Giants need to take a page from the Jets’ book

10/9/13 in NFL   |   patrickhoffman3530   |   109 respect

Oc t 6, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning before the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: William Perlman/THE STAR-LEDGER via USA TODAY SportsWhen it comes to talking about NFL teams in New York, there is no question that the first team people think about is the New York Football Giants.

People think and talk about the Giants for their history, their Super Bowl championships, their Hall of Famers and more importantly, their ability to make everyone think that they are contenders year in and year out.

With the way the Giants are playing this season, however, they are not considered the relevant NFL club in New York right now. The Giants are 0-5 heading into week six and are looking like they will miss the playoffs for the second straight season.

The relevant team in New York right now, believe it or not, is the New York Jets. The Jets are tied for second in the AFC East with a 3-2 record and have shown the ability to come up big in important games when they need to.

While there will always be a war of words, pranks and everyone saying how much better the Giants are than the Jets, it is time for the Giants to take a look at what the Jets are doing right now. In fact, it can be said that the Giants can learn two big things from the Jets and use them in the remaining games this season.

Team Play
At 0-5, things have pretty much hit rock bottom for the Giants.

With that said, however, it seems like everyone is either blaming Eli Manning or Tom Coughlin for their troubles to start the season. While both have struggled early on this season, the blame cannot be placed solely on their shoulders.

The Giants need to start playing more like a team rather than relying on certain individuals to carry them. Yes, individuals like Manning and Victor Cruz are dynamic offensive forces but they cannot do it alone.

Look at the Jets. They have a rookie quarterback in Geno Smith and while Smith has gotten the job done so far, he has gotten a lot help from his teammates as they have bailed him out and picked him up when he needed it the most.

It is time for the Giants to do the same.

Team Defense
You can have the best offensive team in the game but if you cannot keep the ball out of the end zone, you are not going to win football games.

Through five games, the Giants have allowed 182 points. That has them worst in the league and for a Giants team that used to be tough to play against, they look unbelievably weak right now.

At the other end of MetLife stadium, the Jets’ continue to roll out a defense that gives them a chance to win every game. While they have allowed 116 points this season, the Jets’ defense has allowed them to be competitive in every game with the exception of their week four game against the Tennessee Titans.

If the Giants want to be in and win games, their defense needs to start stepping up in a big way and make the plays that need to be made.

Respect
The Giants and Jets do not have to like each other. With that said, it is time for the Giants to start respecting and learning from the Jets because whatever the Giants are doing right now simply is not working.  
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