New York Jets: Are They Now the Best Football Team in New York?

Eli NachmanyCorrespondent IIISeptember 10, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 09:   Mark Sanchez #6 of the New York Jets reacts during their season opener against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium on September 9, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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After a surprisingly bad opening game by the New York Giants and a shockingly good opening game by the New York Jets, it's not preposterous to ask whether or not the Jets are now the best team in New York.

Led by Mark Sanchez, who showed on Sunday that he can open this offense up and win games by throwing the ball down the field, the Jets are now a trendy playoff pick in some NFL circles.

The Jets were even better on defense. Though they allowed 28 points, most of those scores came in garbage time and, save for a few big plays from C.J. Spiller, this unit looked very solid in forcing turnovers and bottling up plays.

On the other hand, the Giants looked rather pedestrian in a 24-17 loss to the Cowboys on Wednesday night.

One game, however, doesn't change the fact that the Giants are defending Super Bowl champions and the Jets are still in some sort of chaotic disarray.

Mark Sanchez's team beat up on an underprepared Buffalo team, asserting dominance over a team still trying to figure out its identity.

The Giants had some easily correctable mistakes and should be able to rebound from their 0-1 start.

Eli Manning is still the best quarterback in town and one game is too small a sample size to make a judgment.

As for the Jets, while the team looked strong, it's easy to wonder just how long this success will last. Tim Tebow looked unspectacular and Mark Sanchez is anything but consistent.

Should Victor Cruz start catching more passes and the Giants' pass rush turn it on as the season progresses, this won't even be a discussion.

For now, however, the answer to the question is easy. The Giants are still the best team in New York.