The Jets and Giants are ready for some Week 2 action in the NFL after getting opposite results in the first week, the Jets winning and the Giants losing.
The Jets killed the Cleveland Browns at home 31-10, while the Giants lost a tough game on the road to the Dallas Cowboys 27-26 after Giants quarterback Eli Manning’s miscalculation late in the game allowed the Cowboys QB Tony Romo to march down the field for the game-winning drive.
The Giants will look to rebound at home against the Atlanta Falcons. The Giants are a 2.5 point favorite, but this is a game where anything can happen.
New York will be without one of their top wide receivers, Victor Cruz, in this one. Manning will likely look to Odell Beckham Jr. as his main target. The star receiver had a rough game against Dallas only receiving 44 yards on five catches, but should likely rebound against the Falcons shaky pass defense.
The Falcons meanwhile have an underrated offense that’s nothing to sneeze at. Julio Jones is a star wide receiver in the league and proved it again last week in the team’s win over the Philadelphia Eagles when he put up 141 yards and two touchdowns. Roddy White, another WR, put up 84 yards of his own last week. The Giants defense looked anything but invincible, especially in second half when they allowed 21 points. Falcons QB Matt Ryan should be able to hit Jones and White deep a few times.
The Giants best hope of winning is that Manning and Beckham Jr. connect a lot, and that their offensive line has another strong game after only allowing one sack last week.
As for the Falcons, Matty Ice will have to lead the Falcons to another strong offensive showing because Manning will likely come back with a vengeance after last week.
The Cruz injury will probably hurt Big Blue, as Atlanta should have a more well-balanced air attack. The Dirty Birds have a good chance of pulling off the upset in this one in a close, high-scoring affair.
The Jets will be playing on the road Monday night against the Indianapolis Colts on the other hand. New York is a huge underdog in this game, projected to lose by seven points.
The Jets rolled in Week 1. Their offense looked good, as did their defense. QB Ryan Fitzpatrick and WR Brandon Marshall looked solid in their Jets debuts. WR Eric Decker had a nice week as well, putting up a touchdown. On the ground, Chris Ivory put up 91 yards and two touchdowns. He’s questionable to play Monday night, and for the Jets’ sake, they better hope he does. The problem was that they faced the Browns. The Colts are a different monster entirely.
The Colts had a rough week when they got creamed by the Buffalo Bills 27-14. Star QB Andrew Luck will be hungry after his squad was bullied by Buffalo last week. The Colts stud WR T.Y. Hilton likely won’t be 100 percent if he does play, and if he does, he’ll have to deal with Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis.
The offensive and defensive units for the two teams is similar in skill (Jets should have the better defense and Colts the better offense), but the difference lies in the quarterbacks. Luck is simply a better QB than Fitzpatrick. Anything can happen in football, but since neither team really has a huge advantage with either unit, this match may come down to the quarterbacks and home advantage.
I think the game will be closer than the oddsmakers in Las Vegas do, and while the Colts may not cover the big spread, they should have enough firepower from Luck to move them past Gang Green.