Yes, they play every year in the preseason, but who cares?
The last two matchups brought about unbelievable intrigue and drama to the New York football landscape.
In 2011, the Giants sparked their Super Bowl run after stunning the Jets on Christmas Eve. Victor Cruz still might be running down the sidelines.
In 2015, it was the beginning of the end for Tom Coughlin, after his Giants blew a ten-point, fourth-quarter lead and fell to Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Jets in dramatic fashion.
For the Giants in 2011 and the Jets in 2015, the regular-season “Snoopy Bowl” was a real thrill.
Sadly, this edition of Jets-Giants truly shapes up to be as bad as it can possibly get for both teams.
For the Jets, last Sunday was rock bottom. They were outplayed and outclassed by a winless Miami Dolphins team that set up their roster to lose.
The regression from second-year quarterback Sam Darnold has been horrifying.
The performance of first year head coach Adam Gase has been unacceptable across the board. His team looks dead and beyond inept.
They are undisciplined, cannot adjust, and feature a roster that is one of the worst in all of football.
At 1-7, there is legitimate chatter about Gase being one-and-done as Jets coach - chatter that is completely fair and justified considering the way the Jets have played.
It’s not much better from a Giants standpoint, considering the team has not won a game since the end of September.
At 2-7, they very much have the look of a team in transition.
They are starting a young, inexperienced quarterback in Daniel Jones, who has shown flashes but has reminded you on a weekly basis that he is indeed a rookie quarterback prone to rookie mistakes.
It’s a roster that can’t finish drives, can’t hold leads, and really can’t play one lick of high-quality defense.
So Giants head coach Pat Shurmur is feeling the heat in his own right.
The Giants don’t give off that same vibe of dysfunction as the team they share a stadium with, but there’s a simple sad statistic that Shurmur must answer for: his record as a head coach with both the Browns and the Giants is 17-41.
I understand the talent has not been great in those 58 games, but as Bill Parcells once said, “You are what your record says you are.”
So as the Jets and Giants prepare for Sunday’s Toilet Bowl, it’s possible the losing head coach could be looking at the end of their tenure.
The theme of this year’s Snoopy Bowl is “Ineptitude and Survival’...plus some ugly, ugly football.
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