1) Darrelle Revis vs. Hakeem Nicks
On Saturday, New York Giants star receiver, Hakeem Nicks, will be taking a visit to Revis Island when he will be given the challenge of scoring on cornerback Darrelle Revis. Not many star wide receivers have accomplished that feat, so don't expect Nicks' performance to be any different.
Therefore, the Giants must turn towards their other receivers to step up. While Kyle Wilson will be asked to defend against Domenik Hixon or Victor Cruz in the slot, and since Antonio Cromartie will be defending against Mario Manningham, Revis will once again be defending against the opposition's best.
If Nicks wants to become one of the game's best, let him start on Saturday. Manning certainly woudn't mind.
2) Jets Offensive Line vs. Giants Defensive Line
Being without Pro Bowl defensive end Osi Umenyiora, who'll be on the sidelines after undergoing knee surgery, one may think the Jets have the advantage, but I'd hold that thought for a second.
When they meet in December, expect Umenyiora to be playing, but even though this time around, the Giants are going to be without him, that shouldn't be a problem.
Watching Jason Pierre-Paul quickly transform into a superstar is a promising sign for the future, and with Justin Tuck continuing to be a force on the defensive line brings a little hope to the present.
While watching these two dominate, it leaves you wondering if the Giants should've traded Umenyiora when they had the chance, but simply look at the Jets offensive line. It doesn't take long before you realize the importance of roster depth.
Robert Turner, a versatile lineman who has been used at a variety of positions, is expected to miss up to three months. Without him, the Jets will ask Vladimir Ducasse, a second-year lineman who has been struggling in his time in the NFL, to play at guard and tackle.
After the Jets preseason loss to the Houston Texans, Ryan did not shy away about his feelings and concerns about the offensive line. “Clearly, we’ve got a long way to go with our protections. We’ve got to figure this thing out, because it’s ridiculous.”
In all likelihood, the Jets will have to look outside the organization for help. While the Giants performance on the defensive line makes you forget about Umenyiora for just a little, the Giants cannot succeed in 2011 without him. And if the Jets have another injury to the offensive line, a mild cause for concern will undoubtedly turn into a major one.
When these two teams meet again, let's hope that both lines are healthy. It's going to be a great matchup on Saturday, but an even better one in December.
Both teams have two games to prove who has the better defense. We know on paper which team does, but when they take the field, I'm hoping it's a different story.