New York Jets vs. New York Giants
It’s the battle of New York, that’s played in New Jersey, as the New York Giants and New York Jets meet for a week three preseason game in the stadium they both call home, the New Meadowlands.
Tom Coughlin is not a Head Coach who gets too excited about a teams’ success and after the New York Giants 41-13 pounding of the Bears, it was no exception. A lot of the Giants’ success will be on the shoulders of QB Eli Manning who looks to bounce back from a 25 interception season. Manning’s backfield mates look to be in midseason form as Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs look ready for action and rookie Da’rel Scott broke a 97 yarder against the Bears to garner plenty of attention. Mario Manningham seemed to be the target against the Bears but Hakeem Nicks is the main man when it comes to the Giants’ wide receivers while Domenik Hixon has the ability to contribute and fan favorite Victor Cruz is a motor guy. Justin Tuck appears to be in better shape than ever on the defensive line and while Osi Umenyiora has knee issues, Jason Pierre-Paul looks like he is on the verge of a big year. The big and not so good news for the Giants defense comes in the secondary where Terrell Thomas is gone for the year and after already losing rookie Prince Amukamara, the already thin corners turn to Aaron Ross to fill in for Thomas. With Marcus Kiwanuka moving to OLB and Michael Boley on the other side, Big Blue looks like they are in position to get back to the playoffs this season.
The New York Jets and head Coach Rex Ryan have only one goal this season: to win the Super Bowl. The Jets fell a game short of making it to the big game a year ago but with QB Mark Sanchez another year more experienced New York feels they have the edge to get them over the top. Sanchez still has Santonio Holmes to throw to and with the addition of Plaxico Burress the Jets look like they have added another player who can help them win games. In the backfield Shonn Greene should see an increased workload but LaDanian Tomlinson didn’t show any signs of slowing down last year when he was carrying the bulk of the load. The Jets know it all starts up front on both sides of the ball and those years of drafting offensive linemen is paying dividends as Nick Mangold and D’Brickshaw Ferguson are some of the best in the NFL. Ryan’s teams always center around the defense and this year will be no different. Muhammad Wilkerson and Mike DeVito are 300 plus pound ends with Sione Pouha and his 325 pounds making the Jets three man front push the 1,000 pound mark. Bart Scott and David Harris man the middle while Calvin Pace and Bryan Thomas have the outside. Darrelle Revis is one of the top corners in the game and what Antonio Cromartie gives up in tackling ability he makes up for in coverage skills. Jim Leonhard returns from injury to QB the defense