With game three of the NFL Preseason now in full swing, the New York Jets and Giants gear up for the annual “Snoopy Bowl.”
- NFL Preseason Week 3
- New York Jets (1-1) @ New York Giants (1-1)
- MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ, 7:00 PM ET
By Robby Sabo
Each August MetLife Stadium treats fans to the exhibitions of exhibitions – the annual Snoopy Bowl featuring the New York Jets and New York Giants.
While the third NFL preseason game brings more anticipation with starters routinely playing into the third quarter, it’s still the preseason. Or what WFAN’s Joe Benigno likes to call “the NFL version of non-alcoholic beer,” dress-rehearsal or not.
Regardless, the 2015 Snoopy Bowl will get underway tonight at 7 PM ET.
— New York Giants (@Giants) August 29, 2015
For Tom Coughlin’s crew staying healthy needs to be priority number one. Through training camp and two preseason games the Giants have gotten so banged up in the secondary that the depth is completely unrecognizable.
Aside from the Giants decimation, this game could provide an important glimpse into the future. Through four games in total, both first-team units have been downright awful despite each having a record of 1-1.
The Jets first-team offense was respectable against Detroit in Week 1 with Ryan Fitzpatrick leading them to an opening drive field goal. The defense showcased terrible fundamentals while allowing rookie Ameer Abdullah to run rampant.
Their second showing against Atlanta was no better, falling behind 14-0 early. It forced rookie head coach Todd Bowles to leave the starters in well into the second quarter.
The Giants have experienced the same ineptitude. So bad that Odell Beckham Jr. has already showed more frustration in two preseason game then he did all of 2014 by shoving opposing safeties and short-arming deep passes.
Speaking of Beckham Jr., one matchup that should be fun to watch for a half will be that of Darrelle Revis covering the Madden NFL 16 cover boy. Beckham is still in search of his first career preseason catch.
In essence, the 2015 version of the Snoopy Bowl brings us two very questionable NFL teams. It also brings a year for which both teams play each other during the regular season (December 6, Week 14). So the question of how deep each squad goes into the playbook also looms large.
The normal exhibition could actually become more of a meaningless game.
Nobody cares about so-called bragging rights in preseason game. What Coughlin and Bowles are looking for, however, is execution and progression.
Kickoff is slated for 7 PM ET from East Rutherford, NJ.
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