Giants vs Jets : New York was home to two last-place NFL teams last year. The Jets and Giants have optimism heading into 2019, and the quest to improve upon their cellar divisional finish begins Thursday as they face off to open their 2019 NFL preseason.
== MATCH INFO ==
NFL Football 2019 Preseason Week 1
Team : Giants vs Jets
Date : Thursday, August 8
Start Time : 7:00 Pm Et
The teams who share a home field meet at MetLife Stadium for a nationally televised matchup kicking off at 7 p.m. ET. It’s the 51st preseason meeting between the two New York teams, the longest-running exhibition rivalry.
Normally the teams play in the third week of the preseason, but with a regular-season game against the teams Nov. 10, this year’s edition was moved up. The last time they played their preseason matchup in Week 1 was 2010, a 31-16 Giants win. But the latest Giants vs. Jets odds have the Jets favored by 1.5 points with the over-under for total points scored set at 33.5. You’ll want to see what SportsLine expert Mike Tierney is saying about the matchup before making any Giants vs. Jets picks or 2019 NFL preseason predictions of your own.
Tierney has been a winner for SportsLine members in every sport, but the NFL is his specialty. An acclaimed sportswriter whose work appears in the New York Times and Los Angeles Times, Tierney has reported from seven Super Bowls. Now a SportsLine expert, Tierney was all over the Patriots covering in the Super Bowl, enabling him to finish the season with a sparkling 63-46 record against the spread. He’s also on a blistering 15-6 run on his last 21 picks involving the Jets. Anyone who has followed him is way, way up.
With the opening week of the NFL preseason starting Thursday, Tierney has evaluated Jets vs. Giants from every angle and locked in his strong pointspread pick. He’s only sharing it over at SportsLine.
Tierney knows the Jets should have the added boost of playing for a new coach. The Jets have won just 14 games over the last three seasons, but this year starts a new era led by Adam Gase, the former Dolphins coach who has a reputation for being a mentor for quarterbacks. That bodes well for second-year Jets starter Sam Darnold, who won’t play Thursday, but former Broncos starter Trevor Siemian, another young QB with room to grow, will.
Jets No. 3 overall pick Quinnen Williams should see action as well. Williams, a defensive tackle from Alabama, is expected to anchor a D-line with Leonard Williams on a front that ranked in the top 20 in most statistical categories last season. The talented and deep line could give the growing Giants fits.
But just because Gase’s squad may have the motivational edge doesn’t mean they’ll cover the Giants vs. Jets spread.
Giants starting QB Eli Manning isn’t likely to play much, if at all, on Thursday, so all eyes will be on rookie QB Daniel Jones, the No. 6 overall pick out of Duke. Many pundits were shocked he was the second QB taken, but he gets to begin proving doubters wrong on Thursday. Jones threw for 2,674 yards with 22 TDs and nine INTs in his final year for the Blue Devils.
Regardless of where these teams are ranked, the Giants have had the Jets’ number lately. The Giants are 4-1-1 against the spread in the last six meetings — they’ve won five of six regular-season meetings since 1996 — and they should have some confidence after finishing 2018 on a strong note, going 5-2-1 ATS over the last half of the year.
We can tell you Tierney is leaning under, but he’s isolated a critical X-factor that has him going big on one side of the spread. He’s only sharing what it is, and who to back, at SportsLine.