For the 45th consecutive year, the New York Giants and the New York Jets will play each other in a preseason game. Both teams sit at 1-1, but coming off opposite results in Week 2; the Giants lost to the Colts and the Jets trounced the Jaguars.
The Giants' rotating cast of characters on the offensive line took another spin with the news that David Diehl is out coming one day after David Baas suffered a knee injury. That news spells the first preseason start for 2013 draft pick Justin Pugh at right tackle.
The Jets had a whale of a time in a 37-13 win over the Jaguars in Week 2. The quarterback battle between Mark Sanchez and Geno Smith still continues into Week 3. Sanchez got the start last week as Smith sat out with an ankle injury. Reports out of the Jets camp suggest that, assuming Smith's ankle is good to go on Saturday, he will get the start.
Meet the Giants
Tom Coughlin wasn't too happy with his team's stagnant offensive performance against the Colts in Week 2. As Big Blue View reported, Coughlin just wants a better performance all around, and that means more points, more touchdowns and more forced turnovers. Josh Brown had a field day last week, scoring all 12 of the Giants' points on field goals. The Giants only preseason touchdown came in the first quarter against the Steelers in Week 1.
They'll have to try and score more points with a new look offensive line that lost two players in just as many days this week. Baas and Diehl both got hit with injuries in practice this week, forcing rookie Pugh and Jim Cordle into more time. Cordle has played in 25 regular-season games, but never started. The Giants will have to do it without Victor Cruz as well; he suffered a heel contusion against the Colts and will likely miss the rest of the preseason.
Meet the Jets
Sanchez put up two almost solid quarters of play in Week 2 as he fights for his spot as the starting quarterback. Things were going well until he threw an interception in the red zone and then held onto the ball too long as time ended on the first half, robbing the Jets of a field goal opportunity. It was enough mistakes to let Rex Ryan remind everyone that the quarterback situation is still open for the Jets.
A lot of people are saying it is Geno Smith's job to lose, especially if he avoids the dumb turnovers Sanchez often makes. Either way, Smith will still be without top receiver Santonio Holmes, who is close to returning to practice and aiming to start in Week 1 of the regular season.
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Please don't read that to mean Prince Amukamara is now on the Darrelle Revis-Richard Sherman level as one of the game's elite cornerbacks. Watching training camp and two preseason games, it is clear, however, that Amuakamra is coming into his own in his third season. The preseason games have also shown that other teams have noticed. The Colts in particular consistently attacked the side opposite Amukamara in their passing attack.
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Pretty much everyone at Gang Green Nation is ready to see Geno Smith get the starting quarterback job.
The new guy does have upside so unless sending him out there will somehow destroy his development, he should get the job. Given Geno's extensive playing experience in college and reported quick ability to study, my educated guess would be that starting him immediately will not destroy him.
The Giants opened favored by four points, but the spread now goes as low as two-and-a-half points, according to Oddsshark.com.