The New York Giants and New York Jets will meet Saturday (7 p.m. ET) at MetLife Stadium in the annual preseason meeting for bragging rights between the two teams who share a city and a stadium. The emotions should be muted somewhat this time around, since the teams have a regular-season meeting this season on Christmas Eve.
"The difference is that if we weren't playing each other in the regular season then I think it would be because it's more bragging rights," Jets coach Rex Ryan said. "These guys go eat at the same restaurants, same establishments and all that kind of stuff so you definitely want to win that one. But the fact that it's a preseason game and we're playing (against them in) a regular season game, I don't think so."
The Giants will be the home team this time around, the first game played since MetLife officially was given naming rights to the stadium. The Jets were the home team last season when the Giants won, 31-16. The most memorable aspect of that game was a bleeding Giants quarterback Eli Manning leaving the game after suffering a deep cut that required 12 stitches.
This year's game will be highlighted by Jets wide receiver Plaxico Burress lining up against the team helped win a Super Bowl back in the 2007 season. Burress, of course, missed the last two seasons while in prison after shooting himself in the leg with an unregistered handgun while at a Manhattan nightclub. Burress had three catches for 66 yards and a touchdown in his preseason debut Sunday against Cincinnati, a game the Jets won, 27-7. The Jets are 1-1 on the preseason.
The Giants are also 1-1 on the preseason following Monday's impressive 41-13 victory over the Chicago Bears. The Giants are reeling from the news that they lost three defensive players for the season following Monday's game, including starting cornerback Terrell Thomas.
-- Stick with SB Nation New York throughout the week as we preview Saturday's game.