This is the only time this season that the Giants and Jets will meet one another. While it’s a meaningless game in the standings, it might mean something for people who care about the whole New York angle. I can say that people wagering on this contest care about the outcome, perhaps more than anyone else watching this game. This game certainly matters to Sam Darnold, Josh McCown, and Teddy Bridgewater.
Bridgewater is being floated around as trade bait at the moment. He has shown in the preseason that he can still play football. The best sign for Bridgewater is that his knee has been holding up fine. He’s been able to move around effectively without showing any signs of his surgically repaired knee holding him back. It’s a win-win for the Jets, who could trade him or keep him on board as a serviceable backup.
The move that makes most sense is trading Bridgewater and getting something for him. The Jets already have McCown who has the wily veteran of the bunch. Bridgewater, despite it feeling like he’s been around longer, is only a 25-year-old. The idea for the Jets will be to allow McCown to play the leadership role and teach Darnold how to conduct himself in the NFL. The way Bridgewater has bene playing thus far in the preseason, they could probably get something half decent in a trade. At the very least, he’s boosted his stock in the last two games.
Eli Manning will head into the 2018 season as the starting quarterback of the Giants since 2004. Manning started seven games as a rookie and hasn’t looked back. The most recent news has suggested that the Giants and Odell Beckham are getting close to completing a deal. Beckham balked at less than a $16 million dollar deal, so expect it to be a big contract for OBJ. As is standard in the third game of the preseason, the starters will play the first-half and then maybe get a series to start the second. Get our free Giants vs. Jets pick and writeup in Week 3 of the NFL Preseason below.
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The Giants went to Detroit last week and put forth a pretty good effort in the preseason. They cruised to a 30-17 win without any issues. It’s only the preseason, but it was a good sign for a bunch of guys on the roster. Notably, backup Davis Webb was at his best against the Lions. Webb, a third-round selection in 2017 out of California, is hoping to improve his stock in the preseason.
With Eli ahead of him, he is not going to see much action in the regular season, barring an injury. Webb threw for 140 yards on 14-of-20 passing against the Lions to cement his status as Eli’s backup. The Giants spent a fourth-round selection on Kyle Lauletta. Lauletta is a developmental piece out of the FCS in Richmond. Jimmy Garoppolo is the most recent notably quarterback to come out of the FCS. Expect him to get a series or two in this contest.
With that said, there isn’t much competition going on for the Giants. They have their clear starter, Eli Manning, and then Webb has the backup role in check. Lauletta is just looking to get his feet wet and get acclimated with the NFL. Things are a little foggier when we look at the Jets, but it’s a good situation to have.
Darnold has been practicing with the first-string this week and he looks poised to lead the Jets into this game and the regular season. If he falters badly, though, that could quickly turn to doubt. All three quarterbacks have looked competent, from Darnold to Bridgewater to McCown. All of them could start, but the future is Darnold and he will of course get the nod in a tie.
Bridgewater was the clear winner of last week, as he threw for 127 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Darnold threw for 62 yards and an interception on 8-of-11 passing. Darnold and Bridgewater need this game more than Manning certainly does. I expect the Jets to open things up for Darnold a little bit, as they ease him into the starting job. This looks like a decent spot for the Jets to get a win in the preseason on what is a neutral field at MetLife Stadium. In any event, it’s still a small preseason wager.