The Giants and Jets traditionally play one another the third week of every preseason with the teams alternating as the home team. This year, they will meet in Week Two of the preseason, giving Giants fan a peek at what has been going on under the tent at Florham Park.
The Giants are set to defend their second Lombardi trophy in five years while the Jets have turned into a a bizarre reality-TV venture. The Giants make incremental moves in the offseason to augment their roster while the Jets seem determined to keep newsrooms busy with controversial events that transcend NFL Football.
The focus these days in NYC is on the Jets, not the Super Bowl champion Giants, due more to curiousity than anything else, akin to motorists slowing down to get a better look at an accident.
This is a team that is so starved for attention, they invited in the most divisive event most teams pride themselves in avoiding - a QB controversy - and followed it by signing an Australian Rules Football player to play TE.
Next up: the bearded lady will saw the wolfboy in half....
The Giants, who concentrate on football and winning football games, continue to set trends by promoting and aiding their passing attack an by finding ways to throttle their opponents'.
Receiving options, pass rushers, pass blockers and cover-guys are in; smashmouth RBs and toothless LBs are out.
The Jets did not get the memo that the NFL is no longer a three-yards-and-a-cloud-of-dust affair. It is now a throwing-man's game....like the old AFL.
Even the greatest player in their history, Joe Willie Namath, who for years seemed out of touch with modern-day football, is in vogue again and scoffs at his former team's ignorance to step into the 21st Century.
Namath knows better than most that you must be able to move the football through the air in large chunks to have any chance of even sniffing a Super Bowl.
But the Jets are not buying into that. Instead of developing Mark Sanchez, they have chose to push him with a other player. Neither him or his eventual replacement - Tim Tebow - can throw the football past 20 yards with much effectiveness.
Instead they will employ the ridiculous Wildcat formation,which once fooled many a DC in this league, but is no longer going to sneak up on anyone: especially when you announce in the media that you intend to use it 20 snaps a game.....
On the other side of the field the Giants have pass rushers by the handful. Everyone they draft or sign has a pass-rushing element to their game.
The Jets need to blitz to get pressure. It may work on occasion and vs the lesser teams, but people named Brady, Brees and Manning know how to expose that tactic. And Darrelle Revis, as good as he is, can only host one guest at a time on his island. The other ten are left on the lifeboat.
The upcoming season will be interesting, that is a certainty. The two teams have different philosophies, different approaches, diffident personalities and different results.
As a Giant fan, there is pride that hard work, due diligence and decency pays off. With another appearance on Hard Knocks almost imminent, I can't imagine what it's like to be a Jet fan.