Jets vs. Giants: Who Is the Undisputed Best Team in New York?

John Rozum@Rozum27Correspondent IAugust 29, 2011

If there's one thing we do know, it's that the Yankees are better than the Mets.

However, the discrepancy between the Giants and Jets is much, much closer.

And although the Jets have only been in one Super Bowl, it was arguably the most important game in NFL history.

As for the Giants, they have played in four Super Bowls, winning three of them.

The past few season's however, the Jets have had the edge. They have been to the AFC Championship two years in a row, while the Giants have seen a lot of new faces since their 2007 Super Bowl season.

Since 2007, the Jets have significantly improved, whereas the Giants have underachieved.

But, this debate is about the current moment, and who's better right now.

Whoever wins the preseason game on Monday night will be irrelevant. Rather, it is the regular season game on Christmas Eve that could have an immense magnitude like no other.

Heading into 2011, the Giants no longer have slot WR Steve Smith, have had issues with DE Osi Umenyiora, and released veteran offensive lineman Shaun O'Hara.

They have however, brought in some solid rookie defensive studs in DBs Tyler Sash (Iowa) and Prince Amukamara (Nebraska), as well as LB Greg Jones (Michigan State).

On the flip-side, the Jets have acquired WR Plaxico Burress, who's looking to revive his career in The Big Apple.

In addition to Burress, veteran Derrick Mason joins the receiving core, but they said bye-bye to Brad Smith and Jerricho Cotchery.

On the defense, safety Jim Leonhard returns after having his 2010 season cut short due to injury, and they also signed former Buffalo Bill, linebacker Aaron Maybin.

A big concern however, is that DL Shaun Ellis is now in New England, which hurts the front seven.

Both teams are expected to finish second in their respective division, but with that being said, who's better, the Jets or Giants?

Well, let's look at the matchups when the Giants offense is on the field versus the Jets D.

The Jets' front seven against the Giants O-line and running game is basically a wash, as both are solid despite each of them losing a key contributor.

So in the passing game, the Jets get the edge as their secondary will shut-down the Giants receivers, although Eli's core does have a lot of potential.

Now when the Jets have the rock, it will be hard to move the ball on the Giants as they are pretty consistent across the board.

The difference here is the addition of former Giant Plaxico Burress, who is now with the Jets.

He can leap over any defender, and gives Sanchez that tall deep threat, allowing Sanchez to just throw the ball up in the air and let Burress make a play.

And with that, it won't matter how much Tom Coughlin blitzes, as having Burress out there will open up the Jets offense, while keeping the Giants defense honest.

In the end the Jets have a slight advantage, and when they play in late December (assuming there are no serious injuries) the Jets will take The Battle of the Big Apple, 27-24 in overtime.

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