New York, New York, will be headlining tonight’s Monday Night matchup. Courtesy of tropical storm Irene, the anticipation for this game is mounting–supposed to be played Saturday night, then postponed to Sunday afternoon, kick-off will finally go down at 7:00pm Monday Night. The Giants look to bounce back from a win/loss preseason game from last week. Handed the Bears a beat down of 41-13, but at the same time lost a vital part of their defence in the midst of stomping the bears. Losing one of the best corners in the game, Terrell Thomas will now be missing the rest of the season with torn knee ligaments. Not something any coach wants to see happen, but especially in preseason to a player of Thomas’s calibre. Both teams will be hoping to escape this game injury free, as they will be both thrown back into action for Thursday night games to conclude this preseason.
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When these two teams get into action, you can always expect an entertaining game. When you are battling for the right of best team in New York you shouldn’t expect anything less. Yes, it is just preseason, but a great time to get a real look at some players in a game that will definitely be an intense stadium, and be as close to a regular season situation during this preseason. Expect to see mostly opening day starting line ups for the first half, with rookies getting most of the second half to prove themselves.
As regular season approaches, it’s time to start making your mark on the league. Both teams are sitting at 1-1 records this preseason, and look to climb to 2-1 going into Thursday night’s games. Although Eli seems to believe he is in the same class as Brady, and other brother Peyton, I wouldn’t be so sure. Eli has been less than sharp this preseason with a stat line sitting at 12/25 for only 114 yards and no TD’s. Now it’s tough to compare yourself to the top 2 quarterbacks in the game, when your offence is carried by your run game. The Jets will not let Manning get the better of them tonight either. An always improving Jets squad looks to take control of this game with its defence and capitalize on Eli’s mistakes, because there are bound to be a few. Sanchez has looked sharp this preseason, and with more weapons than last year, expect Sanchez to get better every week.
In the battle for MetLife stadium tonight, I would look for the Jets to claim it this time around. Rex will do whatever it takes to prove they are the best team in New York, preseason or not, he always wants to win. See the Jets doing just about whatever they want tonight. Expect to see Burress burn his old team at least once, and a definite threat in red zone opportunities.
After tonight’s game, both will be running on short rest to take on tough teams to conclude the preseason. Jets will play host to the Eagles, and the Giants will take on the Patriots. Expect tonight to be headed, as both look to take the claim of “Best Team in New York” until they meet again on Christmas Eve.