Rivalry at Gotham: Bet Jets With NFL Picks to Make Giants Look Small

Swinging Johnson

Wednesday, December 2, 2015 3:30 PM GMT

Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015 3:30 PM GMT

The Battle of Gotham happens this weekend when the Jets and Giants clash. But which team will we back in our NFL picks after analyzing this tight matchup?

New York Jets (6-5 SU, 6-5-1 ATS)
After dropping four of their last five games, and failing to cover the number that the NFL odds makers were hanging in all of them, the Jets got back on track with a dominant 38-20 win over the Miami Dolphins last week and mercifully covered for all those brave enough to back them in their NFL picks. Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick notched his 100th career start and all he did was torch the Miami secondary for four passing touchdowns, no picks and 277 yards. Running back Chis Ivory also took a 31-yard scamper to the house in a game that saw the Jets clicking on all cylinders.

As the Jets enter Week 13 they are currently ranked 7th in points scored, averaging 24.7 points per game, while ranking 9th in points allowed holding their opponents to just 20.7 PPG. The Jets are bent on being known as the best team in New York and declared that a rivalry most certainly exists according to wide receiver Brandon Marshall who said, “Because it’s two teams in the same city, it’s definitely a rivalry. We definitely want to be known as the best team in New York, and we have to go out there and fight for that this weekend.”

 

New York Giants (5-6 SU, 6-4-1 ATS)
Big Blue has dropped three of their last four contests with none more disappointing than last week’s performance when they lost 20-14 to their divisional rivals the Washington Redskins. What made this loss so confounding was the way they scrapped and battled the New England Patriots in a narrow 27-26 loss as seven-point home dogs in their previous game. The bye week came and the Giants had two weeks to prepare for their showdown in DC but a series of frustrating blunders by Eli Manning plagued New York in their heartbreaking loss to Washington. It was only in the last 10 minutes of play that Manning got on track and tossed a pair of touchdowns to bring the team within striking distance but it was a case of too little too late.

The Giants have had no problem scoring this season as evidenced by their 9th ranked passing attack and more importantly their 5th ranked scoring offense averaging over 26 points per game. However the Gee Men are still 5-6 and fighting desperately for the NFC East division title against a team few would have suspected would be tied for the lead at this point in the season, the Washington Redskins. Although a wild card entry is not out of the question in the NFC, New York would like to uncomplicate matters and win outright. This game against their intra-state rivals is critical to that goal.

 

NFL Pick
I’m not sure what to make of either team this season as it has been a schizophrenic year in general. There are weeks that both New York franchises look far better than average but then they regress and lose a few only to bounce back in high fashion. However, this is a game that both teams need desperately if they are to stay relevant.

While the Giants have the game-changing combination of Manning to Beckham Jr., what they don’t have is a defense that can stop the pass. Big Blue sings the blues whenever the opposing quarterback drops back as they are dead last against the pass allowing a whopping 309 yards per game.

Snicker all you want about Ryan Fitzpatrick but he’s getting his groove on at the right time and has Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker at his disposal as well as scat back and safety valve receiver Shane Vereen. The Jets also own the 12th ranked pass defense and the top rated run defense. I like the Jets to soar on Sunday.

Free NFL Pick: Jets -2.5 (-120) at Pinnacle.

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