Time is a flat circle, but we want to help you break it. To that end, we invited two experts – one familiar with New York’s professional football teams, the other a national focused football analyst – to answer an important question. as a weekly service to readers: Are the Jets and Giants good?
Devin Gordon, author of “Lots of Ways to Lose: Amazin’s True Story of the New York Mets, The Worst Team in Sports,” observed the teams from a locally-focused perspective.
Diante Lee, one NFL analyst at Pro Football Focus, offering the country view.
Deploying some intriguing plays, the Jets (3-11) lost, 31-24, to their AFC rivals, the Miami Dolphins (7-7), on Sunday afternoon in Miami Gardens, Fla. The Dolphins won six in a row.
An insider’s perspective:
Please give something for the Jets fans to be grateful for. This will not take much time. Braxton Berrios, a speedy, nimble receiver in the great tradition of – angel horn sound – Wayne Chrebet, was fun to watch.
With one significant exception, the Junior Jets are the best Jets: Rerun Michael Carter and wide receiver Elijah Moore look like promising players and passer Quinnen Williams could be named for the Pro Bowl. his first. The advantage of another double-digit losing season is another top pick in the next draft. It’s also a defensively rich draft, perfect for a team without a defence. And while we’re grateful, thanks to the Seattle Seahawks, who sent the Jets their 2022 first-round pick in the trade for Jamal Adams. And be grateful that the Seahawks are no good.
Now the hard part. Be grateful to Jets fans, that Zach Wilson has only had 11 games in his NFL career. Let’s admit that, as we watch the Dolphins celebrate their sixth straight win, that Tua Tagovailoa also stuck around until mid-year 2.
Verdict: Stop rooting for Jets and start rooting for Seahawks. That’s the more complete way.
An outsider’s view:
“First, you lose big. Then you will lose close.”
The words of former Florida State coach Bobby Bowden are true of all roads on the East Coast. The outcome of this match will likely hurt the Jets coaching staff more than the fan base, but both sides will draw their emotional reactions from similar events.
You could tell the Jets wanted a bad win by offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur calling the plays: a back-passing attempt to Zach Wilson in the red area; a hook and ladder in the first half; a double pass looks like a disaster until completed.
If nothing else, this will buy Coach Robert Saleh some goodwill. He is willing to empty the crate in a game of petty division to keep his players engaged. Also, he gave the green light to aggression, because, well, were the Dolphins.
Wilson is back over 50% of the completion mark, and this is the most encouraging loss of the season, one that shouldn’t be as well-typed as it once was. If the energy from this passes, the Jet can reach the other half of Bowden’s mind:
“Then you will win by a close margin. In the end, you win big.”
Verdict: We’ve come a long way. Can also see it through!
The Dallas Cowboys (10-4) beat the Giants, 21-6, on Sunday in East Rutherford, NJ The Giants (4-10) used Mike Glennon and Jake Fromm in quarterback in place of injured Daniel Jones.
An insider’s perspective:
The Giants played a football game on Sunday, but never mind about it. The Cowboys won. They will win the NFC East again. Good for them. It’s been a lost season, so instead of a meaningless three-hour football recap, let’s focus on homecoming Saquon Barkley with just 2 minutes 49 seconds left in the first half.
To catch a terrible drop from the Giants’ second-string quarterback, Mike Glennon, who is starting another start for Daniel Jones, whose neck injury has put his season in jeopardy, Barkley was forced to reach back to his body and snatch the ball out of the air. For the first time in this season, I was gasping for air. At various points we’ve seen glimpses of Saquon Superstar – the guy the Giants drafted second overall – but is he really back? Will he be able to achieve vertical speed? Will he be able to make people miss in the open space? How do we know? There is no space. However, take this one. That is proof. Barkley is back. The return is real.
Unfortunately, everything else about the franchise stinks. Unlike the Jets fans, who can remind themselves that they’re on a promising rebuild soon – with limited options and room to show for it – the Giants haven’t even started yet. the beginning of their tears. The worst is yet to come. Pray for Barkley.
Conclusion: That big box under that tree is another week of Mike Glennon at quarterback.
An outsider’s view:
Viewability verdict is at the bottom of this column. But we don’t need to hit around the bush. You know, as far as I know, this group of Giants isn’t pitching anyone’s idea of an interesting product. New York isn’t known for having a lukewarm audience, but Joe Judge & Co. is making fans dangerously depressed.
One of the reasons is that professional football meat is extracted from the participants. Nearly every interesting player in the blue shirt is wrapped in bandages and bandages, sleeping with a pillow around his neck or having a cotton swab stuffed into his nose and Vicks rubbing his chest. The injury report is like three episodes of “Grey’s Anatomy” over a month.
Against this skeleton team, cowboy quarterback Dak Prescott and his offense need not get past third gear. Jake Fromm appeared for the Giants in midfield and was even allowed to pitch (6 12 for 82 yards), which would paint a picture of how the franchise is doing this.
Comment: The bad season of college football has come. Look at the people who look happy here.
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