While New York City area bragging rights are on the line Sunday at Met Life Stadium between the Jets and Giants, neither team has much to brag about during a season of rough struggles.
When: Sunday, Nov. 10
Time: 1:00 p.m. ET
Live Stream: fuboTV (try for free)
The Jets (1-7) are seemingly beset by misfortune and ineptitude with each passing week, with the latest nadir coming in their 26-18 defeat at previously winless Miami. They allowed three consecutive second quarter touchdown passes, before Sam Darnold threw a costly red zone interception before halftime that thwarted any momentum for a comeback.
Darnold also came under fire from teammate Brian Winters for failing to go after an errant snap midway through the fourth quarter with the Jets down nine. That resulted in a safety and further reduced their chances to rally. Darnold finished with 260 yards and a touchdown pass, but the Jets had just 246 yards after marching 75 yards with the game’s opening possession to grab a 7-0 lead.
The on-going struggles further intensified the spotlight on first-year coach Adam Gase after he failed to beat the team that fired him in the offseason. Gase has failed to create any sort of consistency with the offense, especially with Darnold who has been unable to continue his promising finish to his rookie season. Marquee free agent signing Le’Veon Bell has also struggled to produce big plays at running back.
A three-time 1,000-yard rusher, Bell has just 415 yards and is averaging a career-low 3.3 yards per carry, while failing to rush for more than 70 yards in any contest. He is also second on the team with 40 receptions, but those have amounted to a mere 242 yards.
The Giants (2-7) have the look of a team in a functional rebuild, though they are attempting to end a five-game losing streak as the “road” team in their own building. New York was on the short end of a 37-18 home loss to Dallas on Monday night, with a lack of effectiveness in the red zone a key part of the defeat.
The Giants ran 22 plays inside the Cowboys’ 20-yard line, but came away with just one touchdown and four field goals. Rookie quarterback Daniel Jones threw for 210 yards and a score, but was also responsible for two turnovers, raising his giveaway total between interceptions and fumbles lost to a league high-tying 16.
The sixth overall pick, Jones has shown plenty of promise despite those mistakes with 1,676 yards and 11 touchdown passes, along with eight interceptions. Second-year running back Saquon Barkley will try to bounce back after being bottled up for 28 yards on 14 carries and going a fourth consecutive game without 100 yards.
The Giants hold an 8-5 all-time lead in the metropolitan area rivalry, but the Jets snapped a five-game losing streak in the series with a 23-20 overtime victory in the most recent matchup in 2015. The Jets have not won as the “home” team in this matchup since a 27-21 victory in 1988.