NFL Preseason: New York Jets vs New York Giants
When: 7:00 PM EDT, Saturday, August 26, 2017
Where: MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey
Lines: NY Giants -5
Longtime in-state rivals will hook up this evening at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford New Jersey as the New York Jets rumble with the New York Giants in the 3rd preseason game for both teams. The Jets won their preseason opener against the Titans by a score of 7-3, but then fell in game two to the Lions by a score of 16-6. The Giants lost their opener to the Steelers by a score of 20-12.
The Jets Have Absolutely No Offense At All
The New York Jets are in for a long year and the reason for that will be the fact that they have absolutely no offense at all. Last year they were 30th in the league in scoring at 17.2 ppg and 26th in total offense at 329.2 ypg and their year’s offense may be even worse than that. They are 1-1 in the preseason so far, but they have scored just 13 total points in those two games on just 255 yards of total offense. In a league where scoring continues to go up, the Jet offense continues to go the other way. Ryan Fitzpatrick and Geno Smith are both gone and so this year’s offense is in the hands of Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg, who have combined for six career games played and Josh McCown, who has struggled his career, with consistency and health. The offense lost receivers, Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker so whoever wins the QB job will not have many good weapons to throw too. They did take WRs Chad Hansen and ArDarius Stewart in the draft and both have three receptions through the first two games.
This is a team that will have to run the ball a ton this year and they do have Matt Forte and Bilal Powell, but their job will not be all that easy as the offensive line is a mess, especially with the loss of Nick Mangold to free agency. Forte has yet to play a game in the preseason and it is unclear if he will play in this game. The Jets have not had may worries on defense so far in the preseason as they have allowed just 19 total points and 255.5 ypg, which is 6th in the league. Last year, they were 11th in the league in total defense and 28th in points allowed, giving up 25.6 ppg. Those ppg allowed were more of a result of an offense that continually put them in a bad spot. The Jets were below average in pass defense at 243.6 ypg allowed, so they took a couple of safeties with their first two picks and so far they have allowed just 146.5 ypg through the air. The Jets will clearly be led by their defense this year.
Giants Need To Work On Their Run Game
This is being written prior to the Giants game on Monday night against Cleveland. In that game, the Giants will really be looking to get their offense going as it struggled in their opening 20-12 loss to Pittsburgh. They put up just 242 yards of total offense in that game, but we also note that Eli Manning did not play at all that game and the offense was led by Geno Smith. That is not good, but smith did hit 10 of 16 passes in the game for 114 yards, but he also had an INT and no TDs. Typical Geno Smith numbers and he is in a battle for the backup spot. Also in the mix is David Webb and Josh Johnson. This team will be in big trouble if Manning were to get injured. Manning still has a strong WR corps with Odell Beckham, Sterling Shepard and newly acquired Brandon Marshall (Jets), plus they have added TE Evan Engram in the draft, so the passing game should be all set, but they still have question marks in the running game after put up just 88.2 ypg last year, which was 29th in the league.
They ran for just 73 yards against the Steelers and leading the way was Orleans Darkwa, who had just 18 yards. He is in a battle for the final RB spot on the team with Khalid Abdullah and Shaun Draughn. Paul Perkins and Shane Vereen will get the majority of the carries this year and that means that this against will be a team without a running game. The defense was solid last year as they allowed just 339.7 ypg and 17.8 ppg on the year and they could be a bit stronger this year, especially with the addition of Dalvin Thompson, who was their 2nd pick in the draft. He had two tackles and two assists in their loss to the Steelers. The big thing for the Giants to work on in this game is their running game as they will need it to compliment a very good passing game.
The Jets are:
- 8-0 ATS their 2nd preseason road game in a row
The Giants are:
- 1-8 ATS their last nine game three of the preseason
The Jets are not a good team and they will be battling the Los Angeles Rams and San Francisco 49ers for the number one pick in next year’s draft. The Giants have the look of a decent team, but will still probably be just a .500 team at the end of the year. This is a heated preseason rivalry that takes place every year and the Jets will be up for this game. Their offense is pathetic right now, but I see it coming alive a little bit against a Giants defense that will be decent this year. The problem for the Giants will come on offense, especially when they need to run the ball. They have no run game and the Jets have a defense to slow their pass game down, even if Manning plays a lot. The Jets may not get many regular season wins, so they will go all out for this one and come out with a nice upset win.
The Giants have a game on Monday night so at the time of this writing that result is not known. They had a real rough game against the Steelers to open up their preseason and they could have a rough one here against their instate rivals. The Giants have a solid passing game, but they have no running game and that will hurt the offense, especially in this one against a very tough defense. The Jets have absolutely no defense at all and it shouldn’t be all that hard for a decent Giants defense to hold them down here. Both teams will have a tough time moving the ball and scoring in this one as we see no more than 34 points scored.