EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 22: Tom Coughlin, Head Coach of the New York Giants celebrates a touchdown by Brandon Jacobs #27 against the Chicago Bears during their pre season game on August 22, 2011 at The New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
Tonight, all of New York will unite in one place and scream at each other on behalf of their respective team. You can watch it on 4 New York at 7 p.m. After the stress of a hurricane and the city being shut down, it will be a welcome diversion. Considering that, what should Jets and Giants fans look out for?
Two games in four days for the Jets: Because of Irene, Saturday's game was moved to Monday night, but the Jets still have to play the Eagles on Thursday. Expect Rex Ryan to use every bit of the 80-team roster to make sure that his team can handle the unexpectedly stressful week. That opens the door for unheralded guys to show their best stuff.
How will Tom Coughlin handle injuries that have already affected the team? No team has been hit as hard as the Giants by the injury bug. Terrell Thomas (knee), Bruce Johnson (Achilles), Brian Witherspoon (knee), and Woodny Turrene (calf) were the latest starts to fall to injury. How will Coughlin not only react to those injuries, but limit future ones?
Antrel Rolle's switcheroo: With the injury to Thomas, Rolle will go back to being a cornerback. He started his NFL career at corner, but this will be his first chance as a Giant to show that he's comfortable there.
Plaxico's "return": Burress led the Jets to a big win in his first game back in NY, but this will be his first time seeing the old team. Will Giants fans welcome him back? Will he be on a mission to beat up on the team he won a Super Bowl with?
There's free parking! Hey, it's not often that you get something you really wanted for free at a football game. Sure, the little towels to wave are nice, but they have no use beyond the game. But because of Hurricane Irene and the transportation issues she has presented, parking is free.
Snoopy will be there! In honor of MetLife's sponsorship of the New Meadowlands, the Giants-Jets' annual pre-season game is now the MetLife Bowl, with the winner getting a Snoopy-shaped trophy. Really. Now, who do you want to see raise that Snoopy trophy in the air?