The two teams that share a stadium only play each other once every four years in the regular season, but they compete annually in the preseason. Playing in the third week allows the two sides to play starters deep into the game and get an accurate look at their team before the start of competitive games.
While each side is 1-1 so far in the preseason, the squads have different expectations heading into the year. The Giants are hoping to once again be a top contender in the NFC, while the Jets simply want to improve upon their 6-10 record from last year.
However, each fall represents a new start for every team in the NFL. These two squads will hope to get a little momentum going from this preseason contest, so make sure not to miss a second of the action.
When: Aug. 24 at 7 p.m. ET
Where: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
Watch: NBC4 (New York)
Live Stream: Preseason Live
Spread: Giants (-2.5) via Vegas Insider
Injury Report (via ESPN)
WR Santonio Holmes (Foot) Out
CB Dee Milliner (Calf) Probable
RB Joe McKnight (Head) Probable
QB Geno Smith (Ankle) Probable
FB Lex Hilliard (Shoulder) Out
DE Quinton Coples (Ankle) Out
CB Terrell Thomas (Knee) Probable
OT David Diehl (Thumb) Out
WR Victor Cruz (Heel) Probable
DE Justin Tuck (Hamstring) Probable
Jets Player to Watch: Geno Smith
The rookie quarterback will get the start against the Giants, but this does not mean the job will be his once the season starts.
Smith went 6-of-7 for 47 yards against the Detroit Lions and did not play against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Still, his potential as both a passer and a runner gives the squad plenty of reason to think that he can be the quarterback of the future.
Mark Sanchez continues to be inconsistent when he is on the field, but the Jets would certainly feel better if the quarterback competition was won by the youngster instead of lost by Sanchez.
There will be plenty of eyes on Smith in this game, so he will have to prove he can be successful against a quality opponent.
Giants Player to Watch: David Wilson
It seems as though there will be a running back by committee this season no matter what happens in the coming weeks. David Wilson and Andre Brown are likely to split carries, although the question remains of who will receive more and who will carry the ball in bigger situations.
Wilson has plenty of ability and was excellent over the last month of last season. In the last four games, he rushed for 247 yards at an average of 5.7 yards per carry.
If he can get 20 touches per game during the regular season, he has the ability to be one of the more productive running backs in the league. However, he first has to earn carries away from Brown over the next few weeks.
Prediction: Giants 24, Jets 13
It is always hard to predict preseason games, but this matchup will feature the starters for a large portion of the contest. In this situation, the Giants have a huge advantage.
Eli Manning has been less than stellar to start the year, but he should be better against the Jets' inexperienced secondary. Pairing this with both members of the solid running back duo trying to prove themselves and the offense should be just fine.
On the other side of the ball, all eyes will be on Smith to see if he has what it takes to be a starter in the NFL. While he has the talent, it might be tough for him against one of the best pass rushes in the league.
The Giants should win the game and earn bragging rights for New York.
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