The Buffalo Bills are more likely to have a better season than both the Jets and Giants. But the rivalry in the state of New York is more intense between the state’s other two teams, the Jets and the Giants. While both have struggled in recent years, there is hope for both heading into the 2020 season.
Enough hope that they could win their respective divisions and make some noise in the playoffs? Probably not. The best each can hope for is to beat their in-state rival. If the odds on their win totals are any indication, it looks like the Jets may be the best bet (odds via PointsBet.com):
- New York Giants Regular Season Wins
- Over 6.5 +115
- Under 6.5 -145
The Giants were not a terrible offensive team last season, but they were not a good one, either. Having a rookie quarterback at the helm, no Saquon Barkley, and no superstar receiver did not help. This season, Daniel Jones will have a new coaching staff and a new offense to learn without the benefit of any offseason games.
Defensively, the team was terrible last season. But the roster appears to be more promising this year. If the new defense can gel quickly, the Giants could be competitive. However, the offense will likely struggle early on and make life hard on the defense.
They are not going to beat the Steelers, 49ers, Cowboys (2X), Eagles (2X), Bucs, Seahawks, or Ravens. To cover the over, they will need to win every other game—but they will not. The Rams, Cardinals, and Bears will probably beat them as well.
The Giants could easily go 4-12 again this season. Take the under.
- New York Jets Regular Season Wins
- Over 6.5 +100
- Under 6.5 -125
The Jets were not a good team either last season but finished with a much better record than the Giants (7-9 vs. 4-12). Defensively, they were a middle of the road team and even finished 16th in points allowed (22.4). But the problem was where the talent was supposed to be, on offense.
Le’Veon Bell struggled and looked nothing like the star he was in Pittsburgh. Sam Darnold continued to show potential but still needs to take a step toward becoming the star QB the Jets need. It would help if the offensive line were better, and the team would acquire some talent at wide receiver, though.
It will not be hard for the Jets to improve offensively (second-worst in points/game; worst in yards/game). Darnold will have better receivers this year, but it remains to be seen if Darnold will take the next step.
It is hard to say how many games the Jets will win. They will not beat the 49ers, Chiefs, or Seahawks. They could be competitive in every other game. Good enough to win seven? Probably not, but it will be close. Take the under.
- Jets vs. Giants
- Jets (v Giants Season Wins) -115
- Giants (v Jets Season Wins) -105
Neither team will probably cover their over, but the Jets are a better team and will win more games. Take the Jets.