Buckle up; it’s going to be a rough weekend for New York football fans.
By Mike Florio
First, the Jets will host the Steelers and despite only being four-point underdogs, this game has all the makings of being a rough one.
Ben Roethlisberger is the first QB in NFL history to throw for six touchdowns in back-to-back games. He has done so being surrounded by perhaps the best weapons he has had since his Super Bowl days with Antonio Brown, Martavis Bryant, Markus Wheaton and Heath Miller along with running back Le’Veon Bell.
The Jets have allowed a league-leading 24 passing touchdowns this season, and have a secondary that has only forced one interception this season.
While the Jets front seven do a great job of getting after the QB, Roethlisberger has made a career off of avoiding sacks and extending the play with his legs. He also has one of the best pass-catching backs in the league at his disposal in Bell, that could make defenders miss and is a threat to break one deep at any moment.
This matchup is a rough one for the Jets.
Along with that, there have been rumors that this Monday could be “Black Monday,” for the Jets, in which they would clean house, likely including Head Coach Rex Ryan and General Manager John Idzik.
If the Jets are going to clean house at any point before the end of the season it makes sense to be after this week. The Jets are on a bye after this week, which would allow a new coach and possible GM more time to adjust.
As for the Giants, they are traveling to the North West to take on the defending Super Bowl champions Seattle Seahawks. They are an eight-point underdog this week.
The Giants struggle to score at home against the Colts, who allowed the Steelers to score 51 the game prior. The Giants will likely struggle to keep Eli Manning upright, and when they do, will have difficulty finding open wide receivers.
Besides Larry Donnell, do not be surprised if every Giants offensive player struggles this weekend.
If Peyton Manning and the high-powered Broncos offense only scored 20 in Seattle, it’s hard to imagine Eli and the Giants scoring more than 14.