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Time is a flat circle, but we want to help you break it. To that end, we enlisted two experts — one familiar with the ins and outs of New York’s professional soccer teams, the other a nationally-focused soccer analyst — to answer a vital question as a weekly service to readers: are the Jets and Giants all right?
Devin Gordon, the author of “So Many Ways to Lose: The Amazin’ True Story of the New York Mets, the Best Worst Team in Sports,” observed the teams from a locally focused perspective.
Diante Lee, an NFL analyst at Pro Football Focus, offered a national vision.
The Giants defense (4-7) prompted the Philadelphia Eagles (5-7) to make four turnovers, including three interceptions thrown by Jalen Hurts, in a 13-7 home win.
An insider’s perspective:
At the start of this season, the Giants were promising “fun” – that rare breed of young but frisky, fun and athletic, but still terrible. The best kind of bad team to watch. Quarterback Daniel Jones was an adventure with every game, Saquon Barkley hit doubles and triples again, if not quite his rookie season’s home runs, and the acquisition of free agent Kenny Golladay came down with 50/50 balls as the Giants had paid him nicely. do this out of season. It didn’t click per se, as the team lost five of their first six games, but the promise was real.
And then Barkley got hurt again, and then all the Giants receivers got hurt again, and the tricks of their embattled offensive coordinator, Jason Garrett, revealed there was no trick.
Barkley returned last week, coach Joe Judge fired Garrett last week and handed the play-calling to Freddie Kitchens, who spent an epic 2019 season as head coach of the Cleveland Browns.
In other words, Sunday’s game against the Eagles had all kinds of funny possibilities: a new offensive coordinator with a crazy past, a hated rival to NFC East, and an attack from the Giants bent on being unleashed.
It was so boring. So many punts. The Giants won 13-7, but that makes it sound rather dramatic, like a grim, low-scoring grudge match. It wasn’t. It was two teams going nowhere, and the funnible is officially over.
JUDGMENT: Even the victories lack inspiration.
An outsider’s opinion:
In my culture we have a scientific term for the lethargy that the body endures after a big party: the ‘it is.
Every movement, every thought and the world around you move a step and a half slower than usual. All the normally ignoring creaks and creaks of your body feel a little more noticeable, and the only successful treatment is a long nap.
The Giants and Eagles walked around like they had the “itis” on Sunday.
The score was a woefully slow 3-0 until midway through the third quarter. Fortunately, the Giants extended their lead to 10 and held off Philadelphia, sparing viewers from the threat of extra football or the passing of the two quarterbacks.
Jalen Hurts and Daniel Jones combined for over 60 attempts but under 350 yards. The most entertaining parts of the game had almost nothing to do with their throws, unless Hurts threw one of his three interceptions.
Hurts and both Eagles running backs – Boston Scott and Miles Sanders – were each faster than Saquon Barkley, who has to look longingly at Philadelphia’s offensive line and wonder what it must feel like to get past the scrimmage.
Freddie Kitchens’ debut as an attacking player for the Giants was successful, according to the most reductionist logic available – his attack scored more points than the opponent’s. The bad news of this victory? The Giants are technically looking for a spot in the playoffs with a wildcard, an idea that isn’t healthy for everyone involved.
Verdict: Better to watch than last week, for whatever that’s worth.
In the return of quarterback Zach Wilson after missing four games with a knee injury, the Jets won (3-8) 21-14, scored the last 18 points of the game and defeated the Houston Texans (2-9).
An insider’s perspective:
Half the seats at NRG Stadium in Houston were filled with Texas fans on Sunday, the other half empty with despair.
Both the Jets and Texans came into the game with 2-8 records, meaning the loser would be the real winner in the draft positioning to select after the winless Detroit Lions in April 2022. In a sad, smug way was there was a lot to ride on this game.
The bad news from Sunday’s game is that the Jets are now one step further from second-choice in 2022. The good news is that they won 21-14 and their rookie quarterback Zach Wilson is the second overall pick of the pack. draft of 2021, played his most disciplined game of the season in his return from a knee injury.
However, the Jets won mainly by taking the ball out of their hands. They ran 34 times for 157 yards; Wilson attempted just 24 passes, completing 14 for 145 yards, and his only score came from a 4-yard quarterback goalkeeper in the third quarter. His pulse-pounding performance against a run-of-the-mill Texan defense only clouded the existential question facing the Jets front office: Is Zach Wilson this team’s franchise quarterback, or will they draft another one next year?
Verdict: The Magic 8-Ball says, “Ask again later.”
An outsider’s opinion:
What’s stopping the NFL from letting the Jets and Texans play each other every week from here?
As Bill Hader’s “Saturday Night Live” character Stefon would say, this game everything.
Two bad teams whose fans aren’t sure whether to choose draft positioning or win? bill.
The rookie quarterback Zach Wilson, who started the game as if he couldn’t hit the Hudson River from the West Side Highway? bill.
A final score that suggests a stable play by both teams, despite what actually happened? It was.
In the end, the Jets took a win over a Texan team that will face Jacksonville for the worst record in the conference.
Wilson’s performance was far from that of a franchise quarterback, but the pace he played in the third quarter was promising. Finishing the go-ahead drive with his 4-yard rushing touchdown could well be his best streak of the season.
For the first time this season, Quinnen Williams’ defensive tackle didn’t seem like he had to run defense and pass rush all the way through the run, and the Jets are seeing glimpses of making plays and forcing turnovers.
Three months is a really long time to look like an NFL team, but the Jets are here.
Verdict: I can’t believe I’m saying this, but… yeah?