There has been better times to be a football fan in New York. Both the New York Giants and New York Jets dropped their third straight loss in games they never seemed to have any control of, as both teams lost to high profile teams in the Giants’ 23-16 loss to the Green Bay Packers and the 31-13 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Both teams’ backs are now against the wall heading into week six.
The Giants will play their first game at home in three weeks when the 3-2 Baltimore Ravens will visit MetLife Stadium on Sunday afternoon. The Jets will play their second primetime game of the season when they travel to Arizona to play the 2-3 Arizona Cardinals. Both New York teams entered the season with improved rosters that produced playoff aspirations and now face the possibility of digging too big of a hole for themselves. Both the Ravens and Cardinals are talented and well-coached teams who are chasing their rivals in their own respective divisions.
The Jets definitely face the steeper uphill battle heading into week six. The Cardinals are coming off 10 days of rest with their last game being last Thursday night against the San Francisco 49ers in in a 33-21 win without Carson Palmer. The Cardinals have a loaded roster and were one of the Super Bowl favorites heading into the season. Before the season started, Jets fans went through the schedule and probably marked down this game as a lost. With a record of 1-4, they simply cannot afford a loss. The Jets did not make the playoffs last season with a 10-6 record, so starting out the season 1-5 doesn’t need any explaining of how detrimental it would be.
For the Giants, they need to open up the playbook more or something. as the offense has looked static. After two great seasons under Ben McAdoo and with Odell Beckham, the Giants’ offense was supposed to take it up a notch and become one of the best in the league. Sterling Shepard was drafted in the second round to mirror Beckham on the outside and give Eli another reliable weapon. Shepard may be the only player on the offense who fans can say they are happy with five games in. The Ravens have lost two home games to the Oakland Raiders and Washington Redskins after winning their first three games against the Buffalo Bills, Cleveland Browns, and Jacksonville Jaguars.
The Giants will have the much better chances to end their losing streak, as Vegas has them at -3 favorites as of now, while the Jets start out as +8 underdogs to the Cardinals. The Jets will have to dig deep and avoid being embarrassed for the fourth straight game. For the Giants, their offense needs a big spark and their entire team must play to their potential. The words “must-win” are thrown around a lot in sports, but both the Giants and Jets would be on the outside looking in if they start the season 2-4 and 1-5.