But opening weekend is no time for a gloomy outlook; it’s an opportunity (possibly the last one) to believe your team will be a contender. (Or, at least, you know, a wild-card hopeful.) Here, a totally optimistic — to the point of perhaps being misguided — squint-a-bit-and-maybe-they-don’t-look-so-bad guide to New York’s NFL teams.
Jets best-case scenario: Geno Smith takes a step or three forward in his development, the Jets’ acquisitions pay off, and they sneak into the playoffs as a wild card.
Giants best-case scenario: If new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo breathes new life into the offense, they stay relatively healthy, and they take care of business against weaker opponents, the Giants, too, can compete for a wild-card berth.