The New York Giants and New York Jets will battle it out for the rights to New York City on Saturday night in both team’s first game of the 2021 NFL Preseason.
Giants vs Jets Pick and Preview – Preseason Week 1
The new-look Giants roster will take on rookie QB Zach Wilson, the second overall pick from this year’s NFL Draft. The game will kick off at 6 PM ET from the home field of both teams, MetLife Stadium.
The Giants thus far have had a grueling few weeks of training camp, which got so bad at some points that Giants head coach Joe Judge had no choice but to force his players to run sprints and do conditioning. The players got into brawls and heated discussions during camp, forcing stronger discipline from Judge.
However, after that whole debacle, the Giants have said that the situation will unite this team and roster rather than break them apart.
The Jets, on the other hand, started training camp without Zach Wilson because he had yet to sign his rookie contract at the start of camp.
After signing his deal, he has struggled to find consistent play and footing for this Jets team. In the team’s first intrasquad scrimmage this past weekend, Wilson threw two interceptions and was often off trying to find open receivers. But as of late, he has started to find a groove and connection with his receivers, such as fellow rookie Elijah Moore.
With two teams going through separate tough situations to start out camp, this game will paint a good picture of where each team stands.
Giants’ New Look
The Giants made some strong moves to improve and maintain their roster this offseason, and the roster should be solid enough to contend in an always competitive NFC East however you look at it.
They resigned star defensive players such as Leonard Williams and Dexter Lawrence, signed star cornerback Adoree Jackson and former Lions wideout Kenny Golladay, and they drafted a blossoming star from Florida, Kadarius Toney, in the first round of this year’s draft.
With all those new additions and the return of star-running back Saquon Barkley from an ACL injury, the Giants are poised for improvement barring another underwhelming season from Daniel Jones.
Can the Jets Improve?
With the drafting of players like QB Zach Wilson, WR Elijah Moore, and OL Alijah Vera-Tucker, the Jets loaded up on young offensive talent.
But this is a team game, and that team includes the defense, one that ranked 26th in points against last season. However, they were bottom in the league in offensive output, so the drafting of offensive weapons makes sense.
Like the Giants, the Jets made some moves during the offseason that are bound to make their team perform better. They signed WR Corey Davis from the Titans, DE Carl Lawson from the Bengals, and brought Sheldon Rankins back to NY.
Despite the strong signings and draft picks, things will not suddenly turn around for this franchise, and first-year head coach Rob Salah will have a lot of work to do.
Giants vs Jets Pick
This is a game that will be difficult to predict, as Joe Judge has already made it clear that the Giants will treat this game as if it were the fourth preseason game, due to their only being three preseason games this season. With teams like the Giants not trying to have their stars get injured, rookies and roster fillers will get most of the playing time.
However, given the Giants’ offseason additions and strong draft, the Giants as an underdog is perplexing.
I am going to assume that Vegas is siding with the Jets due to the debut of Zach Wilson, and because of that, the Giants are a great value pick here.
Sure, the Jets may have acquired more younger pieces that will likely get playing time in Saturday’s matchup; the Giants are the better team.
I like the Giants on the moneyline at their neutral site.
Betting Pick: Giants ML (+100)