Giants or Jets? Why Spears believes in the New York football resurgence (1:28)

Marcus Spears likes what he sees from the Giants and Jets. There is a time and a place for it.

The Giants haven't made the playoffs in two years. The Jets haven't gotten there since 2010. Both of the North Jersey teams haven't made the playoffs in the same year since 2006 and there's hope that January football will change that.

There is a revolution of the football team in East Rutherford. The Giants and Jets were looked at by experts on the ground and beyond to see if they could keep the good times rolling.

Why they might keep it going


Something is going on with the Giants. They are not beating themselves like they have done in the past. Being smart, tough and dependable is preached by the first year coach. They are getting what they are getting. There is a different feel to the team with Daboll in charge.

The men that have been here are tired of losing. They bought in.

Every week, the Giants follow the plan laid out by the blueprint: run the ball. Enough plays are made in the passing game. Solid defense is what you're supposed to play. You should stop in the red zone. They have dominated the opposition in the second half.

You could say it's unsustainable. Maybe it's true. The Giants have a favorable schedule coming up with Jacksonville, Seattle, Houston and Detroit before Thanksgiving. They are getting better. In the win over Baltimore, Leonard Williams and Wan' Dale Robinson played key roles. Kadarius Toney and Kenny Golladay are expected to be back in action this week. The team has a lot of victories.


It's Dee-fense. During their current three-game winning streak, the Jets have allowed only 47 points, and they are getting better. This is what Robert Saleh had in mind.

They were 32nd in several key categories, but the addition of defensive backs Sauce and D.J. Reed and the return of defensive end Carl Lawson has vaulted them to 18th. The pass rush is aided by the coverage on the perimeter.

The defense should continue its ascent because there's only one upper-tier quarterback left on the schedule. The Jets' run-oriented offense is complemented by the Jets' stout defense, which is led by rookies like Breece Hall.

The Jets have an identity on offense with smashmouth and misdirection runs. They are the 49ers East. They can be more dangerous if they get more involved in the game.

The Giants are in the middle of the pack in terms of total offense. The defense is 15th in yards allowed. If they get outgained every week, it will come back to bite them.

The Giants' current formula doesn't give them much margin for error. They are perfect in games decided by a single score. As the sample size increases, the law says that will happen. It's possible that the uprights will split after the missed field goal by the Titans. The illegal formation by the Ravens at the end of the fourth quarter will not happen. Someone will bring their A- game to the stadium.

If you can't consistently throw the ball, it's hard to win in the NFL. The Giants' passing offense is 31st in the league with an average of 154.3 yards per game. Their lack of weapons and an offensive line that isn't very good at pass protection combine to make that combination. As the season goes on, there isn't much to suggest that will change.


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The Jets' ceiling is lower because they aren't getting much production out of their second-year quarterback. Sure, they can win eight or nine games with the running game and a strong defense -- more wins than anyone expected in August -- but they won't make noise in January with Wilson struggling to get to 10 completions and 120 yards.

Two of the next three games are against top defensive teams: the Denver Broncos and Buffalo Bills. Wilson will be beaten by opponents who over play the run. Is he able to? He has been efficient in six of 12 quarters since coming back from his knee injury.

Wilson has not had a turnover in the last nine quarters. He has only 16 career starts so he is still learning. Slow and steady is the right way for the Jets to develop him. Wilson is still looking for his first 300-yard passing day and isn't there yet. The rookies wall is a concern for a team reliant on rookies.

What do the advanced stats say?


The Giants are the 23rd-best team in the league going forward, despite the fact that they've won five games in a row. The Giants rank below average in both pass block win rate and pass rush win rate, and are last in the league in run stop win rate, which tracks with their second- worst. Daniel Jones is 14th in QBR, and the Giants have the third-easiest remaining strength of schedule.


The Jets are an almost perfect average team, 17th and two-tenths of a point behind the rival New England, which is a form of respect given where they started. He would sit at 19th if he qualified for QBR. The real reason for optimism is the quarterback.


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What stands out from a football perspective?


It's important that coaching happens. The Giants are using scheme, player deployment and a very physical style on both sides of the ball. New York is using repetitive, defined throws to a weakened receiver corps in order to create juice in the pass game, while leaning on Saquon Barkley, who is averaging 23.3 touches a game. A big and powerful front that can dictate game situations is what Martindale's aggressive defensive system has to offer.


There are two disruptive players on a defense that leans on defined coverages and schemed up defensive fronts on the Jets. When we switch to the offensive side of the ball, the focus is on the rookies. He's a dual-threat player who can rip off big plays and handle a lot of pressure.

What's one practical move each team could make at the trade deadline (Nov. 1) to strengthen its playoff chances?


I don't think the Giants have enough money to make a big move. I don't think it's a good idea to trade away draft picks when the Giants are in a rebuilding process. They don't know if they'll be in the quarterback market next year. My suggestion was to trade forRobbie Anderson but he was traded to the Cards. The Jets need a wide receiver. He's making about $1 million this year and about $1 million next year, but none of it is guaranteed. He was 25 years old. It's possible that it could be worth a try.


I think they would look to address the tackle positions, they've been beaten up there. Overall, the Jets have a good roster. I would call the Texans to find out what they are thinking about Laremy Tunsil. They restructured his contract this year and would take on a bunch of dead money if they moved him, but if he's not in their long-term plans, it's not out of the question.