After six months without football, the NFL made its return last week with the traditional Hall of Fame Game.
Seven days on from the Denver Broncos’ 14-10 win over the Atlanta Falcons, the NFL preseason gets underway in earnest on Thursday night with 11 games on the slate.
It all kicks off when the two New York rivals, the Giants and the Jets, collide at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
While the two teams share tenancy of the arena, matchups between the Big Apple rivals are relatively rare occasions. The two teams have played each other in preseason in the last three years, but have not met in the regular season or in the playoff since December 2015, when the Jets won in overtime.
Prior to that, the Giants had won five games in a row and lead the all-time regular season series 8-5.
History, however, will count for little on Thursday and even less so this season as both franchises desperately look for improvements after a dismal campaign last year.
Here’s everything you need to know about Thursday night.
When and where is the game?
The New York Giants host the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
Kick-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET on Thursday, August 8.
The game between the two New York rivals will be broadcast by NFL Network and by WNBC, NBC’s New York affiliate.
Live stream will be available via NFL Network online as well as via fuboTV.
What to look out for
The Jets went 4-12 last season, finishing bottom of the AFC East and missing the postseason for the eighth consecutive season. The offseason, however, has brought major changes, with head coach Todd Bowles and general manager Mike Maccagnan both fired.
Former Miami Dolphins head coach Adam Gase has replaced Bowles, while Joe Douglas has stepped into Maccagnan’s shoes.
The graphic below, provided by Statista, illustrates how the salary cap in the NFL has increased over the last 16 years.