in the game. They don't appear interested in pass protection, particularly with the absence of injured tackle Jason Peters and a hobbled replacement in King Dunlap (out last week with a hamstring problem).
"That's the media getting caught up with our offense and the effect someone can have on them," Eagles safety Kurt Coleman explained. "What about the rest of us? We are a team.
"We don't worry about what happens with our offense because we know what we can do and what we're capable of collectively. We have great players and great leaders on this team. We're not perfect, but we're pretty good and we have high expectations for ourselves."
Big words from a team fresh off an 8-8 reason, but Coleman actually does have a point.
The Eagles have won six of the past seven regular-season games versus the Giants. McCoy has averaged 103 yards from scrimmage in the six games he has played against the Giants. The Eagles, this season, have allowed the third-fewest passing yards in the league and the second-fewest yards per pass attempt.
Yet, at 2-1, they're still considered a suspect team on the precipice of disaster because no one's confident in how long Vick can last.
"I hear all the skepticism," Vick told me recently. "I understand it. It's not like folks are wrong for feeling what they feel because I know I can play better, I can make better decisions. But all you can do is take it game to game, make better decisions and hope you stay healthy. If I do that last part, I'll be just fine."
The thing is, Vick should not be just fine against the Giants.
With New York's front four, its experience and the ire Umenyiora obviously feels due to the smack McCoy has talked about him the past year, the Giants have all the incentive in the world to make sure Vick isn't fine.
"He's taken a lot of hits," Eagles coach Andy Reid explained. "Too many hits. So we've got to make sure that we try to fix that."
It's up to the Giants to see that the Eagles won't. At least for until another Sunday.
It became more difficult for the Giants when it was learned that wide receiver Hakeem Nicks is doubtful due to swelling in his knee. That puts more pressure on Victor Cruz and a novice named Ramses Barden, who played well in Week 3, to produce. Yet, somehow you're left with the impression that things will be all right so long as Manning is around.
In Vick's case, folks are vacillating between hoping he survives through the game without getting popped silly, or that he does get knocked senseless so some dude named Nick Foles can replace him.
"Whenever we see a turnover, our defense smiles," Coleman continued. "We're happy to be getting back on the field and getting after it. [The Eagles] know we have to limit the turnovers. But as a defense, our mindset is if we don't allow any points, we'll win games. And we expect to win every week. No matter who we're up against."
Did you hear that New York?