New York Jets (0-0) vs New York Giants (0-0)
Thursday, August 8th – 7:00pm ET – MetLife Stadium
Betting Line: NY Jets -1.5, Total 33.5
Football is officially back! From now until the first Sunday of February, there will be live football being played every week.
Two of New York’s three teams will kick off their NFL preseasons on Thursday, August 8th. The Jets and the Giants will face off at MetLife Stadium. Despite both teams sharing the stadium, the Giants are designated the home team for this matchup.
The Jets made some noise this offseason with a couple of key acquisitions.
They drafted DT Quinnen Williams with the third overall pick of the 2019 NFL Draft. Williams was a standout at Alabama, who went to the NCAA College Football Playoff Championship this year. His performance earned him the 2019 Outland Trophy, which is awarded to the best interior lineman in college football.
Quinnen Williams, who redshirted in 2016, was unanimously named first-team All-American and first-team All-SEC. In his final season with Alabama, Williams recorded 71 tackles and eight sacks. Twenty of those tackles were for a loss.
Williams has been a disruptive force for offenses in practice already. His ability should carry over well into games.
The biggest pick-up by the Jets this season was RB Le’Veon Bell. Bell, arguably the best running back in the game today, is embracing his new home. He has been limited in practice but will be sure to get some reps in Thursday’s game. The running game will be a big part of New York’s offense this season.
Second year quarterback Sam Darnold is playing very well in the lead-up to Thursday’s opener. He is throwing accurately and moving well within the pocket in practice. Darnold is a very talented quarterback that showed a lot of potential last season. He will benefit greatly from the improved running game as well as the arrival of unretired C Ryan Kalil, who is unlikely to play this Thursday.
Jets’ receiver Jamison Crowder is showing promise as well. The wideout injured his foot last week, but that didn’t slow him down when he returned to the field a day later. Crowder is proving to be a tough cover.
On the other side of the field, we have the Giants, who are dealing with a series of issues on offense, particularly to their receiving corps.
Big Blue will be without all three starting receivers. Golden Tate, who was previously with NFC East rival Philadelphia, has been suspended for four games for a banned substance. Sterling Shepard, who was expected to be an integral part of the offense with the departure of Odell Beckam Jr. suffered a fractured thumb. Corey Coleman tore his ACL and will be out for an extended period of time.
That’s all bad news for the Giants.
The good news for the Giants is that Eli Manning is looking good in training camp. He’s been working with a new trainer to improve his velocity and it is beginning to show on the field.
Daniel Jones, who the Giants drafted sixth overall from Duke is having an up-and-down training camp, but there have been more ups than downs.
With that said and a quick look at how both teams have performed in their preseason openers, I’ve got to ride with the New York Jets on this one. The Jets have won five of their last six preseason openers while Big Blue has lost their last four straight preseason openers.
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