Expect a physical battle when the Jets and Giants square in a battle between the Big Apple’s two major football teams. Trash talk has already begun as Giants’ rookie RB Andre Williams claimed that the Giants were ‘the real New York team’. Jets’ veteran offensive lineman did not respond to Williams’ trash talk. He’d rather let his play do the talking. The Jets and Giants are collectively 5-0 so far this pre-season, but as we’ve seen years past, pre-season performance does not correlate to regular season success. Both teams must fix issues on both sides of the ball.
For the Jets, establishing an offensive early on will be critical. All signs point towards Geno Smith starting under center, so Rex Ryan and Co. will want to see the offense move the ball. In addition, Ryan is hoping his team will clean up some of their play. The Jets were flagged for seven personal fouls last weekend against the Cincinnati Bengals, who scored 40 points on the Jets last year. The Jets first round pick, safety Calvin Pryor will get the start on defense. The Jets are hoping wide receiver, Eric Decker will suit up for the first time this season.
For the Giants, the first team offense must play better! Eli Manning is just 7-for-16 for 49 yards in his three pre-season games. The Giants are installing a new ‘West Coast’ offense under first year coordinator, Ben McAdoo. McAdoo was the quarterbacks’ coach in Green Bay last season. Many are citing Manning’s physical limitations as the main issue surrounding the offense. However, Manning hasn’t had the luxury of star WR Victor Cruz or first round WR, Odell Beckham at his disposal. Beckham (hamstring) will not play on Friday night.
Current NFL odds list this game as a straight up Pick’Em. Overall, I like the Giants in this game. The offense needs to have a big showing and I think the team will play with a sense of urgency. Take the Giants with your NFL Picks!
Selection: New York Giants -ML