This Sunday at noon is one of those days. Why?
Sunday is the first of 17 straight weeks of regular-season NFL football that will feature drama, suspense, and the highest of highs and, of course, the lowest of lows.
The idea of hunkering down in the man cave with multiple screens going and checking in on my favorite team (the Dolphins), the local teams, my fantasy teams and all of my wagers literally makes me feel like a kid in the candy store.
Of course, I’m technically “working,” but I wouldn’t have it any other way. Eleven straight hours watching games, loving life.
I may get older and older, but the feeling never goes away.
As we move closer and closer to one of my favorite days of the year, the set of expectations for the two New York football teams couldn’t be any different.
One team has their sights set on getting back to the playoffs and making a deep run in January.
The other is hoping to be bad enough to land the quarterback that can once and for all change the fortunes of the franchise.
The Giants have all the makings of a playoff contender. A top-flight defense, explosive weapons, and a quarterback that may not be the player he was, but a player that always seems to shine the brightest when he takes center stage.
The Giants will have their fair share of adversity. Whether it’s the age of Eli Manning, the play of the offensive line, or the fact that they play in one of the best divisions in the NFL, it will not be a walk in the park for Big Blue to make it to back-to-back postseasons for the first time since the 2007-2008 seasons.
The Cowboys, Eagles and Redskins all have a legitimate chance to win the division, but if the Giants are healthy and playing up to their skill set, I’d argue pound-for-pound that they are the best team in the NFC East.
Regardless of how the season turns out, Giants fans will have legitimate hope for a big season in 2017.
For the other team in town, the only hope they can sell their fans is the hope for tomorrow.
That’s the sad reality of the 2017 season for the Jets. It’s the definition of a lost cause.
The Jets have said goodbye to a ton of veterans from last year’s team.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, Brandon Marshall, Sheldon Richardson and Erik Decker are all wearing different uniforms after a nightmare 2016 season where the Jets failed to live up to high expectations.
It’s a team that will feature a historically bad offense with a terrible offensive line and no answer at the quarterback position on the roster.
The hope for the Jets in 2017 is that the season will be so bad that it will lead to a future stud quarterback in a loaded draft class in 2018 that could change it all.
Some New York football fans have the season, others have the offseason.
At least we all can enjoy football Sundays together!
You can listen to me on Sunday from 1 to 6 a.m. on WFAN Sports Radio 660 & 1019 FM.
JJ’s NFL Unlocks of the Week
• Rams -3.5
• Saints +3.5
• Cardinals -1.5
• Chargers +3.5
• Bills -8