Left Menu
Development News Edition

Jets, Giants meet looking to turn around awful starts

Reuters | New York | Updated: 08-11-2019 23:48 IST | Created: 08-11-2019 23:47 IST
Jets, Giants meet looking to turn around awful starts
Image Credit: Pixabay

The rare regular-season meetings between the New York Jets and New York Giants usually serve as an opportunity for one fan base to determine bragging rights over the other. But on Sunday, when the Jets "host" the Giants in a battle of skidding MetLife Stadium tenants, the New York metropolitan area will be reminded just how bleak its football landscape has become.

The Jets and Giants are each coming off their most recent discouraging defeats. On Sunday, the visiting Jets suffered a 26-18 loss to the previously winless Miami Dolphins. A night later, the host Giants squandered a nine-point second-quarter lead and fell to the Dallas Cowboys, 37-18. The Jets (1-7) and Giants (2-7) haven't played each other while being this low at the same time since Sept. 22, 1996, when the Giants edged the Jets, 13-6. The Giants finished 6-10 in Dan Reeves' final season as head coach, while the Jets went 1-15 under Rich Kotite, who was also dismissed following the season.

While Giants head coach Pat Shurmur hasn't exactly endeared himself to the Big Blue faithful, he isn't under as much fire as first-year Jets head coach Adam Gase, who is beginning to "inspire" comparisons to Kotite, who went 4-28 in his two years with the Jets. "We're 1-7," Gase told reporters this week. "Everybody feels like crap."

The Giants aren't feeling much better. After Monday's loss, safety Mike Thomas told reporters the Giants need a win Sunday, "in the worst way. For everybody in this organization. Faculty, players, coaches, front office. For everybody. We need it, and we're going to find a way to get it." Both teams will be hoping to see signs of progress from their embattled young quarterbacks. Daniel Jones, a first-round pick in April who took over for two-time Super Bowl winner Eli Manning in Week 3, has a pair of four-touchdown games on his resume (he threw four touchdowns against the Detroit Lions on Oct. 27 and tossed two touchdowns and rushed for two more in his debut start against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sept. 22).

But Jones has accounted for just one touchdown in each of his other five starts and has grown increasingly turnover-prone. He has thrown eight interceptions and lost eight fumbles this season. Second-year Jets quarterback Sam Darnold came back from a month-long absence due to mononucleosis to engineer an upset win over the Cowboys on Oct. 12, but he has thrown just three touchdowns and eight interceptions while absorbing 12 sacks over three games since. During that span, the Jets have been outscored 88-33 by the Dolphins, Jacksonville Jaguars and New England Patriots.

On Sunday, Darnold threw a costly red zone interception and let a snap near his own goal line sail by him for a safety. Darnold's task may be made more difficult Sunday if running back Le'Veon Bell (knee, ankle) isn't cleared for action. Bell underwent an MRI Monday and is expected to try to practice Thursday, with reports saying he'll play Sunday. Linebacker C.J. Mosley (groin) will miss his seventh game of the season.

Jones will also be without at least two weapons. Wide receiver Sterling Shepard is out indefinitely due to a concussion, while tight end Evan Engram will miss this week's game with a foot injury. The Jets and Giants last opposed each other on Dec. 6, 2015, when the Jets earned a 23-20 overtime victory.


TRENDING

OPINION / BLOG / INTERVIEW

Post-COVID-19 Nigeria needs a robust Health Management Information System to handle high disease burden

Nigeria is among a few countries that conceptualised a health management information system HMIS in the early 90s but implementation has been a challenge till date. Besides COVID-19, the country has a huge burden of communicable and non-com...

Morocco COVID-19 response: A fragile health system and the deteriorating situation

Learning from its European neighbors, Morocco imposed drastic measures from the initial stages of the COVID-19 outbreak to try to contain its spread. The strategy worked for a few months but the cases have surged after mid-June. In this sit...

COVID-19: Argentina’s health system inefficiencies exaggerate flaws of health information system

You can recover from a drop in the GDP, but you cant recover from death, was the straightforward mindset of Argentinas President Alberto Fernndez and defined the countrys response to COVID-19. The South American nation imposed a strict...

Rwanda’s COVID-19 response commendable but health information system needs improvement

Rwanda is consistently working to improve its health information system from many years. However, it is primarily dependent on the collection and reporting of health data on a monthly basis. Besides, evaluation studies on Rwandas HIS publis...

Videos

Latest News

Parliament will debate coronavirus measures, says UK PM Johnson

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Tuesday parliament would be able to consider and debate the new measures put in place to tackle an increase in COVID-19 cases early next week.Trying to head off criticism from lawmakers, includin...

Congress, opposition parties boycott Lok Sabha proceedings, seeks withdrawal of farm bills

Congress and some other opposition parties on Tuesday boycotted the proceedings of Lok Sabha, hours after they boycotted the proceedings in the Rajya Sabha, over the government not agreeing to opposition suggestions on the agriculture bills...

Nepal's COVID-19 tally rises to 66,632

Nepal on Tuesday registered 1,356 new coronavirus cases, taking the countrys COVID-19 tally to 66,632, the health ministry said. The death toll reached 429 with 2 more fatalities, Dr Jageshwar Gautam, spokesperson for the health ministry, s...

Mirzapur Season 2 release, development revealed, what can you see in upcoming season

Fans have been waiting for Mirzapur Season 2 since Season 1 was streamed in November 2018. They are happy as we are on the verge of its release in the next month.The creators of Mirzapur revealed Season 2s release date via a teaser. They hi...

Give Feedback