As I was driving here, there and everywhere over the Labor Day Weekend, the sadness of summer coming to a close quickly turned to feelings of excitement, anticipation and a state of disbelief.
We’ve made it folks, the 2019 NFL season is here!
It’s easy to turn the page on the seasons when you’re visualizing a Sunday routine from September through February.
Eleven straight hours of game action basically ending any hope of being productive on a Sunday for the foreseeable future.
Parlays, fantasy lineups and a whole lot of emotions are about to get introduced into our lives once again.
And I for one love it!
Locally, this has a chance to be a pretty fascinating season for both the Jets and the Giants.
The Jets expectations are much higher than they’ve been in quite some time because of the emergence of second-year quarterback Sam Darnold.
With new head coach Adam Gase at the helm, the Jets playoffs hopes will rest on Darnold’s continued progress into becoming a franchise quarterback.
Are the Jets a deep roster? No.
That said, are they much improved from a season ago? Absolutely.
Expect the Jets to be in the playoff mix all season.
For the other team in town, the expectations for the Giants are as low as I can ever remember.
After sending away many high-priced veterans - including standout wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. - in the offseason, the Giants appear to be a roster deficient of talent on both sides of the ball, running back Saquon Barkley aside.
The Giants season doesn’t have the look of a promising one from a win-loss standpoint, but it doesn’t mean the Giants won’t be an intriguing watch.
The Giants as a franchise have finally acknowledged that Eli Manning is on the clock.
He will start week one against the Dallas Cowboys, but rookie quarterback Daniel Jones is waiting in the wings.
You don’t take a quarterback with the sixth overall pick to sit him for a long period of time.
One of the major storylines to watch throughout this season is when will the Giants make the change at quarterback.
The minute the Giants decide it’s time for Daniel Jones, the comparisons to Sam Darnold begin. Let the arguments begin in every sports bar across the tristate area.
Don’t let the summertime sadness get to ya’, the NFL is here!
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