NFL Preseason Free Picks: New York Giants vs. New York Jets 8/16/10

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Monday Night Football betting action is back, and Cappers Info has all of the analysis for the pro football betting lines for the duel between the New York Jets and New York Giants in the grand opening of New Meadowlands Stadium.

New York Giants @ New York Jets (-2.5)
Monday, August 16th
8:00 ET, New Meadowlands Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ

Giants Notes: The real focal point for the Giants in the preseason should be on the defense. That was the unit that really cost this team last season, and there were a number of pieces to the puzzle that were brought in to make the unit better. The most important might be DE Jason Pierre-Paul, the team's first round draft choice in this year's NFL Draft out of South Florida. Pierre-Paul has a high motor and will challenge veterans Justin Tuck, Mathias Kiwanuka, and Osi Umenyiora for top billing on what should be a great defensive line. The play of the defensive tackles lacked last year as well, and as a result, DT Lindval Joseph was picked in the second round. The linebacking corps has gotten a bit of a facelift as well by adding Keith Bulluck, who might be limited in this game. On offense, QB Eli Manning will get the starting nod for the G-Men. Manning proved once again in 2009 that he is really rounding into an elite quarterback at this level, turning brand new wide receivers Steve Smith, Mario Manningham, and Hakeem Nicks into superstars. His rushing attack will probably be used extensively, particularly against the Jets' tough blitz packages to make sure that everyone enters the regular season as healthy as possible. Young RBs Danny Ware and Gartrell Johnson are both vying for roster spots this year, though both could make the team. Expect to see HC Tom Coughlin get a good look at both in this one.

Jets Notes: The New Yorkers clad in green are going to be relying on the play of QB Mark Sanchez during the regular season once again. However, in the preseason, HC Rex Ryan is going to be far more interested in picking his backup quarterback and his third stringer. He has four options to choose from to fill those two holes. Veteran Mark Brunell appears to have a leg up just because of his stature and maturity level having been a starter in this league for quite a number of years. Kevin O'Connell, Erik Ainge, and Kellen Clemens will all get chances to impress as well, particularly in this, the first game of the preseason. Look for the Jets to get a nice, long look at RB Joe McKnight as well. The former USC Trojan will probably be used quite a bit as both Shonn Greene and LaDainian Tomlinson rest in preparation for the regular season. Watch for the play of G Vladimir Ducasse as well. He is stepping into the shoes of future Hall of Famer Alan Faneca. Many think that the second round draft pick out of UMass is a raw talent, but that he can evolve into a fantastic run blocker. He fits Ryan's offensive scheme perfectly, but will be under a lot of stress from the front four of the Giants. On defense, look for DB Kyle Wilson and DB Antonio Cromartie to start in preparation for the potentially lengthy holdout of DB Darrelle Revis.

The Final Word: The Jets are a very, very talented group this year, and they are probably going to be a lot more interested in their jobs and playing well than the Giants are. Things are pretty well set for the G-Men, which is something that the four-pack of QBs for the Jets can't say. Just that alone parlayed with a deep defense which just doesn't give up should be enough to give the green and white the first ever victory in this stadium. If the Jets pull it off, it will be their fourth straight win in this annual preseason rivalry.

Prediction: Jets 23 – Giants 14

Lou Palumbo is the founder and part owner of the Sports Handicapping Community. He's been writing and posting free picks and sports handicapping strategies on the Cappersinfo forums and website for 15 years now. He enjoys handicapping just as much as he did from the very first day he built the original Cappersinfo website.

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