Welcome back to another edition of ‘The Super Bowl Race In The Perspective Of Chase’, a close to daily NFL article previewing your favorite teams season! We finally have a battle of two good New York football teams at Metlife Stadium this year, both of which having the potential to make a deep playoff run. The Giants were a divisional round team last year, and the Jets started 6-3 before falling off and just acquired 4x MVP Aaron Rodgers. Here is an extensive preview of the New York Jets and New York Giants going into 2023!
It has to be answered: Can Aaron Rodgers elevate the Jets to the playoffs and is Daniel Jones the long-term answer for the Giants?
Last season, the Jets and Giants almost both had a winning season in the same year for the first time since 2010. Both it wasn’t fully because of their quarterback position. Daniel Jones was good, and good enough to receive an $160 million dollar deal this offseason, but only threw for 15 touchdowns. His five interceptions and 67% completion rate was good, but 160 M’s was a little generous. For New York, 2021 #2 overall pick Zach Wilson was an absolute disappointment, completing under 55% of his passes with a 6:7 TD-INT ratio. The Jets did have a winning record with him, but iwas obvious he was not the long-term answer anymore.
The running game for these teams was intriguing. Saquon Barkley finally stayed healthy and had an incredible season, rushing for over 1300 yards and ten touchdowns. Daniel Jones also ran for over 700 and seven scores.\For the Jets, Breece Hall was averaging close to 70 yards per game in his just seven contests before going down with a season ending ACL tear. However, nobody else really stepped up to the plate as Hall led the Jets in rushing yards despite not even playing half of their games! In the receiving game, Darius Slayton was the top guy for the Giants with 724 yards, and the Jets were lead by Offensive Rookie of the Year Garrett Wilson whom had over 1100 yards in 2022.
Defensively, the Giants were lead by safety Julian Love in the tackling department with 124, and on the defensive line Dexter Lawrence had 7.5 sacks and 28 QB hits and rookie 5th overall pick Kayvon Thibodeaux also showed amazing promise. The Jets on the other hand some insane studs, as rookie Sauce Gardner may have been the best cornerback in the league, receiving the highest PFF grade among CB’s and being awarded a 1st-Team All Pro appearance. Quinnen Williams had 12 sacks and 28 QB hits last year and was awarded 1st-Team All Pro, and C.J. Mosley had 158 tackles, a mark that ranked 8th in the NFL!
This offseason was busy for both teams after neither of them received significant amount of success. The Giants drafted Deonte Banks to add to the secondary, but they’re biggest moves include bringing in Darren Waller, and extending Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley. Waller, while only playing nine games last year, is one of the best tight ends in football when healthy so that’s a good move. I’m not sure signing Daniel Jones to that much money is good enough, but the main thing I’m thinking about is that despite signing Saquon Barkley to essentially the franchise tag, with their salary in the future, I’m not quite sure Saquon will have many or even any more years after this as a Giant, which should scare the organization long-term.
For the Jets, obviously their biggest move of the offseason was trading for Aaron Rodgers. The Jets traded a 1st, 2nd, sixth and 2024 conditional round draft pick (1st rounder if Rodgers plays 65% of offensive snaps, 2nd rounder if he doesn’t) to the Packers for a slightly lower first round and the 2x reigning MVP this time last year. And to make him happy, they brought in receivers like his teammates Allen Lazzard and Randall Cobb and others like Mecole Hardman. Not to mention they brought in Dalvin Cook, who still had a very good year in Minnesota. However, his role next Breece Hall is probably a 1A-1B position. This can now make the Jets offense possibly dangerous in 2023.
For the Giants, they’re a team that was just in the divisional round and got better in the offseason. For the Jets, they haven’t made the playoffs in 16 years but have all of the talent to now do so. A battle of New York/New Jersey football teams at Metlife Stadium is alive and better than ever, but it may not ever result in anything at the end of the day!
Prediction: The Giants make the playoffs but exit early, and the Jets miss the playoffs but with a winning record for the first time since 2015!
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