The Jets aren’t surprising (or fooling) anyone.

All week long, the Jets have been shooting their mouths off. Rex Ryan has publicly said that his Jet team is better than the Giants. He has called Tom Coughlin one of the ‘greatest coaches ever’, but has been very public with his bashing. Is anyone surprised, though? This is just typical Rex, shooting his mouth off and putting his foot in his mouth after his team blows big games. Speaking of blowing big games, the Giants have been so dreadful over the last six weeks. Outside of Jason Pierre Paul, no one of the Giant defense seems to care. Eli Manning is doing his best, but the Giant defense as a whole has been absolutely atrocious. 

With that being said, here are three things to watch for and my pick for the game..

Key #1: Hakeem Nicks vs. Darrelle Revis

If you watch New York Giants football, you know that the Giant offense has become ‘Manning to Nicks’. Manning loves throwing to Victor Cruz, but Nicks is Eli’s main man. Nick has racked up nearly 1,110 yards and scored six touchdowns. Revis is one of the league’s best defensive players, but has never squared off against Nicks in a regular season game. Look for Eli to shy away from Nicks and get Cruz and Mario Manningham involved early and often.

Key #2: Who Will ‘Ground & Pound’?

Make no mistake–the Jets and Giants have been very poor at running the ball. The Giants rank dead last in football in rushing yards per game (86.1) while the Jets rank 21st (104.1). Defensively, both teams yield over 110 yards per game on the ground. Ultimately, the quarterback who keeps the opposing defenders off the line of scrimmage will have the most success at establishing the ground game. 

Key #3: Special Teams

We seem to harp on this every week. Mike Westhoff is one of the best special teams coaches of all-time, but the Jets have been downright atrocious on special teams. Due to the abundant amount of turnovers, they have used a plethora of return men. Current return man Jeremy Kerley has game breaking speed and can set the Jet offense up. Will he be able to hang onto the ball, though?

Verdict

The game is very, very simple to predict. The entire Giant offense is better than the Jet offense. In terms of linebackers and secondary personnel, the Jets are superior. However, the Giants have an established, lethal pass rush that can preserve leads. The Giants also have a Super Bowl winning coach–something that the Jets haven’t had in almost 50 years.

The Giants have shown up for big games (Patriots, at Philly, at Dallas) while the Jets have choked in big spots (New England twice, Baltimore, Oakland). Give me the classier team who has played up to their opponents.

NYG 21
NYJ 20