The battle of New York is scheduled for Saturday evening as the Giants face the Jets in their first preseason game. Both teams come from tough campaigns and will search for a positive result to give them some boost of confidence.
Although the Giants were one game away from securing the playoffs spot last season, they ended the campaign with a 6-10 score. On the other hand, the Jets want to forget the previous season, as they had a terrible record of 2-14, and they seek a positive start this time. Although this is a preseason clash, it might be more important for both sides than expected, as both sides want to set up a strong foundation for the main challenges in the regular season.
New York Giants – Will the new look bring better results?
The Giant experienced some turbulence in the training camp, and the players needed to do some extra work to maintain a satisfactory level of preparation. Head coach Joe Judge needed to force stronger discipline as the situation heated up. However, it seems that it united the roster and could eventually have a positive impact on the team. When we speak about the roster, the Giants made several bold moves to make it more competitive in the always interesting NFC East. They signed a couple of excellent defensive players, like Dexter Lawrence and Adoree Jackson, while Leonard Williams returned to the club. The Giants also drafted a hot prospect player, Kadarius Torney, while Saquon Barkley should be back after the ACL injury.
When we take a look at the Giants’ quarterbacks, we can expect to see Daniel Jones starting the games, while Mike Glennon and Clayton Thorson should get some playing time as well. Glennon is an experienced QB, and he could bring an edge to his team when coming in against backups. The offensive part of the team should have a bigger depth, especially with wide receivers. Besides Torney, we should see John Ross, Darius Slayton, and Dante Pettis on the pitch often. We will see how it will look like for the Giants.
Expected Line-Up (Offense): Devontae Booker, Dante Pettis, Sterling Shepard, Kadarius Toney, Nakia Griffin-Stewart, Jackson Barton, Kyle Murphy, Jonotthon Harrison, Chad Slade, Kenny Wiggins
Expected Line-Up (Defense): Dexter Lawrence, Danny Shelton, Leonard Williams, Lorenzo Carter, Reggie Ragland, Blake Martinez, Azeez Ojulari, James Bradberry, Jabrill Peppers, Logan Ryan, Adoree’ Jackson
Quarter Back: Daniel Jones
Kicker: Graham Gano
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New York Jets – Can they improve?
The Jets loaded their roster with young talents, especially in the offense. They signed the second-pick Zach Wilson from this year’s draft. However, the rookie quarterback joined the training camp later, as he still hadn’t signed his contract. Also, Wilson still searches for the right form and integration within the team, but he should find a connection with Elijah Moore, another rookie, pretty quickly. Besides these two youngsters, the Jets drafted Alijah Vera-Tucker. Signing so many offensive players is not surprising as the Jets were the worst offensive side last season. However, they also need to pay attention to defense as they were ranked 26th last time around.
Besides drafting talented players, the Jets had a couple of more signings. Carl Lawson joined the team from the Bengals, while Corey Davis was signed from the Titans. Sheldon Rankins is also back in New York to complete a strong list of signings. However, there is a lot of job for the head coach Rob Salah, who should integrate these players the best way possible. After this game, we could have a clearer picture of how much these youngsters are ready to step up.
Expected Line-Up (Offense): Tevin Coleman, Vyncint Smith, Keelan Cole, Elijah Moore, Ryan Griffin, Chuma Edoga, Dan Feeney, James Murray, Conor McDermott, George Fant
Expected Line-Up (Defense): Carl Lawson, Sheldon Rankins, Folorunso Fatukasi, John Franklin-Myers, Hamsah Nasirildeen, C.J. Mosley, Jarrad Davis, Bless Austin, Lamarcus Joyner, Marcus Maye, Bryce Hall
Quarter Back: James Morgan
Kicker: Chris Naggar
Expert Pick #1 – Giants to Win ML +100
Although it is tough to predict whether these two head coaches care too much about preseason matches, I can see the value in backing the Giants as the main bet. Taking the Giants ML can double your stake, and they should be a better team despite the Jets signed a lot of quality youngsters.
Expert Pick #2 – Giants +1 @-110
Those who want to go a bit safer might wager the Giants at the +1 spread. The odds are a bit lower than in the main pick, but it is another value bet, in my opinion, at least. Therefore, I take the Giants at +1 as my second pick.
Expert Pick #3 – Over 35 @-110
When it comes to totals, we might see more than 35 points in this clash. I count on the youngsters to show their capabilities and try to impose themselves on their coaches. Therefore, my third bet is Over 35 at the -110 odds.