New York Giants vs. New York Jets
Date and Time: Friday, August 24, 2018, 7:30 p.m. ET
Location: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
Opening NFL Odds: Jets -1, 42
Giants vs. Jets TV Coverage: Local TV
After getting embarrassed at home by the Cleveland Browns in their preseason opener, the Giants hit the road for Motown with the look of a team determined to get into the win column for their new head coach. And win is exactly what they did after logging the comeback 30-17 outrightwin and cover as 3 point underdogs per the closing NFL odds.
Though Eli Manning, Saquon Barkley and Odell Beckham Jr. didn’t take a single snap, the offense still managed to rack up 299 yards of combined offense and thrived both on the ground ( 96 yards ) and through the air ( 203 yards ). Backup Davis Webb led the charge completing 14 of 20 passes for 140 yards and a touchdown, while Wayne Gallman was the standout in the backfield logging 26 rushing yards and two total touchdowns. Manning is expected to go in this week’s dress rehearsal.
The Jets pitched a shutout in their exhibition opener at home against Atlanta whom they defeated 17-0 by way of playing some stifling defense. Though Matty Ice, Julio Jones and a bevy of other key cogs didn’t suit up for that one, it was still impressive to see New York hold the Falcons to a grand total of 254 yards. It also registered three quarterback sacks.
Unfortunately, the team’s defensive prowess wasn’t carried over into last week’s tilt in Washington against the Redskins whom they fell to at the gun by a 15-13 final count. Gang Green conceded nearly 350 yards of total offense! Dependent upon where you got into that market, you either won, lost or pushed. Another reason why it’s so important to get down on these exhibition games early as volatile the market is.
Matchup to Watch
Time is running out for the Giants to solidify an offensive line that was one of the worst aspects of last year’s team. It lent a hand to the team’s 3-13 overall record and subsequent firing of the prior regime. Pat Shurmur has come out publicly with concerns about the unit even though upper management signed prized acquisition Nate Solder in the offseason.
"I think we’re a little unsettled along the offensive line. We still have to figure out which OL we’re taking onto the 53, and we may take an extra one than usual."
The Jets have logged five QB sacks through the first two weeks of exhibition play. New York conceded a pair to the Browns in Week 1, but kept their QB’s jerseys clean last week against the Lions. This will be a solid litmus test for a unit still in flux, so look for the Giants offensive play calling to really push the envelope and see just where their front wall stacks up.
Giants vs. Jets Free Picks
I got a felling both sides are going to come to play in this one. With the Giants looking to get a better idea of who it will be going into the regular season with along the front line, and the quarterback rotation still unsettled for the Jets, this game is set up to fall in line with the recent meetings. Dating back to 2013, the teams have combined for high scorers four of the last five times.
With that, I’ll be fading the early bettors that’ve flocked to the under at a near 67 percent clip and look for a high scorer to play out. The last five meetings combined for an average of 50.8 points per game which makes the number to beat extremely palatable since the No. 1s figure to get a bulk of the playing time for both squad’s dress rehearsal.
NFL ATS Pick: Over at BookMaker.eu
NFL Score Prediction: Giants 28 – Jets 23