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Three Things to Watch: New York Jets at New York Giants

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Three Things to Watch: New York Jets at New York Giants

Two New York teams meet, technically at home and technically in New Jersey, not New York. Which, if you think about it kind of makes sense sine have of New Jersey commutes into Manhattan (the other half, Philadelphia). There's no love lost between these two teams, though only one has a reasonable chance of playing here in February when the Super Bowl takes place.

Here are three things to watch as they take the field tonight at 7:00 pm EST.

1) Can Geno Smith make a legitimate argument he should be starter Week 1? Even if he does, will it matter? There has been some talk in the New York media that there is a divide between head coach Rex Ryan and new GM John Idzik when it comes to quarterback. So when you watch Smith Saturday night, keep in mind that a great game could still not be enough.

2) You have to be watching the offensive line, especially first round pick Justin Pugh. The first-round pick from Syracuse is starting at right tackle and with the injuries to David Baas and David Diehl, will need to step up his play very quickly. This is his first start and he will be closely watched.  Jim Cordle has moved to center and has no starting experience there so he will be under pressure as well. The entire line needs to play better, but the spotlight will be on the rookie and Cordle.

3) Both defenses have questions. The Jets are still looking to intensify the pass rush and losing Quinton Coples hurts. The secondary has also been shaky and Antonio Cromartie and rookie Dee Milliner (who has had some rough moments) will be tested. On the other sideline, the Giants' front seven has some question marks but so does the Jets' offensive line. The secondary won't get tested too much, but then again Smith is a bit of an unknown commodity.

Andrew Garda is a member of the Pro Football Writers Association. He is also a member of the fantasy football staff at Footballguys.com and an NFL writer at Bleacher Report. You can follow him at @andrew_garda on Twitter.

 

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