The New York Giants
and the New York Jets
will battle for bragging rights this Saturday night (August 18th
) in the 2nd
The Jets recently have been measuring themselves against the Giants (mostly since Rex Ryan arrival) as the Giants approach these matchups with the Jets as just another game.
In the 1st
preseason game, both the Giants' and Jets' starters saw limited action, however; expect both teams to play their starters a little longer Saturday night.
According to sources, the Giants will view this game with the Jets as business as usual and the word rivalry
is nothing more than what the media and the Jets have kept going in recent years.
I expect the Giants to open up the playbook a little more with a balanced attack of running and passing. The Jets will also open up the playbook, especially with the introduction of the wildcat formation and Tim Tebow
. According to reports, the Jets have been working on the wildcat formation and have every intention of implementing it into the offensive scheme this week.
Giants coach Tom Coughlin
was quoted as saying, “It’s different as it forces you to defend something else. It forces you to prepare for something; perhaps they would use it or they wouldn’t use it. It’s just another tool."
According to several Giant veterans, the thought of facing the wildcat formation and Tim Tebow will be a challenge, but they are looking forward to seeing how Tebow handles the pressure and punishment of being hit by multiple players.
I’m eager to see players such as David Wilson, Jerrel Jernigan
and Jayron Hosley
perform after the 1st
preseason game against the Jaguars. Can these three contribute without turning the ball over?
I hope to see the offensive line play better as a unit; can Martellus Bennett
and D.J Ware
build on their performance from last week? Will Ramses Barden
finally show the Giants' coaching staff something to convince them that he is worth a roster spot?
On defense, will Dwayne Hendricks
and Adrian Tracy
continue to impress and capitalize for a roster spot? Will Mark Herzlich
inch closer to that starting MLB spot with another solid effort? Overall, will we see someone else emerge and make a statement for a roster spot?
Make no mistake, both teams will be ready and this will be a very physical game for the preseason. Hopefully; both teams will escape without any serious injuries.
Regardless of what the Giants say or don’t say, this game means a lot to them and winning this game will not only give them something to build on in the preseason; but also it will solidify the Giants' dominance over the Jets.