With both teams losing to the Bills earlier this year, New York is out of the question, but New Jersey bragging rights will be on the line this weekend as the New York Giants square off against the New York Jets. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:00 EST on Sunday, November 10 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Fans throughout the northeast corridor and parts of South Florida can watch the game on Fox.
By checking our Week 10 NFL odds, the Giants are listed 2.5-point favorites in what is technically a road game. The over/under for the game is set at 43.5 points.
Any thought that the Jets might be able to salvage their season after Sam Darnold returned from mono and led them to a win over the Cowboys has quickly gone out the window. It was one thing for the Jets to get blown out by the Patriots the following week. But the team has now lost three in a row since beating Dallas, including a humiliating 26-18 loss to the Dolphins last week. It doesn’t get any worse than losing to a Miami team most people assumed would go 0-16, especially for Jets head coach Adam Gase, who was fired by the Dolphins after last season. With the Jets at 1-7, Gase is now on the hot seat in New York and a midseason firing can’t be ruled out given the state of the fanbase.
Things are only marginally better in Giants land. The G-Men won back-to-back games after Daniel Jones took over as the starting quarterback in Week 3. But things have gone downhill from there, as the Giants are now in the midst of a 5-game losing streak, including a lopsided loss to the rival Cowboys this past Monday night. At 2-7, the Giants are looking at their third straight losing season and their sixth losing campaign in the last seven years, perhaps putting Pat Shurmur on the hot seat.
While neither team has much to play for in the standings, this is still a rivalry game that should have both teams excited to play. Outside of preseason games, these two teams only meet every four years, so bragging rights tend to last a long time. When they last met in 2015, the Jets escaped with a 23-20 overtime to win to snap a string of five straight losses to the G-Men. However, the Giants still own the all-time series 8-5, including a 5-1 record when the Jets are designated as the home team.
I know things can change in the NFL from week to week, but it seems irresponsible to even consider taking the Jets after their loss to the Dolphins last week. They should be fired up to face their New York brothers and put that ugly loss behind them. But that doesn’t mean they’ll find a way to win. In a battle between two bad teams, I’ll take my chances with the Giants being able to cover a field goal.
Obviously, the Giants have plenty of problems, but I’m not sure the Jets are capable of exposing those weaknesses the way other teams have. It starts with Jones getting sacked 26 times in just seven starts, which has been the catalyst for him throwing eight interceptions and losing a few fumbles. However, the Jets have only managed 13 sacks this season, so there’s no guarantee they’ll put a lot of pressure on Jones. Plus, they couldn’t even force a turnover last week against the Dolphins, even though we all know how much Ryan Fitzpatrick enjoys throwing to the other team.
On the rare occasions that Jones has had time in the pocket this season, he’s looked like a decent NFL quarterback. Remember that the Giants have some decent skill players, especially with Golden Tate back from suspension. More importantly, the Giants will have the best player on the team in Saquon Barkley. Despite getting bottled up by the Dallas defense on Monday, Barkley is still a big play waiting to happen, and against the Jets, he might finally find some open space to run.
On the other side of the ball, the Jets have had similar problems. The offensive line might be the worst in the NFL, conceding 37 sacks in eight games. That constant pressure has made life difficult for Darnold, who has more interceptions than touchdown passes on the season. Meanwhile, Le’Veon Bell has failed to get going behind such a dreadful offensive line. The kicker is that Bell is dealing with a knee injury, although he’s expected to play on Sunday.
For what it’s worth, the Giants are vulnerable defensively, giving up 32 points per game during their five-game losing streak. However, the Giants have a halfway decent pass rush, totaling 22 sacks on the season. They should be better able to take advantage of a terrible Jets offensive line, at least enough to keep Bell contained and put everything on Darnold’s shoulders.
To be frank, this is not a game that anybody should want to watch because it figures to be an ugly game between two bad teams. Somehow, the team that has lost five in a row is the lesser of two evils when it comes to picking a winner. I like the Giants to win ugly but win by at least a field goal to cover the spread.