Football in New York

The NFL has returned, and both the New York Giants and New York Jets come into the season with different expectations. The Giants are coming off a 3-13 season, the worst record in the franchise’s 94 year history. The Jets went 5-11 last season, matching their win total from the 2016 season. The Giants picked second in this years First Year Player Draft, while the Jets made an aggressive move from the sixth spot to number three by making a trade with the Indianapolis Colts.

The season is now two weeks in, and the Giants are 0-2 while the Jets are 1-1. The Giants first loss in week one was at the hands of the Jacksonville Jaguars by a score of 20-15. Although it was a losing effort, there were a few things to like heading into week two against the Dallas Cowboys. The Giants defense looked solid, while the offense was able to move the ball upfield. The Jets started their season on the road against the Detroit Lions in a highly anticipated debut for their new quarterback, Sam Darnold.

After Darnold’s first pass attempt on the very first play of the game was intercepted and returned for a touchdown, he settled down while the Jets defense made plays en route to a blowout victory of 48-17. It was the most ever points scored in a road game in franchise history for the Jets.

Week two saw both teams have high expectations throughout the week, as the topic of all the local radio stations was how both teams can and should win after what was seen in week one. The Giants were in Dallas, while the Jets had their home opener against the Miami Dolphins, divisional opponents that happen to get in each others way for the better part of the last fifty seasons. Both teams knew that a win within the division this early in the season could go a long way in terms of how the playoffs could set up at the end of the season. Unfortunately both squads laid an egg.

The Jets played first, coming out flat in the game’s first half. They did make a few plays on offense, but turnovers plagued the Jets all game long and the home opener was spoiled as the Dolphins went on to win 20-12. The Giants game was on national TV, as they usually are against Dallas, because the ratings for the game every year are superbowl like. Both fan bases are so big that everyone stops to watch. Like the Jets, the Giants came out flat in the first half looking terrible in every phase of the game. They lost to the Cowboys by a score of 20-13, making the poor first half look even worse.

Week three has the Jets in Cleveland against the Browns on Thursday Night Football, once again a winnable game that they could easily lose if they’re not careful. The Browns are looking for their first win in well over a year, so the hunger for victory should be there. The Giants stay in Texas but will go down south to Houston to play the also 0-2 Texans. Another game that can go either so it will be exciting to see how that turns out. They could win although most experts are down on the Giants, but even though they are 0-2, the Texans do have the talent to take charge at home.

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