Call it the battle of New York, the battle of New Jersey, or the battle of the inept. It’s Giants vs. Jets. And maybe also a black cat.
The hapless New York Jets meet the lowly Giants in an NFL Week 10 matchup that happens every four years.
The Jets lost to the previously winless Miami Dolphins in Week 9. However, these same Jets actually opened up as ever-so-slight favorites over the Giants on the look-ahead lines posted at some of the top NJ sportsbooks.
At the very least, some NJ oddsmakers were calling this a pick’em game on Sunday night.
Most adjusted the lines to make the Giants the favorite as they prepared to face the Dallas Cowboys on Monday Night Football in Week 9. But New York lost that game, too. Some blame a black cat for the loss:
NJ sportsbooks must have been leaning on the fact the Jets are technically the home side for the Giants vs. Jets in Week 10.
A home game for both?
The thing is, both teams play home games at MetLife Stadium at the Meadowlands Sports Complex in East Rutherford.
So, both sides can really call this a home game. Although, Jets season ticket holders, if there are any left, will have the first choice when it comes to seats.
The Jets fell to 1-7 losing to an awful Dolphins team on Sunday, 26-18. Dolphins QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, a former Jet, threw for three scores as the Dolphins took a big second-quarter lead and never looked back.
Of course, the Giants headed into the Monday night game with Dallas sporting an almost-as-ugly 2-7 record. Rookie QB Daniel Jones showed promise after taking over for veteran QB Eli Manning earlier this year but has become turnover prone as the season has worn on.
The Giants stayed close to the Cowboys for three quarters on Monday night before Dallas pulled away. The 37-18 loss dropped the Giants to 2-7. However, that’s still twice as many wins as the Jets, which could be why the Giants are road favorites heading into this week’s game.
Giants vs. Jets lines and odds
Below is a look at the current point spread, moneyline, and over/under lines for the game at the top three NJ online sports betting sites.
|Jets vs. Giants||DraftKings||FanDuel||William Hill|
|Spread||NYG -2.5 NYJ +2.5||NYG -2.5 NYJ +2.5||NYG -2.5 NYJ +2.5
|Moneyline||NYG -141 NYJ +125||NYG -148 NYJ +128||NYG -145 NYJ +125|
Giants vs. Jets: the rivalry and its history
Even though they play at the same home stadium, the Giants and Jets have only met 13 times in NFL history. The Giants lead the series with an 8-5 record.
The Jets actually won by a field goal in an overtime thriller the last time the two New York teams met in 2015. However, the Giants had won five in a row dating back to 1996 before that.
The Giants have also beaten the Jets in three straight preseason games held the past three summers.
The last Giants vs. Jets regular-season game in December 2015 saw then-Jets QB Fitzpatrick complete 36 of 50 passes for 390 yards and 2 TDs. Manning went 18 for 34 for 297, a touchdown, and an interception for the Giants. Neither team ran the ball effectively.
Fitzpatrick threw a nine-yard TD pass to WR Brandon Marshall with 27 seconds left to tie it at 20.
But in the end, Randy Bullock was the hero for the Jets, kicking a 31-yard field goal in overtime to make the final score 23-20.
Somebody has to win
Unless this week’s Giants vs. Jets game ends in a tie, one team will actually get a win this week, leaving their fans only slightly less disappointed on their New York side than the other.
And who knows? Maybe someone will let the black cat out of the bag on Sunday, too.
The game airs at 1 p.m. ET Sunday on Fox.