It was a tale of two seasons the last time these two teams met, back in week 16 of the regular season in 2011.
The Giants won that game and it started a stretch of six consecutive wins, culminating in a Super Bowl championship.
The Jets, meanwhile, crumbled and skidded to an 8-8 finish, failing to make the playoffs for the first time under head coach Rex Ryan.
Saturday’s preseason week 2 game will not have nearly as much at stake, but that doesn’t make it meaningless, either.
The Jets are trying to install a new offense, and this will be in all likelihood the first time they really get to show it off.
In their preseason opener, the Jets were very vanilla with their schemes. This week, however, I would expect them to come out with a little more conviction.
The Jets’ first-team units will play approximately the entire first half against the Giants, and that means an entire half against one of the best defensive lines in all of football.
It’s no secret that the Jets’ offensive line struggled last season. They allowed far too much pressure on Mark Sanchez, and if those woes manifest themselves again this year, it will have an ugly rippling effect.
Though they may not be running overly complex blocking schemes against the Giants, the Jets’ offensive line will have all five starters ready to go, and they’ll be facing as formidable a test as there is in football.
The Giants’ defensive line is among the league’s best, and they will certainly try to make it difficult on the Jets’ offensive line and the rest of the Jets offense.
It’ll be interesting to see how the Jets offensive line performs as a unit against Justin Tuck, Jason Pierre-Paul and company, because it will definitely get them battle-tested and ready for the regular season.