Jets: Ryan Fitzpatrick
Giants: Eli Manning
These two quarterbacks are coming off completely opposite weeks. Ryan Fitzpatrick had his best day with the Jets, throwing 4 touchdowns and not turning the ball over. Eli Manning turned the ball over 3 times in a loss to the Redskins. Take away this one week, Eli has had a great season. The two-time Super Bowl champion has 3,021 yards, 23 touchdowns, and 9 interceptions. Ryan Fitzpatrick has been up and down, but his numbers are better than most would expect. The veteran has 2,476 yards, 20 touchdowns, and 11 interceptions. Both of these teams need their quarterbacks to take care of the football if they want a shot to win.
Jets: Chris Ivory, Bilal Powell, Stevan Ridley
Giants: Rashad Jennings, Shane Vereen, Andre Williams
The Jets and Giants use their running backs in different ways. The Jets use a feature back, Chris Ivory, and give him a majority of the careers. He is having a career year with 766 yards and 7 touchdowns already. Bilal Powell really only sees action on passing downs. The Giants have really struggled running the football this season, and go with running back by committee. Rashad Jennings is listed as the starter, and has 417 yards and a touchdown this season. Shane Vereen has had success against the Jets in the past, so we will see how Todd Bowles defends him.
Jets: Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker, Devin Smith
Giants: Odell Beckham Jr, Reuben Randle, Dwayne Harris
If you were to ask me who the best single receiver between the two teams was, I would say Odell Beckham Jr. The second year receiver is a special talent, with 72 catches, 1005 yards, and 9 touchdowns this season. However, I believe the Jets are stronger as a unit. Brandon Marshall is having almost as good of a year as Beckham. Marshall has 71 catches, 931 yards, and 9 touchdowns. The Jets number two guy, Eric Decker, already has 9 touchdowns himself this season. Rookie Devin Smith is finally starting to turn it on, with a touchdown in his last game. The Jets also have Jeremy Kerley and Quincy Enunwa. Both of these units should enjoy a lot of success on Sunday.
Jets: Jeff Cumberland, Kellen Davis
Giants: Will Tye
This is not a pretty position for either the Jets or the Giants. The Giants starting tight end, Larry Donnell, may be done for the season. Now, rookie Will Tye has stepped up as the guy. He has 21 catches on the year and has become a reliable target for Eli. The Jets leading pass-catcher at tight end is Jeff Cumberland, who only has 5 catches on the year. The clear advantage goes to the Giants.
Jets: D'Brickashaw Ferguson, James Carpenter, Nick Mangold, Brian Winters, Breno Giacomini
Giants: Ereck Flowers, Justin Pugh, Weston Richburg, John Jerry, Marshall Newhouse
An offensive line can win or lose a football game. They need to protect the quarterback and setup the run game. The Giants offensive line comes in bad shape. One of the starters, Geoff Schwartz, was just placed on IR. Justin Pugh and Weston Richburg are banged up but should play. Rookie Ereck Flowers has shown some potential, but this is a tough matchup. For the Jets, the guards have played really well. James Carpenter was a great signing. Nick Mangold is an All-Pro. The concern comes at the tackle spot, but the positive is both of the guys are healthy.
Jets: Muhammad Wilkerson, Sheldon Richardson, Damon Harrison, Leonard Williams
Giants: Cullen Jenkins, Markus Khan, Jay Bromley, Robert Ayers, Jason Pierre-Paul
This position is not even fair. The Jets come into this game with four of the better young defensive lineman in football. Wilkerson, an All-Pro, has 8 sacks already this year. Sheldon Richardson, a Pro-Bowler, has 3.5 sacks in only 6 games. Damon Harrison and Leonard Williams have been beasts against the run. Jason Pierre Paul is not what he used to be, and the Giants defensive lineman listed above only have 4.5 sacks combined on the year. The Jets line should have a huge game.
Jets: Lorenzo Mauldin, David Harris, Demario Davis, Calvin Pace
Giants: Devon Kennard, Uani 'Unga, JT Thomas
This position is close. The Giants have a couple of athletic young linebackers in Kennard and Unga who are playing pretty well this season, but David Harris is an established player who is having a very nice season. Demario Davis has regressed and may lose playing time to Erin Henderson. Rookie Lorenzo Mauldin has been a force off the edge, with 3 sacks already on the year. Calvin Pace has not made much of an impact this season. These two groups both have strengths and flaws
Jets: Darrelle Revis (questionable), Antonio Cromartie, Marcus Williams (doubtful), Buster Skrine
Giants: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Prince Amukamara, Jayron Hosley
If both units were both healthy, I would give the nod easily to the Jets. However, with Darrelle Revis and Marcus Williams both not looking good for Sunday, the Giants have the advantage. Revis is the best man-to-man corner in the game and Marcus Williams has 5 interceptions this season. Cromartie has been bad for the most part and Skrine has slowed down after a hot start. The Giants have two guys in Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Prince Amukamara who are used to covering star receivers. I think both the Jets and Giants receivers have the advantage over the corners.
Jets: Calvin Pryor, Marcus Gilchrist
Giants: Craig Dahl, Landon Collins
Just like the defensive line, this is clear advantage for the Jets. Calvin Pryor is a new man, and is playing among the best safety in the NFL. He has 49 tackles, an interception, and a couple of jaw-dropping hits this season. Marcus Gilchrist has been a good addition at free safety. He has two interceptions on the year. Landon Collins has not shown much as a rookie, with his most famous moment being a dropped interception that would of sealed the Patriots game. Craig Dahl is a veteran who has bounced around the league.
Jets: Randy Bullock
Giants: Josh Brown
Jets: Ryan Quigley
Giants: Brad Wing
Jets: Jeremy Kerley (PR), Antonio Cromartie (KR)
Giants: Dwayne Harris