Which team owns the hearts of the New York and New Jersey? Who runs NYC? At the moment neither team should be raising their hands.

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The Giants and the Jets each had historic beginnings to the 2023-2024 season but not the kind of history you'd want to revisit. You'd have to live under a rock to have missed the Aaron Rodgers debacle but in case you do, here's what happened.

Four plays into Rodger's tenure as a Jet, he was injured. Tests showed Rodgers has a torn achilles and he is out for the season. The Jets were able to overcome the injury and beat the Bills to start the year 1-0.

As for the Giants, they opened the season at home against the rival Cowboys and were embarrassed in a 40-0 loss. They could not run the ball, they could not protect Daniel Jones, they got nothing going on offense. The only way the Giants were able to move the ball was in the other direction thanks to their three turnovers on the night. The New York Football Giants are 0-1 on the year.

I doubt there are fans of either team, who are in the mood to talk about how this season will play out but I'll ask the question anyway, who will have the better year? Will the Giants opener be an outlier? Can Zach Wilson put this all-star team in drive and do what Aaron Rodgers can't?

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What do you think?

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Last year, the Giants went 9-7-1 for the regular season, made the playoffs, beat the Vikings and fell to the Eagles. The Jets missed the playoffs and finished 7-10. According to the annual ESPN power rankings the Jets will be the the 13th best team in the league this year and the Giants are #16.

I think the Jets are the better team even without Aaron Rodgers but if history has taught me anything, there will be a lot of surprises. I've been watching NFL games for over 30 years and there is one thing I've learned in that time, I know nothing. Predicting the outcome of games or seasons is a foolish activity that also happens to be a lot of fun.

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I attempted to go game-by-game with the Jets and come up with a number but it's a crazy schedule with peaks and valleys. They'll be battling some of the league's best like:

  • Chiefs
  • Eagles
  • Bills (1 more time)
  • Chargers

And they're playing teams that should be on the opposite side of things like:

  • Bucs
  • Falcons
  • Commanders
  • Texans

I cannot make heads or tails of it. I'm just glad it's back and we're talking football this is an amazing time of year.

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P.S. I don't think it's worth my time to go through the Giants schedule, not if they're going to perform like they did in Week 1. 

Danbury Area Folks Share Their NFL Fandom for Playoffs

I am an Oakland/LA/Las Vegas Raiders fan, and have been since I was a kid and I'm often outnumbered in NFL conversations, but not completely alone. In the NFL, there are fans of all kinds in every city in America.

Before the Raiders losing playoff game against the Bengals last weekend, I reached out to my friends who are Raiders fans and asked them to send me a photo of them wearing a jersey or celebrating the team in some way. I had a great response and it kicked off a fun sports conversation but it was for Raiders fans only.

I wanted to give the same opportunity to all NFL fans in the Greater-Danbury area, whether their team was in the playoffs or not. I sent out the call on my radio show and on social media and these are the responses I got back.

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I’ve been watching the NFL my whole life and while the game has changed drastically in my 42+ years, but one thing remains the same, you must be a “tough guy” to make it to the league. On that level of athleticism, all the players are strong and physical but some clearly are better than others. The following are some of the players who go beyond, passing the eye test and were flat out scary on a football field. 

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