It’s the 48th straight meeting between the New York Giants and New York Jets in the preseason on Saturday night as bragging rights for the New York/New Jersey area are on the line because the clubs don’t play in the 2016 regular season and I think it’s fair to say they won’t face off in the Super Bowl, either. The Giants are slight favorites on NFL lines.
How To Bet on the NY Giants vs NY Jets Preseason Week 3 Expert Pick, Odds & TV Info
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Giants vs Jets Historic Betting Trends
The Jets lead 25-21- 1 in the preseason. They won last year as the road team, 28-18. Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick threw two touchdown passes and Antonio Cromartie scored on a 59-yard interception return in the waning seconds of the first half. Fitzpatrick hit 9 of 14 passes for 127 yards. He threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to Eric Decker and added a 24-yarder on a screen pass to Zac Stacy. Both teams rested most of their starters after the first half.
The clubs also played last regular season and the Jets won as the road team again, 23-20 in overtime. Fitzpatrick rallied the Jets from a late 10-point deficit. Randy Bullock kicked a 31-yard field goal on the first possession of overtime. The Giants' Josh Brown missed a 48-yard field goal field goal with 6:33 left in the extra session. Fitzpatrick finished 36 for 50 for 390 yards, while Brandon Marshall had 12 catches for 131 yards. Eli Manning finished 18 of 34 for 297 yards.
Why Bet Giants?
They need a good outing after getting blown out by Miami and last week at Buffalo. At least Eli Manning and star receiver Odell Beckham were out vs. the Dolphins. But against the Bills, Manning completed 4 of 9 passes for 44 yards in four series, in which New York combined for 33 yards of offense and one first down. Beckham had one catch for 22 yards, and was targeted three times. Meanwhile, backup QB Ryan
Nassib has four turnovers in the first two games. New York could have receiver Victor Cruz for the first time this preseason. Just practicing of late has been a win for Cruz as he had been sidelined with a groin injury. That circumstance was frustrating after he missed most of the last two seasons with knee and then calf injuries. If Cruz plays Saturday, it will be his first game action since Oct. 12, 2014 in Philadelphia. But offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan isn’t sure what to expect of Cruz against the Jets: “It’s hard to say.”
The Giants signed a new kicker this week in Bullock. The Giants were looking for an experienced kicker to play on opening night in Dallas because Josh Brown will miss the game while serving a one-game suspension for violating the NFL’s Personal Conduct Policy. Bullock, 26, is entering his fourth NFL season, having previously kicked for the Houston Texans and the Jets. He will have a chance to beat out Brown.
Why Bet Jets?
Gang Green comes off a 22-18 loss at Washington in their second preseason game after beating Jacksonville in Week 1. Cornerback Darrelle Revis made an impact in his preseason debut, picking off Colt McCoy in the end zone during Washington’s opening drive. Starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick was 4 of 9 for 35 yards, and Bilal Powell ran for 23 yards on three carries.
But the story of the game was QB Bryce Petty as he battles Geno Smith for the backup job. Petty threw two touchdown passes and rallied his team to 16 unanswered points before the defense blew it in the final seconds. He completed 16 of 26 passes for 242 yards, often under heavy pressure behind a backup offensive line. Smith (6-for- 13, 47 yards) showed nothing, throwing an interception into triple coverage.
But Smith will against function as the Jets’ No. 2 quarterback for Saturday’s preseason game against the Giants. The Jets might prefer that Petty wins the job over Smith, who could easily be traded or let go. If Smith holds off Petty, there’s a chance the Jets could open the year with four quarterbacks on their 53-man roster. That hasn’t happened in the NFL in a few years.
The Jets’ first-team defense has struggled in the preseason. But linebacker David Harris, who has 10 tackles and a sack this summer, believes that head coach Todd Bowles and defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers will actually open things up against the Giants to better gauge where the starting defense is.
“We do watch film before this game and we do a little bit of game-planning … We approach it as almost a regular season game even though it’s the preseason. It’s a good measuring stick for us,” Harris said this week.
My Expert Pick
Take the Giants in NFL betting as the road team has won the past six in this series.