Thanks (?) to Hurricane Irene we’ve got one NFL preseason game on Monday night as the New York Jets and New York Giants face off in their annual exhibition meeting.


The Jets are listed as the road team by the NFL and on the Nevada betting rotation but obviously this is a home game for both teams as they share a stadium. These teams always go hard when they face each other and there’s a little more fuel for the rivalry this year as newly rehabilitated and repatriated with society Plaxico Burress has joined the Jets after a lengthy run with the Giants. Jets QB Mark Sanchez bent over backwards to get Plax involved in the offense last week, throwing his way 7 times in limited action for the starters. We don’t expect the Giants will be as accommodating as were the Cincinnati Bengals if Sanchez tries to show them up by highlighting his new target.

Preseason games between teams that will meet in the regular season can sometimes present a unique handicapping dynamic as one or both teams try to keep things ‘under wraps’ in advance of the game that counts. The fact that the Jets and Giants play for real probably won’t matter much in terms of this meeting—the game isn’t until late December. Both teams plan to play their starters for the entire first half (the Sports Options information on the game indicates that the Jets plan to play theirs ‘one half and one series) so for at least 30 minutes the game should have a decent amount of intensity.

The Giants’ injury problems on the defensive side of the ball—particularly in the secondary—are well known but we’re not sure that this fact hasn’t been overcompensated for in the price. The Jets won’t have an easy time throwing on their foes and the Giants will look to mitigate their lack of depth in coverage with an aggressive pass rush. On the other side of the ball, the Jets do a good job getting to the quarterback with their disguised blitzes. With both teams able to rush the passer relatively well it could be a battle of field possession with an emphasis on the run. Once the starters call it a night, the Giants arguably have an edge at quarterback with veteran David Carr and former LSU standout Ryan Perrilloux behind Eli Manning. The Jets rotation behind Sanchez consists of former University of Alabama rookie Greg McElroy and Drew Willy, a veteran of the UFL Las Vegas Locomotives.

This type of game favors the points so we’ll lean to the Giants in terms of the side play but we think an even better play will be on the Under. Given the style of game we’re anticipating and the intensity between the two rivals we expect scoring to be at a minimum and for the defense and running game to be the most salient factors in the outcome. Despite the postponement for Hurricane Irene weather won’t be much of a factor. In fact, it should be a beautiful evening for football with sunny skies and game time temps in the mid 70’s. The FieldTurf surface at the Meadowlands should also be in good shape despite nearly two inches of rain over the weekend.

Bet New York Giants/New York Jets Under 35′

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