EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — When it comes to trash talking about bragging rights for New York, Tom Coughlin and the Giants are going to yield to Rex Ryan and the Jets.
Ryan and the Jets (8-6) can call themselves the big brothers in the metropolitan area or say they are the better team all they want. The Giants (7-7) don't care. The only thing important for both teams is winning Saturday and keeping their playoffs hopes alive.
And make no mistake, both are desperate.
The Giants enter the penultimate week trailing Dallas by a game in the NFC East. If New York can win out, it will capture the division and return to the playoffs for the first time since 2008. Two wins probably will make the Jets a playoff team again.