Another week of football is in the books, ladies and gents’; Week 9 provided us with some very interesting news with the Richie Incognito story, Texans coach Gary Kubiak collapsing on the field, Aaron Rodgers’ injury that will sideline him 4-6 weeks (sorry fantasy football team owners) and Nick Foles’ seven touchdowns!
Oh, and let’s not forget the New York Jets upsetting the New Orleans Saints at MetLife, beating them 26-20 — that win pushed the Jets up in the rankings and putting teams on notice. These guys aren’t going to go down easily.
Speaking of rankings, before the start of the season, NFL’s power rankings ranked the New York Jets at No. 32 and ranked the New York Giants at No. 12. Well, things have sure changed nine weeks into the season. Let’s check where the ESPN rankings have the Jets and Giants going into Week 10.
New York Giants
This week the team is ranked No. 29 because they had a bye week, so Eli and co. didn’t have a chance to screw up.
The Giants are on a two-game winning streak. After their bye, can they come out and continue that streak and make a run at the playoffs? It’s quite possible. The NFC East is weak and the Giants are only two games behind first place in the division. The Giants have looked terrible all season — even in the games they’ve won — and in order to keep this streak going, the team is going to have to keep the gameplan they have.
The reason why the Giants are riding a two-game winning streak is because they have gone old school. The Giants are running the ball more, taking it out of the
turnover machine’s Eli Manning’s hands; running the ball, the Giants chew away at the clock, giving the opposition less time to do damage. Another reason is that the Giants are finally playing some solid defense, not letting defenses scorch them.
New York Jets
This week, the Jets are ranked No. 14, moving up two spot from last week’s No. 16 ranking.
And the roller coaster ride continues. This is how the Jets’ season has looked so far: win, loss, win, loss, win, loss, etc.
The Jets are going into Week 10 on a bye and on a high note. After suffering an embarrassing loss to the Bengals in Week 9, Gang green bounced back and defeated the heavily-favored New Orleans Saints, 26-20.
The Jets knew they couldn’t go toe-to-toe with Drew Brees and the Saints’ high-octane offense, so they came up with the perfect gameplan: smother Brees all day and keep it out of his hands as much as possible by running the ball and chewing up clock — it also helped that Chris Ivory was at his best.