The New York Giants face the New York Jets on Sunday at MetLife Stadium, which will be decked out in the Jets’ green and white as the Giants are the “away” team.
Normally, this is a battle for bragging rights, but this year is different. New York football is in such a state of disarray that this game is almost meaningless. Almost. The Giants are trying to salvage what they can for the sake of Daniel Jones’ confidence, and Adam Gase is fighting for his job.
That said, there are three things the Giants can do to ensure a victory this week.
The Jets secondary is allowing 263 passing yards per game and has allowed 12 passing touchdowns over eight games. That ranks ninth worst in the league. By contrast, they have the sixth ranked rush defense, allowing just 89 yards per game.
Knowing that their secondary is weak, Pat Shurmur needs to call more passing plays than run plays. Yes, Saquon Barkley should still get the ball on the ground, but let’s not forget his catching ability too. Utilizing Barkley as a distraction will help Jones get the ball to Sterling Shepard and Cody Lattimer down the field, where they can turn on the after-burners and pop in a few touchdowns.