New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles was asked about his views on the team's rivalry with Sunday's opponent, the New York Giants.
Bowles on Jets-Giants: "I don't think it's a rivalry, because we don't play them as much...."— Manish Mehta (@MMehtaNYDN) November 30, 2015
I am not sure there is a right or a wrong answer. I think this is a matter of personal opinion. It depends on how you view the game, how many friends and family members root for the other team, and various other factors.
I tend to fall on Bowles' side. I have a tough time getting up more for the Giants than any other NFC opponent. These teams play each other in a real game once every four years. An annual preseason game doesn't mean anything. The Jets and Philadelphia Eagles play each other every preseason, and that doesn't make it a rivalry.
The Jets and Giants aren't competing in the same division. They aren't competing in the same conference. One winning really does not affect the other.
Maybe if they played an annual game in December, and the teams were regularly ruining each other's season I would feel differently. I just can't get too worked up over the Giants, though. I respect their organization for the way they do things, and I like them because of how they drive the New England Patriots crazy.
What about you?