Monday Night Football is back, and although it’s a preseason game, the game between the Giants and the Jets is shaping up to be a good one.
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This game is different from a regular preseason game because it marks the first game in the new Meadowlands stadium.
The stadium cost $1.6 billion to build and seats 82,556 fans. This stadium will predictably be the best one in the NFL this year with all of the pizazz and excitement that is associated with it.
The game itself is getting pretty interesting too, thanks to the comments of Giants cornerback, Terrell Thomas.
He boasted that the Giants are still the big football draw in New York.
He had something to say about the game too. “We want to send a message to them that it’s still our town and it’s going to be our stadium.”
The Jets were not fazed by the comments.
“If that’s how they feel, that’s how they feel,” Jets defensive tackle Kris Jenkins said. “It’s cool for them to feel that way. But we’re here to stay, and that’s it.”
On the field Jets Head Coach Rex Ryan admits that he will not be game-planning for the Giants.
“We’re going to prepare like we did the last time against them and not prepare,” Ryan said.
The Jets may have to prepare for life without cornerback Darrelle Revis. Revis is still in the middle of a holdout as he seeks to be the highest paid cornerback in the league.
Since he will not be on the field it will give a chance for other defenders to make an impression. The starting cornerbacks will be rookie Kyle Wilson out of Boise State and off season acquisition Antonio Cromartie.
The Jets quarterback rotation will be Mark Sanchez, Mark Brunelle, Kellen Clemens, Erik Ainge, and Kevin O’Connell. All five are expected to see action on Monday night.
The Giants are approaching this game as one they want to win.
“You want to win every game,” Giants tackle David Diehl said, “but playing the Jets adds a different dimension to it.”
On defense, the Giants look for an extreme improvement after overhauling a unit that struggled last year.
Perry Fewell was brought in as the team’s new defensive coordinator. First-round defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (South Florida) and the occasionally dissatisfied Osi Umenyiora will pressure the quarterback. The linebacker section is shored up by the likes of fourth-round rookie Phillip Dillard (Nebraska) and veteran acquisition Keith Bulluck (ex-Titans) and will all see playing time Monday night.
On offense, the Giants quarterback rotation will be Eli Manning, Jim Sorgi, and Rhett Bomar.
The Giants seem more eager to actually win this game, while the Jets are going through the motions. The Giants will be fired up to make a difference on defense and play hard for a new defensive coordinator. A solid defensive game would prove that they have made strides from last year. This game will turn into a defensive battle and New York football Giants will emerge victorious.