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Power Rankings: All New York fans want for Christmas is a win


Updated Dec. 20

I bet New York-area football fans never thought they would be getting a lump of coal in their stockings on Christmas Eve.

Yet that's what they have with the Giants and Jets meeting Saturday in New Jersey. Let's put it this way: They're both coming off losses that make the stinky parts of New Jersey smell like cologne.

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The Redskins made the Giants look horrible Sunday in a 23-10 blowout at home, and hours later the Jets walked off the field in Philadelphia with a 41-23 whipping by the Eagles.

There's nothing like kicking off the week of buildup for the two city rivals than coming off those two horrid performances.

Jets-Giants. You don't think after those two performances this past Sunday that those two coaches haven't had their chestnuts roasting on an open fire this week, do you?

The strange thing about those poor outings by the Giants and Jets is that it appeared both were on the way to getting on a little roll. The Giants were coming off an impressive road victory at Dallas, one that saw them rally from 12 down in the fourth quarter, and the Jets had won three consecutive games.

They were both talking playoffs. Now they might be in a playoff game early because the loser of this week's game could be done -- which means the clunkers of the week should end with a heck of a game, one with a lot of urgency by the players. But Stinko Sunday sure won't help the buildup and might take a few days to fade away.

The two stay close to where they were last week in our CBSSports.com Power Rankings because a lot of teams around them also lost. The Jets are 11th this week, with the Giants 12th.

A loss this week might cost Giants coach Tom Coughlin his job. If the Jets lose, Rex Ryan's blustery confidence will seem like a lot of hot wind.

And the two quarterbacks -- Eli Manning for the Giants and Mark Sanchez for the Jets -- will again be ripped more than a Christmas Day mugger (how about some sensitivity, dude?).

It's Giants vs. Jets.

Ho, ho, ho, where did all buildup go?


Pete Prisco has covered the NFL for three decades, including working as a beat reporter in Jacksonville for the Jaguars. He hosted his own radio show for seven years, and is the self-anointed star of CBS Sports' show, Eye on Football. When he's not watching game tape, you can find Pete on Twitter or dreaming of an Arizona State national title in football.

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