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Cruz on Philly: 'We don't enjoy playing there'

Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz (80) runs with

Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz (80) runs with the ball while being pursued by Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (23) and linebacker DeMeco Ryans (59) during the second half. (Sept. 30, 2012) Credit: AP

All things considered, Victor Cruz would rather not be in Philadelphia.

“We don’t enjoy playing there,” the Giants receiver said of the annual trip down the Turnpike. “It’s something we have to do.”

They have to do it on Sunday, returning to Lincoln Financial Field. So what makes it so terrible?

“Just the atmosphere and it’s not the best place we always want to go and play,” Cruz said. “We have to go there and play. We have to do what we have to do, but if we could play at home 16 games, we would.”

The Eagles might be amenable to moving the game to MetLife Stadium if the Giants asked (the stadium is available this weekend with the Jets on the road). They have lost nine straight home games. Their last home win was against the Giants last September. Of course, the Giants have lost eight straight road games.

Maybe they can just meet somewhere in the middle?

Ironically Philadelphia is where Victor Cruz became Victor Cruz. That was his breakout two-touchdown game in 2011 during which he unveiled his salsa dance to celebrate scores. He scored a third touchdown there last season.

So Cruz wasn’t 100 percent hating on the city of brotherly love.

“There’s other places that are worse,” he said. “But obviously Philly is up there.”

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