On Sunday, the Battle of New York will ensue.

Despite the Giants and Jets meeting only every 4 years, this one is always fun.  The Giants come into this one having to get a win to continue to get their season back on track.  The Jets are in a similar boat, coming off their bye with a 3-3 record.  To get ready for this meeting on Sunday, let’s take a look back at the Giants and Jets Matchup back in 1999.

Coming into this game, the Giants were facing some turmoil.  Quarterback Kerry Collins was about to make his second start after taking over for a struggling Kent Graham.  Head Coach Jim Fassel was giving Quarterbacks Coach Sean Payton full control of offensive play calling.  To top it all off, star Defensive End Michael Strahan had criticized Head Coach Jim Fassel for not allowing Linebacker Jessie Armstead to rip the offense, and stated how the defense was tired of carrying the offense.  The Giants had to answer the bell, and all they did was explode on offense.  By halftime of this game, the Giants were up 27-7 on the 2.5 point favorite New York Jets.  The Jets and the returning Bill Parcells would put up a fight in the 2nd half, scoring 21 points, but they were no match for the Giants, who would win 41-27.

The offense certainly answered Michael Strahan’s criticism’s.  They would put up 490 total yards.  Kerry Collins would throw for 341 yards and 3 touchdowns.  All 3 of those touchdowns would go to Wide Receiver Amani Toomer, who had 181 yards receiving.  Running back Joe Montgomery would rush 38 times for 111 yards and a touchdown.  Despite the Giants defense letting up points in the second half, they did enough to get the Giants the much needed win.  This win would bring the Giants to 6-6 on the season and keep their season alive.

Brian Daboll has done a good job of holding this locker room together through this rough start to the season.  Despite this, there are similarities to draw from Michael Strahan’s criticisms of the ’99 Giants.  The defense is carrying the Giants right now.  Tyrod Taylor will once again start this game, but he is a more then capable backup.  The Giants offensive line is getting healthier, the defense is playing well, and the schedule is easing up.

Do as you did in 1999, and get a win against the Jets to keep your season alive.

Highlights to this Classic:

(Photo: AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

 

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