The Big Apple will be burning on Saturday afternoon, as the two tenants of MetLife Stadium, the New York Jets and New York Giants meet up in an NFL betting battle with a ton of playoff implications in a de facto Jets home game.
The Giants know that they really blew a chance last week to make this game relatively meaningless, as they were shocked by the Washington Redskins in terrible fashion. Now, they really have to look back at this last month and a half and wonder what has become of this season that once featured them at 6-2. Save for those last two minutes against the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington, this team has played terrible ball since that point, and a loss in this one parlayed with a Dallas win over the Philadelphia Eagles later in e day on Christmas Eve would knock New York out of the postseason and likely cost Head Coach Tom Coughlin his job. QB Eli Manning needs 638 passing yards in his final two games of the year to reach 5,000 for the season. He has 25 TDs against 15 INTs, and though he has really put a team on his back with no running game whatsoever and a bevy of injuries all over the rest of the field, few are giving him the respect of being known as an elite quarterback. Tearing apart DBs Antonio Cromartie and Darrelle Revis this week would go a long, long way towards changing that.
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The Jets were absolutely destroyed last week by the aforementioned Eagles in a game that really didn’t do the Giants or the Jets any favors. Now, both teams from New York know that they have to win this game to have destiny in their own hands for a playoff spot going into Week 17. The men in green have some real issues right now though, as they are fighting just a slew of teams from all over the AFC, many of which have significantly easier games this week than they do. QB Mark Sanchez has decent numbers this year, as he does have 23 TDs and 3,009 passing yards, but in a season in which quarterbacks are routinely throwing for over 4,500 yards, that number doesn’t seem all that great. A 56.8 completion percentage and a woeful 6.66 yards per pass attempt average aren’t anything to write home about, and neither are 13 picks or an 82.2 quarterback rating. This defense, usually one of the most vaunted in the league, is still scary, but it is allowing 22.5 points per game this year, a full TD above what we have come to expect.
New York Giants @ New York Jets Trends: The Giants are 3-0-1 ATS and 4-0 SU over the course of the last four games in this series, and the Jets haven’t won a regular season game between these two since 1993. The G-Men are 31-15 ATS in their last 46 road games, something that Coughlin definitely can be proud of. With their backs against the wall, both teams tend to shine, as both have had to really do a lot of damage to other teams over the course of the last few seasons when they did make the playoffs, and both have figured out how to do damage when they get there, so this should be a very interesting and very crucial battle.
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