New York Giants
(0-0, 0-0 ATS)
New York Jets
(0-0, 0-0 ATS)
How else could New Meadowlands Stadium open than this! The New York Jets and New York Giants are co-tenants of the new Taj Mahal like stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, and they’ll battle it out in their first NFL preseason betting battle of the 2010 season on Monday Night Football.
The Giants are probably going to have quite the vanilla approach for offense in this game for a number of reasons. The ‘O’ really settled in last season with a ton of new weapons for QB Eli Manning to choose from. Things worked quite well, and very little was added to the arsenal from 2009 to 2010. It is also going to be important to keep those pieces to the puzzle healthy, and in the face of the fierce Jets blitzing packages, HC Tom Coughlin won’t want to take much in the way of chances. The defense is where Coughlin will want to get his work in. This unit is likely to have three new starters this year, as DE Jason Pierre-Paul, LB Keith Bulluck, and S Antrel Rolle should all get starting nods. Pierre-Paul, the team’s first round draft choice out of South Florida, as well as second round draft pick Lindval Joseph are going to be used a ton in a very deep defensive line rotation. This unit is going to need to step up in a big way in 2010, as last season’s play was embarrassing at best for a very talented group of linemen.
The Jets are going to have a lot to work out in the preseason as well. It seems as though it is a foregone conclusion that QBs Mark Sanchez and Mark Brunell are going to be on the opening day roster for HC Rex Ryan. The better question is whether Kellen Clemens, Erik Ainge, or Kevin O’Connell will be the third quarterback. All three should be given significant reps as Ryan whittles down his signal caller options. The running game is going to get a blast in the second half from fourth round draft choice Joe McKnight, who could prove to be an explosive scat back in a potent rushing attack in the regular season. Defensively, there are some new parts to work with as well. DB Darrelle Revis is still in the midst of a holdout, which opens the door for rookie DB Kyle Wilson to start alongside the newly acquired Antonio Cromartie at corner. S Brodney Pool, also picked up in the offseason from Cleveland, is going to be vying for a starting job in a very safety corps.
Both of these teams have a questionable defensive background in preseasons of past, as both allowed 99 points in four exhibitions last year. Could the same hold true on Monday night? We tend to believe that the Jets’ plethora of quarterbacks is going to find ways to put some points on the board if they want to keep their jobs. We just don’t feel comfortable laying points with the men in green, though. Instead, hope for some fireworks in the New Meadowlands debut.
Selection: New York Giants/New York Jets Over 33