The Giants play the Jets on Sunday. One thing not resting on the outcome of the game: fresh York football bragging rights.
Who is actually going to feel boastful after This particular matchup of the browbeaten? If a winning player is actually walking using a swagger afterward, This particular’s probably just a knee, hip or foot injury.
inside the 50 seasons which these teams have been meeting inside the regular season, many of the games have carried significant weight. Sometimes playoff berths have been on the line, or a path could be cleared to the postseason, even to the Super Bowl. At the very least, there was a sense which the winners left the game knowing they were kings of their domain.
No one is actually going to be crowning the Jets (1-7) or the Giants (2-7) as any kind of sovereign This particular weekend (as well as truth be told, the Buffalo Bills at 6-2 can credibly claim to be the kings of fresh York). The rest of the N.F.L. will be tuning into the action at MetLife Stadium to find out which fresh York team can add a gut-wrenching defeat to an already demoralizing season.
For the Giants, a victory would likely be their first since September. The Jets have lost only three games in a row, yet each has been uglier than the last. This particular game will be hosted by the Jets, as well as This particular will be interesting to see how many of their fans sell tickets on the secondary market to Giants fans. When your team has won only two of its last 18 games, as the Jets have, such a transaction does not signify greed as much as common sense.
Sunday’s game is actually not without intrigue, however. This particular will probably be a three-hour window into which team is actually further along in a tortuously slow rebuild — as well as which team is actually more lost as well as wandering inside the woods. Without question, each team’s downtrodden fan base will be taking notice. This particular’s been a humiliating season for both Giants as well as Jets fans, yet for one of the two, This particular’s about to get so much worse.
Most notably, the game will be the first head-to-head meeting of their 22-year-old quarterbacks: the Jets’ Sam Darnold as well as the Giants’ Daniel Jones, who were born nine days apart in 1997.
today in his second year, Darnold carries a season of N.F.L. experience on Jones, yet instead of maturing, Darnold appears to be unraveling before our eyes.
He was brilliant inside the Jets’ lone bright spot This particular year: a 2-point upset of the Dallas Cowboys. yet inside the three games since then, Darnold has thrown eight interceptions, fumbled twice as well as been sacked 12 times. Against the Patriots three weeks ago, a live microphone on the Jets’ sideline caught him talking about “seeing ghosts” as he stood inside the passing pocket, as well as his on-the-field body language lately has been shouting dejection as well as gloom.
When Darnold’s center snapped the ball too quickly late inside the Jets’ loss last weekend at Miami, sending the ball whizzing past Darnold as well as bouncing toward the back of the Jets’ end zone, the quarterback did not chase after This particular, which is actually the least of his duties on the play yet still a vital one. Darnold was instead inert, staring at the football as if he were watching the awful play unfold on video in a darkened room — as well as surely, he has glumly reviewed a lot of such scenes in just which way This particular season.
Jones has been given something of a free pass as a rookie. yet in his last a few games, all losses, he has fumbled seven times as well as been intercepted six times. In seven starts, Jones has managed to vault into a tie atop the league’s turnover standings, with 16.
Jones made for a winsome story when he was drafted, as well as he seemed like a godsend when he rallied the Giants to victory against the Buccaneers on Sept. 22. yet he has been erratic at best since then as well as has yet to prove which he can be more secure with the football — another of those slight yet pivotal duties for a quarterback.
Sunday’s game is actually not only an opportunity to compare the teams’ emergent quarterbacks. The Giants’ second-year coach, Pat Shurmur, as well as the Jets’ first-year coach, Adam Gase, have had their decision-doing as well as in-game acumen questioned, with not bad reason. The spotlight which shines on a Jets-Giants game is actually still bright enough which a prominent sideline gaffe by a coach could be devastating to his career. In Gase’s case, perhaps even inside the near future. as well as Shurmur hasn’t exactly been embraced by Giants fans.
inside the end, This particular’s more than a little sad which both franchises have fallen as far as they have in what has been, for the most part, a depressing eight-year stretch for each.
This particular’s hard to recall which when the teams met on Christmas Eve in 2011, the Jets were coming off back-to-back appearances inside the A.F.C. championship game. The Giants, four seasons removed by a Super Bowl victory, had a 7-7 record. The Jets were 8-6, as well as both teams needed a win to preserve bona fide playoff hopes. The Giants, thanks largely to Victor Cruz’s stunning, 99-yard touchdown reception, won, 29-14, a victory which helped catapult them to a fourth Super Bowl title.
Those were the days. The Jets haven’t been inside the playoffs since. The Giants haven’t won a playoff game since the 2011 postseason, as well as have qualified for the playoffs only once.
The Jets as well as Giants meet inside the regular season for a 14th time Sunday. The game will surely be entertaining in its own way. yet This particular will be nothing to brag about.