For the first—and maybe only—time ever, the city of New York and its New Jersey neighbor East Rutherford will host the Super Bowl next year.
With that in mind, the Giants and Jets both petitioned the league to make it so that the AFC Super Bowl team would prepare in the Giants' practice facility and the NFC Super Bowl team would prepare in the Jets' practice facility.
The rationale for that was quite simply that neither team wanted an archrival practicing in its home.
But the NFL stuck with standard protocol and rejected those requests, which means there's only one way the Giants or Jets can prevent a conference rival from taking over their facilities for a week next winter: by getting to the game themselves.
The Giants obviously have a much better chance than the Jets. Big Blue has been to the game twice in the last six years and has a two-time Super Bowl MVP at quarterback.
At this moment in Las Vegas, the experienced Giants have 20-to-1 odds to win Super Bowl XLVIII, according to Sportsbook.com (via PreGame.com). In the NFC, that places them below San Francisco, Green Bay, Seattle, New Orleans and Atlanta, but ahead of everyone else in the NFC East, including reigning division champion Washington (30-to-1, ranking seventh in the conference and right below New York).
Dallas is tied with Washington at 30-to-1, while Philadelphia is listed at 50-to-1.
I'm not sure I view the Giants as the favorite in the NFC East right now, but keep Robert Griffin III's injury in mind and consider, too, that this division has been won by four different teams the last four years.
Based on the direction the Cowboys are going, I'd put the Cowboys slightly ahead of New York. And I'm giving RG3's knee the benefit of the doubt for now. I also can't argue with the 49ers, Packers, Seahawks and Falcons getting better odds (although the Saints are a bit of a mystery).
And then there's the fact that teams with a chance to "host" Super Bowls seem to be jinxed.
The Cowboys were reigning division champs entering 2010, with many thinking they could earn a spot in the first Super Bowl at their new stadium. But Dallas started 1-7 and never recovered.
Two years after appearing in the Super Bowl, the Colts lost Peyton Manning and won only two games with the Super Bowl headed to Indy last year. And this year, the Saints were a train wreck both on and off the field with the game returning to New Orleans.
A series of coincidences? Maybe. But an NFL team has never made the Super Bowl when it's been set in their home stadium, and it's been 12 years since a team from the city hosting the Super Bowl has even made the playoffs.
So history and momentum aren't on the Giants' side. But that's never stopped this team in the past.