The battle for Big Apple bragging rights until December will have to wait.
Because of incoming Hurricane Irene, the Giants and Jets have decided to postpone tomorrow's preseason matchup until 7 p.m. Monday. The game was originally scheduled for 7 p.m. tomorrow, but on Thursday, the Giants pushed up the start time to 2 p.m., thinking they'd be able to get the game in before the storm arrived.
However, with the updated forecast, the fact that mass transit service around the area will be suspended and just all the logistics that are coming into play, the Giants elected to push it back to Monday.
"Along with the NFL office and the Jets, we have closely monitored the hurricane and the forecast and its potential impact on our area for the past several days," Giants president and CEO John Mara said in a statement. "After conferring with (New Jersey) Governor (Chris) Christie, (Jets owner) Woody Johnson and (NFL) Commissioner (Roger) Goodell, we have determined the best course of action for the safety and well being of all is to move the game to Monday night."
That now means the Jets, who won't be practicing tomorrow even though there's not a game, will play two games in a matter of four days. They wrap up the preseason with the Eagles at 7 p.m. at MetLife Stadium on Thursday.
It shouldn't matter all that much when it comes to the starters, though. Typically, they play one series at best, and there's a good chance Rex Ryan might not play any of his first teamers at all in the preseason finale versus the Philadelphia given the quick turnaround.
Ryan, when I asked him yesterday on a conference call, said he wasn't concerned about the weather seriously affecting the game and the team's preparations as they wind down the preseason.
"Not worried about anything," he said. " I’ve been in a situation where we’ve played a half and maybe a couple of series against Washington once, then there was lightning in the game. It was raining so bad and the lightning was so bad that they actually cancelled the rest of the game. I’ve been in that kind of situation, but hopefully, everything will work out and we’ll be able to get the game in without any interruptions."
Not tomorrow they won't.