The Big Apple has seen some pretty bad football this season and on Sunday both of the city's culprits will be on display on the same field when the Jets "host" the Giants at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. The New York-area teams are a combined 3-14 after both dropped games against division rivals last week, with the Jets seeming to bottom out with a 26-18 setback at previously winless Miami.
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"They're not going to cancel our season." embattled Jets coach Adam Gase told reporters. "We've got to go back to work." The Giants have lost five in a row -- their longest slide since a seven-game skid in 2014 -- after dropping a 37-18 decision to Dallas at home Monday night. Seeing that skid extend to six against a city rival while going into a bye week could make for a long, painful stretch for the Giants, and the sense of urgency is there. "In the worst way," safety Michael Thomas told reporters of the need for a win. "For everybody in this organization. Facility, players, coaches, front office. For everybody. We need it and we're going to find a way to get it."
TV: 1 p.m. ET, FOX. LINE: Giants -2.5. O/U: 43.5
ABOUT THE GIANTS (2-7): Struggling rookie quarterback Daniel Jones had three more turnovers in the loss to the Cowboys and he has eight interceptions and eight fumbles in his eight games (seven starts). "Anytime you turn the ball over, it's costly to the team," Jones told reporters. "I have to work on that and making sure I'm securing the ball." Star running back Saquon Barkley has just 92 yards on 33 carries over his last two games, but he's made 14 catches for 146 yards and a touchdown in that span.
ABOUT THE JETS (1-7): Quarterback Sam Darnold has struggled to take the next step this season, but he's trying take some positives from a relatively solid 27-of-39 performance versus the Dolphins, against whom he threw one interception after getting picked off seven times over the previous two games. "My confidence is never going to waver," Darnold told reporters. "I'm very, very confident in myself and this team. We have flashes of going down there and scoring. We just have to do it every single drive." Veteran running back Le'Veon Bell, who has yet to have a run longer than 19 yards on the season, is battling a knee issue but hopes to be ready Sunday.
1. The Jets enter Week 10 ranked last in the NFL in total offense (223.5 yards per game), passing offense (157.3) and scoring (12.0 points per contest).
2. Giants TE Evan Engram, who leads the team with 44 catches and 467 receiving yards, is out with a foot injury.
3. The teams have not met since the Jets won 23-20 in overtime in 2015.
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