The Giants have the motivation of opening at home in front of their raucous fans against a hated and disrespectful rival. It all adds up to a Giants win in the opener, and it shouldn’t even be that close.
For Eli Manning and the Super Bowl champion Giants, Wednesday night will be their first chance to silence the critics and detractors who have sounded off repeatedly this offseason.
Jets coach Rex Ryan has been involved in lots of big games during his career: a Super Bowl, conference title games and fierce rivalry matchups. The season opener Sunday night against Dallas on the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks tops ’em all.