Point/Counterpoint: Which New York NFL team has better playoff chances?
Published: Thursday, September 19, 2013
Updated: Thursday, September 19, 2013 00:09
Herlands: Last Sunday, the New York Giants and the New York Jets put together pretty lousy performances. Eli Manning threw four picks against his brother’s Broncos in an old school sibling beat down 41-23 falling to 0-2, while Geno Smith and the Jets blew an opportunity to beat the rival Patriots, falling 13-10. But did the sibling rivalry or the division rivalry prove more for their teams? Both haven’t exactly looked sharp thus far and playoff hopes already look dim. After only losing by three to one of football’s best teams, I believe the Jets will finish with the better season.
Kren: After losing the first two games of the season, The New York Giants have found themselves in a deep hole. In the first two games the Giants are at a -8 turnover ratio and are letting up 38.5 points a game while only scoring 27.0. The Giants have had the injury bug as starting running back, Andre Brown, starting tackle David Diehl, and starting center David Baas have all started the season out. Things cannot get much worse after losing in successive weeks. Things can only go up, as the Giants proved in 2007 when they started 0-2 and won the Super Bowl.
Herlands: The Giants have proven it’s possible to win it all after a rough start, but their defense was a dominating force back in 2007. The Jets rank 2nd in total YPG allowed with 241, 5th in rushing yards allowed with just 59.5, and just outside of the top 5 coming in at 6th in passing YPG with 181.5. The Giants on the other hand can’t stop a nosebleed and rank outside the top 15 in all those defensive categories.
Kren: Recently the NFL has entered a new era, the league of the quarterback, where an aerial offense attack, not a shutdown defense is necessary to win. The Giants have an electric offense which ranks 5th in overall offense with 427.0 yards per game and 1st in passing yards with 390.5 yards per game. Eli Manning, although his turnover numbers looks like those of Sanchez (minus the butt fumble), has a proven track record that includes two Super Bowls.
Herlands: That track record mainly means job security for Eli Manning this year, easily leading the league totaling seven interceptions in just two games. Yards gained aren’t everything from the offensive standpoint, because if that were true the Giants would look like one of the most dominating teams in the league, not one of the most pathetic. Turnovers lose games. I disagree with your claim that offense is more important than defense in this new era. I am a firm believer in the idea that defense wins championships.
Kren: With the new rule changes that the NFL has implemented recently, the quarterback is the star of the game. The past seven super bowls have been one by top tier quarterbacks, not players such as Geno Smith , Brandon Weeden or Blaine Gabbert. In order, Peyton Manning, Eli Manning, Ben Roethlisberger, Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers, Eli Manning and Joe Flacco. Other than the Steelers and Ravens, the other four teams are passing happy and are not afraid to air it out, showing how offense is what wins championships.
Herlands: In week one Geno Smith led the game winning drive and showed hope that the pathetic state of the Jets and the Sanchez era may be past news. The rookie has showed flashes of stardom, but also signs of inexperience and making mental mistakes reminiscent of Mark Sanchez. The Jets defense has allowed only 30 points this season even with the departure of questionably the best cornerback in the league, Darrelle Revis. The Jets look poised to eclipse a better season than most anticipated, while the Giants may be in bigger trouble than initially projected. It’s still early and it appears to be an interesting year to say the least for both New York teams this year.
Kren: The outlook for both teams right now looks bleak but I have faith the Giants will resurrect like a phoenix and come up from the ashes that the jets will walk into. Upcoming for the Giants is 0-2 Carolina, which at this point is almost a must win. Eli’s targets look unstoppable as Cruz, Nicks and Randle each had 100 yards in the first week, with Nicks and Cruz just missing 100 yards the following week. Compared to Holmes, Hill and Kerley, the Giants have the advantage in wide outs, as well as at quarterback. The road is tough ahead but the Giants have come back before, and I believe they can do it again.