Things To Watch For In Saturday Night's New York Giants-New York Jets Showdown

By Stephen Conway
New York Jets and New York Giants
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The New York Jets take on the familiar foe, the fellow co-inhabitant of the city of New York and right now, the “keeper of the keys” if you will, to the city, (based on there recent success compared to the Jets) the New York Giants.

The “New York Bash,” is always a good game to watch, even though it is the preseason. It usually falls as the third preseason game, which generally is the preseason game that all NFL teams keep their starting line-ups in for three quarters. This should be an interesting game with a lot of story lines to watch for, on both sides of the ball.

1.) How Does Geno Smith Perform?

All eyes will be on rookie quarterback Geno Smith for this game. Smith was nodded to start on Thursday, and it is assumed that he will get to play a majority of the game, probably into the third quarter. Smith was 15-16, with two touchdowns on Wednesday, which coach Rex Ryan noted during his press conference, “Wasn’t brutal, that’s for sure.” Smith has been playing well in practice; however, he missed last week’s preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars due to a sprained ankle.

2.) New York Offenses

Both the Jets and the Giants have some major questions regarding their offenses, and eyes will be on which offense is more productive. On the green side, it will be interesting to see how the Jets’ offense works around Smith. The offensive line will definitely be watched out for, to see how they fend against a decent pass rush of the Giants. Running backs Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell will look to continue to impress; it’ll be interesting to see how they play. And finally, the play of the wide receiver core will be interesting to see. Does Stephen Hill continue to impress and finally fit the part of what he was projected to be? Does newcomer Ryan Spadola inch his way closer to landing a spot on the team, and possibly a starting gig?

As for the Giants, does Eli Manning and the crew show productive against a tough Jets defense? The Giants O has been under much criticism due to the thinking that they will not be productive enough to win football games. And, of course, Manning always has to prove his doubters, no matter how well he plays.

3.) The Play Of Justin Pugh

Due to absence of David Diehl, who is likely out for six weeks due to injury, the rookie Pugh steps in the starting role at right tackle. The rookie first rounder has looked good in preseason, and has much hype. All eyes will be on him to see how he deals with an above average passing attack of the Jets.

This game should be a good one, and I for one, am excited to watch it.

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