Three Things to Watch: Giants vs Jets

As the New York Jets and New York Giants battle in the annual MetLife Bowl, here are three storylines to keep an eye on for Big Blue.

Manning up

Quarterback Eli Manning was not at his finest last week against the Indianapolis Colts finishing the game 8-of-17 for 91 yards with no touchdowns one interception and a measly 39.1 passer rating. The Giants were held out of the end zone last week and are chomping at the bit to find pay-dirt against the Jets Saturday night.

Without Victor Cruz in the lineup, Manning will aim to spread the wealth around to his talented receiving corps and test Gang Green's revamped secondary early on. Look for Manning to pick on rookie cornerback Dee Milliner down the field to try and rattle the first year pro's confidence and get the Jets' defense backpedaling. Gang Green is perennially a top ten defensive unit so expect Manning to raise his level of play to help Big Blue win city bragging rights in this preseason matchup.

Where's Wilson?

Second-year running back David Wilson is on the verge of a breakout season with the departure of Ahmad Bradshaw to Indianapolis this offseason. Wilson and power back Andre Brown will form one of the NFL's most feared backfield duos and the Giants will need Wilson to break off some big running plays to set up play-action for Manning.

Wilson is a major threat in the special teams return game and will prove instrumental in the field position battle. The Jets' run defense has been suspect this preseason after letting veterans Sione Pou'ha and Mike Devito walk during free agency, so Big Blue could go to a heavy dose of Wilson and Brown to develop a rhythm heading into the regular season.

Oh-line

The Giants have been decimated by injuries after center David Baas suffered an MCL sprain, which will hold him out at least a week and right tackle David Diehl underwent surgery to repair his thumb and is expected to miss six weeks. Big Blue will turn to rookie tackle Justin Pugh and reserve center Jim Cordle to fill the void. The Jets' pass-rush is vastly improved from last year and Rex Ryan has never been shy to dial up the pressure. Keep a close eye on New York's injury riddled offensive front to see how it holds up against one of the NFL's most complex and unpredictable defensive attacks.


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