The 5-6 New York Giants will take on the 6-5 New York Jets this Sunday afternoon at Met Life Stadium. The Jets are coming off an impressive 30-18 home win over the Miami Dolphins while the Giants are coming off a disappointing 20-14 road loss to the Washington Redskins. Both of these teams are still alive in the playoff race and while the Giants are listed as the visitors for this game, they get to play in their home stadium.
The Jets played well on both sides of the ball last week and this game was never in doubt. Defensively, they shut the Dolphins out in the first half. They forced Ryan Tannehill into 2 turnovers as they intercepted him and recovered his fumble. They also sacked him 3 times for a loss of 30 yards. The Defensive line absolutely shut down the running game as Miami only had 12 rush yards on 19 carries. Offensively, Ryan Fitzpatrick played brilliantly as he completed 22 of 37 passes for 277 yards and 4 touchdowns. He didn’t throw an interception and had a passer rating of 119. His favorite target was Brandon Marshall who had 9 receptions for 131 yards and 2 touchdowns. Marshall is having a great first season with the Jets as he has caught 71 passes for 931 yards and 9 touchdowns so far this year. Eric Decker also had a nice game catching 5 passes for 62 yards and a touchdown. Chris Ivory led a balanced running game with 21 passes for 87 yards and a touchdown.
The Giants offense struggled mightily the first 3 quarters as they failed to score and Eli Manning finished with a quarterback rating of 18.5. Manning completed 26 of 51 passes for 321 yards and 2 touchdowns. He also threw 3 interceptions one of which was returned for a touchdown. The offensive line allowed him to be sacked 3 times for a loss of 22 yards and they struggled to open up lanes for the running game, which was non-existent. As a team, they gained 33 yards on 13 carries. The lone bright spot on offense was Odell Beckham Jr. who had 9 receptions for 142 yards and a touchdown. Defensively, they didn’t have a sack or force a turnover and allowed over 400 yards of offense. They were susceptible to the big play as they allowed 2 plays to go for at least 45 yards including a 63-yard touchdown to Desean Jackson.
Both teams are dealing with injuries, as the Darrell Revis and Brandon Marshall are questionable for this game while the Giants Larry Donnell is out. The Jets are 5-5-1 against the spread as the Giants are 6-4-1. Both teams have gone 2-3 in their last 5 games and the Jets are very slight favorites in this game as Vegas expects this game to be very close. Both of these teams still have much to play for and the crowd will certainly be ready.
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