Posted by briesen on August 2nd, 2012
The New York Giants are coming off their second Super Bowl win in the last five years. The core of their young team is almost exactly the same. Eli Manning has only gotten better every year since his first Super Bowl MVP in 2008. The other New York team, the Jets, are coming off a disappointing 8-8 year. Their biggest off season pick up was a back up quarterback who may spend more time on the back page of the New York Post then in the endzone. Despite all this, the Jets will have a better record then the Giants come years end.
Two years ago the Jets were one of the most feared defensive teams in the league finishing 3rd best in points allowed. Last year, despite not losing much in terms of players, they fell to 13th. Rex Ryan is back to calling the defense this year and that should help regain their 2010 form.
The real reason behind this prediction is the schedule of the two New York teams. The Giants have (arguably) the hardest schedule in the NFL while the Jets sport one of the easiest. The Giants get to play just five teams that finished under .500 last year, while also playing seven games against teams that made the playoffs. On the other hand, the Jets get to play eight games against teams below .500 and just five games against playoff teams. The Jets finished just one game behind the Giants last year and the two team’s schedules should be enough for the Jets to gain at least one if not two games.