Expect Barber to play

On Wednesday, Jim Fassel said that he was "fairly confident" that both RB Tiki Barber and LB Micheal Barrow would play Monday night against the Eagles.

Both players are listed as probable. Barber ran some on Wednesday and told Fassel that he felt good enough to play against Philadelphia.

The Giants list three players as questionable: DT Keith Hamilton, who said he'll play, CB Will Allen and WR Ron Dixon. The Eagles, expecting the return of RB Duce Staley, should be totally healthy Monday.

As for the match-up with the Birds, whom the Giants have beaten nine consecutive times, Fassel said, "They want to beat us probably worse than any other team in the National Football League."

* Michael Strahan was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week after his four-sack afternoon in St. Louis. It was the second time in the last three weeks that Strahan took home those honors.

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