It doesn’t happen often in the National Football League (NFL), but two of the league’s fiercest rivals, the New York Jets and the New York Giants are scheduled to square off against one another this Sunday afternoon at 1 PM.
The Giants are listed as the home team, but the fact is that both squads share the same stadium which is actually located in New Jersey, just a few minutes from midtown Manhattan.
The two New York squads always play each other with raging determination because the game and the “bragging rights” that go to the winner mean so much to each team’s fan base. Of course, the New York Jets play in the East Division of the American Football Conference (AFC) while the New York Giants can be found in the East Division of the National Football Conference (NFC).
That makes this game a non-conference event, but it is still important because each squad represents the same city. And while Won-Loss records generally mean a lot in the NFL, team records mean much less in this game because the teams are such intense rivals.
So the fact that the Jets have a Won-Loss record of 6-5 and the Giants sport a Won-Loss record of 5-6 means little. Determination, desire and execution on the gridiron will likely be the factors that lead directly to the final outcome.
Of course, the New York Giants will have more fans watching the game because they are the home team. But, as always happens when these two teams play one another, Jets fans will somehow find their way into the stadium in surprisingly large numbers.
When the game begins, the “G Men” will test “Gang Green’s” very stout defense when franchise quarterback Eli Manning throws passes to every part of the field. The team in the green and white uniforms will counter with its own solid offense and a running game that is certain to find holes against a Giants defensive line that has trouble “stuffing the run.”
It should be a very exciting and competitive contest that will be played before “a packed house” of screaming, excited and animated fans. As every football fan knows, in this game past records mean nothing, execution means everything.
And the team that jumps out to an early lead may be hard to catch. This game, between two playoff hopefuls, has a lot on the line. A win by either team means that postseason play is still possible. A loss can be devastating and can easily lead to an early winter vacation.
The squad that makes the fewest errors and avoids penalties while playing wisely should emerge with an all-important victory.
Courtesy of the Huffington Post