Finally! Today is the day the talking finally stops and the game between the New York Giants and New York Jets finally takes place at MetLife Stadium (1 p.m. ET/FOX). After all the talking -- and all the writing -- this week there isn't much new that I can tell you.
Both Giants and Jets fans know there is a whole lot more at stake than bragging right for their teams. Here is a look at the playoff picture for the Giants. It comes down to this for the Giants -- win twice and they win the NFC East, lose today and they could be eliminated from the playoffs if the Dallas Cowboys defeat the Philadelphia Eagles in a game that starts at 4:15 p.m. ET. Oddsmakers don't like the Giants' chances of winning the NFC East, listing them with 11-4 odds while Dallas is 1-2. The folks at Cool Standings give the Giants just a 17 percent chance of going to the playoffs, while the Cowboys have a 76.6 percent chance.
With all of that out of the way, let's review what we have talked about all week.
Here at Big Blue View, we have discussed some of the key match-ups, including the Giants wide receivers vs. the Jets corners and Jason Pierre-Paul of the Giants against D'Brickashaw Ferguson. Sean offered us a complete Jets-Giants Scouting Report, and we had an entertaining Five Questions with Gang Green Nation segment.
Speaking of Gang Green Nation, the folks there are wondering just how big the Giants-Jets rivalry is. GGN also takes a stab at figuring out how the Jets will match up against the Giants receivers.
You guys also probably know I have been writing this week for The Fifth Down, the NFL blog for the New York Times. Here are the posts I have written for the NYT:
- Game Prediction
- Dyed in Blue: Unable to Stand a House Divided
- Dyed in Blue: Giants Fans Weigh In on Ryan
- Dyed in Blue: Giants Are N.F.L. Royalty
- Dyed in Blue: Wincing With Ups And Downs
In addition to all of that, of course, has been all the pre-game writing done by myself and others over at SB Nation New York.
- The SBN NY pre-game StoryStream includes posts on a lot of the back-and-forth trash talk this week, injury news and a lot more.
- There are position-by-position breakdowns of the offenses, defenses and special teams for both squads.
- There is a look at the regular-season history between the two teams.
I will also have my 'Five Things To Watch' post a little bit later this morning. That ought to be enough to keep you occupied until kickoff.