The Meadowlands will surely be burning up with animosity on Saturday night, as NFL betting fans from the Empire State and the Garden State will love this clash between their hometown teams, the New York Jets and the New York Giants.
Head Coach Rex Ryan knows that this is a huge game for the psyche of his offense. He is expected to let QB Mark Sanchez quarterback at least through the end of the first half, and likely through the start of the third quarter as well, and he could be in for a big game. Sanchez hooked up with his newest target, WR Plaxico Burress for a TD in last week’s win over the Cincinnati Bengals, and we wouldn’t be shocked if these two did some more damage again this week. Still, this is going to be the last chance to get on the same page with WR Derrick Mason as well, and there are still lingering questions remaining about this offensive line, which hasn’t done all that well with the first teamers out there in the preseason. Do expect to see a lot of time for QB Greg McElroy as well, as he really is progressing nicely here in the preseason and should have his hands wrapped tightly around that second QB job behind Sanchez. McElroy threw for 208 yards and a score against the Houston Texans two weeks ago, and he came back and went 6-of-9 for 59 yards and a TD against the Bengals last week.
Meanwhile, the Giants are going to hope to pick up where they left off last week against the Chicago Bears. They dropped a whopping 41 points on the board and accounted for 380 yards of offense, 97 yards of which came on an electrifying run by RB Da’Rel Scott. RB Brandon Jacobs looks great, as do the other backups on this team, but we are waiting to see a little bit more out of starter RB Ahmad Bradshaw. For as well as the New York offense has played, QB Eli Manning just doesn’t feel like he has quite figured it out yet. He only went 8-of-16 for 78 yards last week against the Bears, and he only threw for 36 yards in the first preseason game as well. Even though Eli already has a ring to his name, we know that he is always under scrutiny in the Big Apple, and especially with one of his former favorite targets, Burress, sitting on the other sideline, there will be plenty of opportunities for the media hounds to make his life a living hell if he doesn’t play up to par against the stout Jets’ defense.
New York Jets @ New York Giants Pick: There’s more on the line here for the Giants than the Jets, and we tend to think that that is going to be the determining factor in this one. Give the boys in blue the slight nod, especially as short underdogs in a game that could be very tight and come down to the wire.
NFL Pick: New York Giants +2.5 at Bookmaker Sportsbook.
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