New York Football Teams Continue to Struggle

Entering the 2016 NFL season there was a significant amount of promise and expectations for both of the New York professional sports teams. According to recent news articles (http://nypost.com/2016/10/10/the-tandem-that-inspired-giants-belief-is-hanging-by-a-thread/) and results of games so far this year, both teams are not living up to expectations. On Sunday, both of the teams lost and are continuing to look like they will have a hard time to reach the playoffs.

 

The New York Jets fell to an embarrassing 1 and 4 when they lost on Sunday to the Pittsburgh Steelers. While the Steelers are considered one of the better teams in the league, the Jets never put up much of a fight. The Steelers ended up controlling the game from the start and won by a score of 31 to 13. Their most impressive player was their quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger, who threw for over 350 yards and 4 touchdowns. With their poor record, the Jets are now 3 games back of the New England Patriots, which recently got Tom Brady back from suspension.

 

While the Jets lost by quite a bit, the New York Giants fared a little bit better. The Giants were the focal point of the sports world during Sunday Night Football when they went on the road to play the Green Bay Packers. The Giants only lost by a touchdown, but looked sluggish the whole game. The team had a very hard time getting their offense together and clearly missed their starting running back.

 

Similar to the Jets, the Giants also fell to a 1 and 3 record. They are also struggling to keep pace with the division leading team, which in their case is the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys are probably the most surprising team in the league this year as they are led by a few different rookies, which have allowed the team to jump out to a quick lead on the rest of the division. Both the Giants and Jets will have chances to turn the season around in coming weeks, but they both need to act quickly.

 

Giants and Jets Preview

Heading into the third week of the 2016 NFL Regular Season, the New York Giants and New York Jets seemed to be two of the most analyzed teams in the league. While this is partly due to the fact that they reside in New York City, it also had to do with the fact that they had many question marks and appeared to have the talent to reach the postseason. Through the first two weeks of the NFL season, the Jets were 1-1 and in second place in the division and the Giants were 2-0 and in first place of the NFC East. According to a recent news article (http://www.newsday.com/sports/football/nfl-week-3-picks-giants-redskins-will-be-tight-jets-win-outright-cowboys-lock-of-the-week-1.12354304), both the Jets and the Giants have a good chance to win their games and continue to track towards making the playoffs at the end of the season.

 

The Giants will be playing a tough home game this week against the Washington Redskins. The Redskins will enter the game with no wins and two losses, but are always a tough matchup for the Giants. The main focus on the game will be on the outside of the field as the Redskins’ Josh Norman will battle against wide receiver Odell Beckham Junior. Despite signing Norman to a huge contract earlier this year, the Redskins have not done well when it comes to stopping top receivers. Beckham, plus Victor Cruz, could prove to be too much for Washington.

 

While the Giants are at home, the Jets will be playing on the road in Kansas City. The Jets will visit the Chiefs, who also have a 1-1 record. The Chiefs were expected to compete for the division title this year, but have looked weak at times so far this year. The biggest problem that the Chiefs have had is finding stability on offense. They used to be led by leading running back Jamaal Charles, but he has missed the first two games and is expected to miss a third this week. The Jets will continue to be led offensively by several veteran players such as Matt Forte, Ryan Fitzpatrick, and Brandon Marshall.

New York Yankees Continue Surge and Have Chance at Playoffs

The New York Yankees, who have played in New York City for over 100 years, are the most historic and successful Major League Baseball franchise. The Yankees have won more World Series and American League titles than any other franchise and have a long list of players in the Hall of Fame. While the Yankees have historically been one of the best teams of all time, the 2016 Yankees have struggled to play well consistently. While it once appeared that the Yankees season was over, a recent publication (http://theinscribermag.com/sports/why-the-new-york-yankees-will-make-the-playoffs.html) gives reasons why the Yankees could still make the playoffs.

 

The 2016 season has been a significant season of transition for the Yankees. The Yankees are still dealing with the recent retirements of future Hall of Famers Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera. During the 2016 season two additional players, Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixiera both announced that their careers were coming to an end as well. At the mid-point of the season, the Yankees looked like long shots to make the playoffs and they ended up trading several key players, including Aroldis Champan, for prospects with significant potential.

 

While the Yankees were already preparing for the 2017 season, it now appears that the team suddenly has a lot of life left. Rookie Catcher, Gary Sanchez, has been the hottest player in baseball over the past month. He is making a strong case to be Rookie of the Year in the American League and is showing significant signs of potential. Furthermore, the pitching staff has done very well, despite having a very depleted starting rotation and bullpen.

 

As it stands today, the Yankees are fighting for one of several playoff spots. They are currently in fourth place in their division and are 6.5 games behind Toronto for the division lead. However, they are only 3.5 games behind the Red Sox and 4.5 games behind the Orioles, which are currently the AL leaders for the two Wild Card spots. If the Yankees can play well the rest of the season, they have a very good chance of catching one of the two teams and playing in the Wild Card game. This is further supported by the fact that the Yankees have several games left with both of the teams ahead of them.

 

New York Giants Predictions for 2016 Season

The New York Giants are one of the most difficult teams in the NFL to figure out. The team always seems to be in contention to make the playoffs, but often falls just short. In other situations when they seem like they won’t make the playoffs, they barely squeak in and then make a big run in the playoffs. This includes two Super Bowl championships in the past ten years. While many publications are concerned about the Giants, one sports analysis (http://www.ibtimes.com/new-york-giants-2016-season-prediction-betting-odds-preview-top-players-ahead-week-1-2409379) thinks that the Giants will have some success this year.

 

The analysis believes that the Giants will benefit greatly from many of the offseason moves that they made. The Giants are starting under a new fresh coaching staff and spent over $100 million on guaranteed contracts this past offseason. The players that they signed will greatly improve their defense, offensive line, and running game. The Giants will continue to be led offensively by Eli Manning and Odell Beckham, both of which are expected to have big years.

 

While the Giants are not considered one of the best teams in the conference, they should have a very good chance at winning the division. The NFC East is widely considered the worst division in the NFC, if not the NFL. The Dallas Cowboys were previously considered the favorites to win the division title, but the recent injury to Tony Romo has a lot of experts concerned about the team’s ability to succeed. Both of the other divisional rivals, the Washington Redskins and Philadelphia Eagles are currently in transition with new leadership and will likely have some rough patches this year.

 

Overall, the publication believes that the Giants will win 9 games and lose 7, which should be good enough to win the division by a game or two. The Giants will then likely have a home game in the NFC playoffs Divisional Round, in which they would play a top Wild Card team. While they may not be favorites to go far, the Giants will have the experience and depth to make a run in the playoffs if they can get in.

 

New York Football Teams Continue to Struggle

Entering the 2016 NFL season there was a significant amount of promise and expectations for both of the New York professional sports teams. According to recent news articles (http://nypost.com/2016/10/10/the-tandem-that-inspired-giants-belief-is-hanging-by-a-thread/) and results of games so far this year, both teams are not living up to expectations. On Sunday, both of the teams lost and are continuing to look like they will have a hard time to reach the playoffs.

 

The New York Jets fell to an embarrassing 1 and 4 when they lost on Sunday to the Pittsburgh Steelers. While the Steelers are considered one of the better teams in the league, the Jets never put up much of a fight. The Steelers ended up controlling the game from the start and won by a score of 31 to 13. Their most impressive player was their quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger, who threw for over 350 yards and 4 touchdowns. With their poor record, the Jets are now 3 games back of the New England Patriots, which recently got Tom Brady back from suspension.

 

While the Jets lost by quite a bit, the New York Giants fared a little bit better. The Giants were the focal point of the sports world during Sunday Night Football when they went on the road to play the Green Bay Packers. The Giants only lost by a touchdown, but looked sluggish the whole game. The team had a very hard time getting their offense together and clearly missed their starting running back.

 

Similar to the Jets, the Giants also fell to a 1 and 3 record. They are also struggling to keep pace with the division leading team, which in their case is the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys are probably the most surprising team in the league this year as they are led by a few different rookies, which have allowed the team to jump out to a quick lead on the rest of the division. Both the Giants and Jets will have chances to turn the season around in coming weeks, but they both need to act quickly.

New York Yankees Continue Surge and Have Chance at Playoffs

The New York Yankees, who have played in New York City for over 100 years, are the most historic and successful Major League Baseball franchise. The Yankees have won more World Series and American League titles than any other franchise and have a long list of players in the Hall of Fame. While the Yankees have historically been one of the best teams of all time, the 2016 Yankees have struggled to play well consistently. While it once appeared that the Yankees season was over, a recent publication (http://theinscribermag.com/sports/why-the-new-york-yankees-will-make-the-playoffs.html) gives reasons why the Yankees could still make the playoffs.

The 2016 season has been a significant season of transition for the Yankees. The Yankees are still dealing with the recent retirements of future Hall of Famers Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera. During the 2016 season two additional players, Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixiera both announced that their careers were coming to an end as well. At the mid-point of the season, the Yankees looked like long shots to make the playoffs and they ended up trading several key players, including Aroldis Champan, for prospects with significant potential.

While the Yankees were already preparing for the 2017 season, it now appears that the team suddenly has a lot of life left. Rookie Catcher, Gary Sanchez, has been the hottest player in baseball over the past month. He is making a strong case to be Rookie of the Year in the American League and is showing significant signs of potential. Furthermore, the pitching staff has done very well, despite having a very depleted starting rotation and bullpen.

As it stands today, the Yankees are fighting for one of several playoff spots. They are currently in fourth place in their division and are 6.5 games behind Toronto for the division lead. However, they are only 3.5 games behind the Red Sox and 4.5 games behind the Orioles, which are currently the AL leaders for the two Wild Card spots. If the Yankees can play well the rest of the season, they have a very good chance of catching one of the two teams and playing in the Wild Card game. This is further supported by the fact that the Yankees have several games left with both of the teams ahead of them.

New York Giants Predictions for 2016 Season

The New York Giants are one of the most difficult teams in the NFL to figure out. The team always seems to be in contention to make the playoffs, but often falls just short. In other situations when they seem like they won’t make the playoffs, they barely squeak in and then make a big run in the playoffs. This includes two Super Bowl championships in the past ten years. While many publications are concerned about the Giants, one sports analysis (http://www.ibtimes.com/new-york-giants-2016-season-prediction-betting-odds-preview-top-players-ahead-week-1-2409379) thinks that the Giants will have some success this year.

The analysis believes that the Giants will benefit greatly from many of the offseason moves that they made. The Giants are starting under a new fresh coaching staff and spent over $100 million on guaranteed contracts this past offseason. The players that they signed will greatly improve their defense, offensive line, and running game. The Giants will continue to be led offensively by Eli Manning and Odell Beckham, both of which are expected to have big years.

While the Giants are not considered one of the best teams in the conference, they should have a very good chance at winning the division. The NFC East is widely considered the worst division in the NFC, if not the NFL. The Dallas Cowboys were previously considered the favorites to win the division title, but the recent injury to Tony Romo has a lot of experts concerned about the team’s ability to succeed. Both of the other divisional rivals, the Washington Redskins and Philadelphia Eagles are currently in transition with new leadership and will likely have some rough patches this year.

Overall, the publication believes that the Giants will win 9 games and lose 7, which should be good enough to win the division by a game or two. The Giants will then likely have a home game in the NFC playoffs Divisional Round, in which they would play a top Wild Card team. While they may not be favorites to go far, the Giants will have the experience and depth to make a run in the playoffs if they can get in.

Brian Cashman Says That Yankees Won’t Release Alex Rodriguez

Despite being an albatross on the roster of the New York Yankees, Alex Rodriguez doesn’t have to be concerned about being released by the team. General Manager Brian Cashman stated that during a radio appearance on August 4, bluntly admitting that the money still owed to Rodriguez helps explain part of the reason.

Rodriguez, who turned 41 on July 27, appeared to have a comeback season in 2015 after he hit 33 home runs and drove in 86 runs. However, this season has been a disaster for the aging third baseman. In 62 games, he’s hit just nine home runs and driven in 29 runs, with a .204 batting average.

Those numbers have led many in the New York media to insist that the Yankees release Rodriguez. The former All-Star’s checkered reputation has been marked by repeated instances of steroid use. Due to those violations, he was suspended for the entire 2014 season.

Rodriguez has played for the Yankees since 2004 after a trade with the Texas Rangers. At the time of the deal, he was three years into a contract paying him $252 million over 10 seasons. After the 2007 campaign, he had the chance to opt out of the contract and subsequently signed a lucrative 10-year contract with the team.

That contract is up after next year. Were the Yankees to release Rodriguez now, they would owe him approximately $27 million. Cashman’s thinking is that the team might as well use him if they have to pay him.

Kelly Johnson Once Again Finds His Way Back to Flushing

The New York Mets have acquired infielder Kelly Johnson from Atlanta for relief pitcher Akeel Morris, welcoming Johnson back after letting him go in 2015.

The Braves traded Johnson to the Mets on July 24, 2015. But the Mets released him 2 months later, and he signed back on with Atlanta. Now, due to injury concerns on the Mets squad, he’s as welcome back to NYC as the flowers in May. Third baseman David Wright will probably be out 6 to 8 weeks with a neck injury, as well as spinal stenosis.

The Mets even wonder if the 33-year-old Wright can still be productive. “It’s pretty shocking to hear about the length of time,” Mets manager Terry Collins said, referring to Wright’s long recovery period nytimes.com.

In addition, first basemen Lucas Duda is nursing a stress fracture in his back, and outfielder Juan Lagares has an injured thumb. Although Johnson will start at third base, he may also be called on for duties at first and some outfield.

That’s why Johnson has found a home once again with the Mets. He has the ability to play multiple positions. Johnson can play first, second, third, and outfield and even played shortstop for the Mets once last year.

Johnson’s a crafty 34-year-old veteran who, although he’s only hitting .215 now, has been around. He’s played for 8 clubs, including the whole AL East. Wow!