It will be the battle of New York on Sunday when the Jets host the Giants. Neither one of these teams has been particularly good this year, but at least one of them will be able to get out with a win. After picking up wins in each of rookie quarterback Daniel Jones’ first two starts amidst bouts of wild optimism, the Giants have dropped five games in a row. They were lucky to see Saquon Barkley avoid significant injury, but there is still so much work to be done here. It is unclear if Pat Shurmur is the long-term answer, but this performance will tell us a lot.
When Sam Darnold missed several weeks with mono and the team had to play Luke Falk, who has no NFL experience, with a putrid offensive line, the results were never going to be good. Falk went 0-2, and as soon as Darnold returned, he led his team to a win over the Cowboys, and all looked right in Jets land. But they have gone 0-3 since then, including a loss to a Dolphins team that is openly tanking, also known as trying to lose games on purpose.
The spread for this game favors the Giants by 2.5 points, while the over/under is set at 44.5.
Looking For “Road” Win
The Giants share a facility with the Jets, so every four years, when they get together, it is not much of a journey, though it has to feel odd for the visiting team to play in a spot they play eight times a year, seen decked out a little differently. Barkley is healthy and producing, while the receivers continue to come in and out with various injuries across the board. Jones has not exactly been bad, but he has not impressed by any means since his two wins over losing football clubs. They have a good chance to win this one, though they will likely miss the postseason again.
The Giants’ pass rush has picked up 22 sacks so far, though New York has allowed its QBs to go down 28 times, which is more than three times per game. They have to get Darnold down and keep Jones upright.
Trying To Break Through
It has been a tough time to be a Jets fan, lauding the hire of Adam Gase in the offseason, only to see it all fail to come to fruition. Nothing has gone well for them, as the losses have piled up. They are just 1-7, surprisingly knocking off the Cowboys in Darnold’s first week back. Le’Veon Bell and Jamal Adams are supposed to be franchise cornerstones but had their names thrown around in constant trade talks. When will things finally go right for this organization?
Mark Sanchez took them to consecutive AFC Championship Games with Rex Ryan, but that is the only good news they have had in the past 12 years. They haven’t been able to clear the Patriots, while even Buffalo and Miami have managed playoff appearances.
Giants Pick Up The MetLife Win
It won’t be a pretty game, but Barkley will pick up 200 all-purpose yards to lift the Giants to the win.
Free Play: NYG -2.5
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