With the battle for New York set for Christmas Eve, the New York Giants prepare for their “road” test against the New York Jets with their seasons on the line. After an ugly defeat at the hands of the Washington Redskins in Week 15 at home 23-10, the Giants no longer hold the NFC East lead and must win their remaining two games to clinch the division and their first playoff birth since 2008.
The Jets are also fighting for their playoff lives following a crushing 45-19 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. They sit in a much safer position than the Giants at this time, though. A victory would put them in perfect position to lock up one of the two wild-card spots in the AFC.
Both sides have been talking their heads off all week—players, coaches and fans alike—and this game promises to be an exciting one from start to finish.
The Giants and Jets have both faced bumpy roads throughout this season, having to overcome their fair share of injuries and on-field struggles to be where they sit in the standings today. With both teams coming off terrible losses and the regular season racing to an end, they will both look to turn it around against their stadium-mates and claim rights to the “top team in New York”—at least for 2011.
Since sharing a stadium for the first time in 1984, the New York Giants are 6-2 against the Jets. In their last four meetings since Week 4 of 1996, the Giants have won four straight, including three straight games with 30 or more points against the New York Jets. But none of those wins have come against this Jets team led by head coach Rex Ryan, and that’s something he’s planning to keep true come Sunday in MetLife Stadium.
Looking at the numbers, it’s clear the Giants have had the advantage over the Jets in years past, but who has the advantage entering Week 16?