December Football Finds NY Teams On Opposite Ends of Spectrum
by John Jastremski
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Back in late August and early September, there was a sense of optimism for both New York football teams entering the 2016 season.

The general consensus was that both the Giants and the Jets would both be well positioned to make a push for the postseason.

Well, at least one team held up their end of the bargain.

The New York Giants have won six consecutive games and have a record of 8-3 entering the final month of the season.

They’ve won six games in a row and yet there’s a sense they can play even better.

For a team that re-invented ways to lose in the fourth quarter a season ago, this group is finding a way to win.

However, the schedule is about to take a turn for the worst.

The Giants have been able to take advantage of two of the worst football teams in the league over the last two weeks.

But instead of the Browns and Bears, it will be the Steelers and Cowboys over the next two weeks, followed up by the Lions, Eagles and Redskins.

The Giants will need to find another gear to compete against the best the league has to offer.

They have generated a consistent pass rush, their secondary is full of playmakers, but they must find some consistency offensively.

Aside from the Cowboys and the Seahawks, the Giants in my opinion are the third best team in the NFC.

I expect the team to be playoff-bound, but the next month should give you a much better idea of truly how dangerous the Giants can be come January.

So, as the Giants prepare for tough competition and meaningful December football, the Jets are preparing for a nice January on the golf course.

After a ten-win season a year ago, 2016 has been the definition of a dumpster fire for Gang Green.

The only silver lining to Sunday’s heartbreaking loss against Tom Brady and the New England Patriots is that the game meant very little in the grand scheme of things.

The Jets are a 3-8 football team that will not sniff the postseason in a loaded AFC.

The Jets witnessed not only the regression of quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, but a regression of a defense that was supposed to be one of the best in the National Football League.

It’s a season that will leave you wanting so much more, but the questions will loom throughout December and into the offseason.

The offensive line stinks, the defensive line is overrated, Darrelle Revis looks like a player who is well past his prime but still making top dollar and, oh yeah, the Jets don’t have a quarterback.

It’s no secret Ryan Fitzpatrick is not going to be on this football team in 2017, so why is he still the quarterback?

The Jets drafted Bryce Petty in the fourth round two seasons ago. They drafted Christian Hackenberg in the second round of last year's draft.

It’s time for Todd Bowles to see what he has in one of his developmental guys in a lost season.

Yes, it’s sad that the only thing to look forward to over the final five games of the season is playing spoiler and trying to find out who will be a part of your plans for 2017, but that’s the reality of 3-8.

The honeymoon is clearly over for Jets GM Mike Maccagnan and head coach Todd Bowles, but a nightmarish 2016 should not lead to their dismissal.

They’ll both be under the gun in 2017 and their decisions moving forward will go a long way in determining if they’re both a part of the long-term solution for the franchise.

One franchise preparing for a postseason run, the other preparing for 2017, a tale of two New York football teams indeed.

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