For the 47th time, the New York Giants and New York Jets are set to meet in the preseason. With the Jets holding a 24-21-1 edge in the series, the two teams will go head to head on Saturday night at MetLife Stadium.
The Giants won their last exhibition contest, but their first team offense still doesn’t look ready for the regular season. After the Jets didn’t score a touchdown in their preseason opener, the team put up 30 points last week including 16 in the first half with the starters on the field.
The Giants have dealt with a lot of injuries in training camp, but they’ve been most affected in the secondary, specifically at safety. With Bennett Jackson done for the season because of a torn ACL and Nat Berhe undergoing calf surgery, Jeromy Miles and Brandon Meriweather will see extended playing time. Linebacker Jon Beason is also injured after missing 2 games last season.
For the Jets, it’s been their linebacking corps that has suffered a rash of injuries. Calvin Pace is battling a groin strain, and Lorenzo Mauldin hurt his knee on Sunday night. The Jets signed Bryan Johnson, who was cut by the Buffalo Bills in June, to add some depth at the position. Defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson hasn’t played in a preseason game this year, but he’ll take the field against the Giants.
Players to Watch
Victor Cruz suffered a calf injury that will keep him out of Saturday’s game, and a knee injury could limit Rueben Randle’s time on the field. That will give the team’s wide receivers that are trying to make the team more of an opportunity to show what they can do. James Jones led the team with 83 receiving yards last week, and Geremy Davis was second with four catches for 43 yards. Head coach Tom Coughlin has admitted that he’s concerned about Cruz’s injury, and the Giants will need other wide outs to step up when teams focus on limiting Odell Beckham Jr.
The Jets upgraded at wide receiver this offseason, adding Brandon Marshall, but they’re still looking for help at tight end. Starter Jace Amaro won’t play against the Giants because of a sprained shoulder, and that injury could keep him out for the start of the regular season. With Amaro banged up, the likes of Jeff Cumberland, Kellen Davis, Steve Maneri, Arthur Lynch, Wes Saxton and the recently added Matt LaCosse are competing for playing time. The Jets won’t carry seven tight ends, and Saturday’s game will help them make their final decision.
Where to Watch
NBC 4 will broadcast the game locally in New York at 7 p.m. ET. NFL Game Pass will have an online stream.