New York Giants
Sunday Night Football – San Francisco 49ers (1-3) at New York Giants (2-2)
After disappointing late game losses to open the season at Dallas and vs. Atlanta (a loss which looks a lot better now), the New York Giants have rebounded nicely, including a resounding 24-10 victory at Buffalo last Sunday. With key injuries to QB Tony Romo and WR Dez Bryant, the Cowboys (2-2) look vulnerable, and coupled with a poor start from the Philadelphia Eagles (1-3), the Giants have renewed opportunity in the NFC East “Pennant Race”. This weekend, they’ll face a 49er squad that lost multiple players to injury, free agency, and retirement during the ’14-’15 offseason…and most importantly, their coach, Jim Harbaugh. Ownership’s decision to not renew Harbaugh’s contract at the conclusion of the ’14 season, led to his move back to college, and his alma mater, the University of Michigan. Former Offensive Line coach Jim Tomsula is now the 49er HC, and he is already battling to keep an offensively and defensively challenged team together. QB Colin Kaepernick has regressed over the last 2 season, and has 67.7 passer rating entering this game, third worst among qualifying NFL QBs. There are no “layups” in the NFL, but the Giants can pay the 49ers back for a tough Week 11 loss at Met Life Stadium in ’14 – get over .500, and start to set the agenda in the division.
New York Jets
New York Jets (3-1), bye week
As we thought would occur last week, the Jets dominated the line of scrimmage in London, and cruised to a 27-14 victory over the Miami Dolphins. RB Chris Ivory set the tone from the opening drive, scoring on a 3-yard TD run. For the game, Ivory carried 29 times for a career high 166 yards. QB Ryan Fitzpatrick was a solid, 16 of 29 for 218 yds, 1 TD / 1 INT. The Jets completed an excellent 1st Quarter of the season, and will resume their season Sun, October 18th at Met Life Stadium against the Washington Redskins (2-2). In the aftermath of their lackluster performance, Miami Owner Stephen Ross did make a coaching change, replacing the embattled Joe Philbin, with TE coach Dan Campbell. Campbell is a former New York Giant TE (’99-’02).