Premature hints of a "Subway Super Bowl" alive and well on the web

Oh, what two weeks can do.

The New York Giants and Jets have found themselves in the middle of some speculation throughout the web that they could end up facing each other in February. Granted, we are only two weeks into the season, both teams have fared well in their matchups thus far.

The first win for the Jets was not much of a surprise, as they knocked off the Houston Texans. What made that game important, however, was the fact that rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez won his first game in the NFL, silencing several “bust” critics for at least  a week until his team faced the New England Patriots.

Well, Sanchez made sure nobody would be critical of him the following week, leading the Jets to their first home victory against the hated Patriots since 2000. Yes, you read that right.

In the other conference, the Giants took care of business in their first test of the season, snatching a divisional game from the Redskins at home. With question marks surrounding the team’s receivers, Eli Manning gunned a touchdown pass to second-year wideout Mario Manningham in the second quarter. The defense did a great job under new defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan, putting pressure on Redskins quarterback Jason Campbell from all directions.

While the Giants seemed a bit sloppy in the red zone during their 27-23 victory against Washington, they came out firing the following week in Dallas. In front of over 105,000 fans, Big Blue stormed into the new Cowboys’ Stadium and silenced them all. Defensive back Bruce Johnson made Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo look silly, picking off a pass and returning it for a touchdown. The Giants’ offense looked crisp in the passing game behind the solid offensive line, with wide receivers Mario Manningham and Steve Smith each catching 10 passes and finding the endzone. Following a 56-yard drive late in the fourth quarter, Lawrence Tynes came out and kicked the game-winning field goal in walk-off fashion to beat Dallas, 33-31.

For the Jets, they key to success for the season will have to fall on their rookie quarterback. Rookie mistakes are going to happen, it will just be a matter of how often. For Big Blue, the team needs to do a better job in the red zone. Too many times, the team is having to settle for field goals.

I know it is early, but it certainly is entertaining to toy with the thought of the two teams from the Meadowlands duking it out in the big game.


Giants to kickoff 2009 season at home today at 4:15

The Giants will open their season against the Washington Redskins today at Giants Stadium, with a kickoff time set for 4:15 pm.

In a season that holds quite a bit of uncertainty already with several new faces on the team, the Giants are confident that they don’t need Plaxico Burress to succeed this season. Burress, who will be off to prison soon, was a key part of the offense led by quarterback Eli Manning. With the legal news swirling Burress, the Giants let the receiver go this past offseason and began to look forward. The team drafted several wide receivers that are now looking to become a big part of replacing Burress, including Ramses Barden and Hakeem Nicks. Neither of the rookies are expected to start, but they should see their fair share of action early on.

We’ll see how that wide receiver situation works out, but otherwise the Giants are looking better than ever. Their defense shouldn’t have much difficulty holding their opponents to minimal yardage throughout the season, and the offensive line looks like it will protect Eli Manning without a problem.

The Redskins, who finished in last place last season with an 8-8 record in a very competitive NFC east, will be traveling to New York to open the season for the second straight year. Coverage of the game will begin on FOX following the 1 PM games.

No surprise that Giants release Tyree

Former Giants’ WR David Tyree, who was released this past week by the Giants, was known for his special team abilities and for catching a key pass in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl XLII that propelled the Giants to victory over the undefeated New England Patriots.

But that’s about all he was known for.

Although many people may not realize that Tyree was actually a wide receiver, the Giants did — and it was evident when the team determined that the rest of the receivers on the team were better than him going into this season. The release was no surprise, and it seemed like something that was waiting to happen for quite some time as Tyree treaded water on the lowest possible portion of the depth chart throughout his career in a Giants uniform.