On Friday night the New York Jets take on the crosstown rival Giants in the "Snoopy Bowl" at MetLife Stadium (7:30 EST). This game is the final dress rehearsal prior to the regular season as the starting units for both teams are expected to play into the third quarter. Here are some storylines to follow for Gang Green.
Pryor starting- After making several impact plays against the Bengals last week, rookie safety Calvin Pryor will line up with the first string Friday night. Keep an eye on the variety of ways Pryor is used by Rex Ryan, including in blitz packages.
Secondary play- Rex Ryan continues to experiment with his secondary as Antonio Allen and Darrin Walls will be the starting cornerbacks. The Giants will most likely challenge both of these corners and it will be interesting to see how they handle the pressure. Brandon Dixon, Ellis Lankster, and Ras-I Dowling could also see reps with the first team.
Improved pass rush? The New York Jets front seven was absolutely manhandled last week by the Cincinnati Bengals. Will the Jets defensive front bounce back against a struggling Giants offense? Is there a position battle brewing between outside linebackers Quinton Coples and Jason Babin?
Get Geno going- As expected Geno Smith will be the starting quarterback for the Jets. With the spotlight on Smith can the young gunslinger put together some productive drives on Friday night? Will Geno be able to spread the ball around and open up the passing attack?
Amaro ready? With tight end Jeff Cumberland nursing a leg injury, rookie Jace Amaro should see significant playing time. Can Amaro consistently make plays in the passing game? How will Amaro hold up in terms of blocking?
Wide receiver competition- The Jets enter the third preseason game with question marks at the wide receiver position. Which pass catcher will emerge behind Eric Decker and Jeremy Kerley? Stephen Hill and David Nelson will get plenty of chances with Clyde Gates, Jacoby Ford, and Greg Salas competing for reps.
Final audition- While the battle for bragging rights makes headlines, the goal for the Jets is to get out of this game without any major injuries. After that you want to see quality, disciplined performances by players on both sides of the ball. There are really no excuses for dumb penalties and major communication issues. This game is about earning roster spots and playing time and hopefully the cream will rise to the top for the New York Jets.