New York Giants vs. New York Jets Free Pick - 8/24/13
New York Jets (6-10) at New York Giants (9-7)
NFL Football: Saturday, August 24, 2013 at 7:00 pm (MetLife Stadium)
The Line: New York Giants -2 -- Over/Under: 41.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: not listed
The New York Jets and New York Giants take the field in week three preseason action.
When most NFL teams are treating their starters with kid gloves, the Jets left Mark Sanchez in for three quarters in a lopsided 37-13 victory. Sanchez led New York to five scoring drives before finally taking a seat for the 4th after completing 13-23 for 169 yards and an interception. The entire team played about as well as could be expected for a preseason game although Jaguars poor play obviously had something to do with it. The bottom line was the Jets did what they chose to do offensively with Bilal Powell's 68 rushing yards leading the way to 176 yards on the ground, while the offense totaled over 400 and the D held Jacksonville to 286. Blaine Gabbert (13-16/165) led the Jags to ten points but left with a sprained thumb which was the beginning of the end for the visitors.
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The Giants stumbled their way to a 20-12 loss to Indianapolis in week two with neither the offense or defense looking particularly impressive. Kicker Josh Brown might have been the best player on the field for New York with four field goals, excluding Andrew Luck (9-13/107) who threw for a pair of scores for the Colts. Eli Manning didn't have the best of days, completing 8-17 for 91 yards and an interception that turned in to Indianapolis points. The difference was the Colts scored touchdowns and the Giants settled for field goals which we have seen from this team many times in recent memory. The NYG did show some positive signs on the ground with Andre Brown and David Wilson combining for 70 yards on eight carries each. However, despite this being a preseason game, the Giants tend to go as Eli goes and that held true here.
My two favorite quarterbacks on the same field; does it get any better than that? Sanchez is the guy you want to have the ball in his hands late if you are the opposition because he will manage to screw things up. On the other side, Eli can look like gold one game and come out the next looking like a guy who has never seen a secondary before and comes off the field with that befuddled look on his face. Classic match up in a toss up to boot and no I wouldn't bet either...